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Art Journal Techniques for Holiday Cards

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Lauren partnered with Strathmore (our art journal bffs) to help you create lovely, personal art using their postcards and mixed media cards. These are perfect for all of your art journaling projects this holiday season as the paper is 184 lb. and will be able to stand up to all the wet medium you can pile on them – which is what we are going to do with them in the video below.

First up, let’s create a winter wonderland. Follow along in the first half of the video as Lauren teaches you how to create a snow filled background, grow trees with just a brush pen + water and then learn to make it snow.


Next, how about a twist on the traditional holiday card?! Let’s create cards using our photos, ephemera and personal styles to send heartfelt seasons greetings.


  • Strathmore Mixed Media Cards
  • Collage material
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Transparent gesso
  • Paint spreader
  • Writing utensils of your choice (Brush pens, paints makers, etc)

Wouldn’t you love to receive a handmade card like this? Wouldn’t you feel so loved and be so impressed by your crafty friends?!

YES! You would. So send out that lovely art you created and be sure to share it with us too on instagram using the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

Happy Holidays friends! May this season be filled with art and love!


Please note: This post was created in collaboration with Strathmore but all opinions, art and tutorials are our own. We only partner with brands we personally use and love and want to bring you the very best here at Get Messy!


  1. Kate

    Lauren! Thank you for the ideas! X

  2. Kristin Sederberg

    Where do you get your sheet music?

  3. Heidi Lilley

    I love the simplicity of your trees on that really pretty ombre background. I may just have to try that later this morning, will post it on IG if i do 🙂 Thanks for the tips 🙂

  4. Maura

    Great cards, Lauren. I’m so glad you shared with us.