How To Draw Evergreen Branches

Hello there!   I am running way behind schedule with my posts as we had company over earlier in the week and with Christmas preparation.  So here is a look at some of my holiday cards designs for 2016, an ornament hanging on evergreen branch.  

It is my drawing and the inspiration was taken from our Christmas tree.  I made a dozen card using this design layout.  However, the branch design varies on all the cards since I did the drawing as I go.  Here I also show 2 ways on how I use a circle dies to create the ornament.  A great way to extend the use of your dies!  And since it's the Christmas holiday, I have a gift for the end of this post :)  All supplies used here will be list at the end of the post, linked to the shops where I purchased them from. 

holiday cards 2016 christina hor designs

Here is one design.  The branches were sketched out using Ranger Distress marker Peeled Paint onto the Ellen Hutson's Letterpress cardstock. For the ornament, I first die cut out the Spellbinder Nestabilities Standard Circle dies set onto a scrap piece of cardstock.   Then used the negative piece to trace and guide my coloring for a perfect circle.  I colored the ornament red with Copic markers R35, R37 and R39.  Then carefully rub on a coat of Tonic Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer paste for a little sparkle and texture.  Finally I drew on the ornament holder and carefully paint it in gold with the Tonic Indian Gold Nuvo embellisment mousse.  Then poke two holes with a needle and hung the ornament to the branch with a piece of embroidery thread.

holiday cards 2016 christina hor designs

Here is another design of the branches.  I kept the same layout as the first card above.  But this time, I die cut the Spellbinder Nestabilities Standard Circle dies set right onto the cardstock and adhere that to the Bazzill peppermint card base.   Then die cut out the Memory Box Pinpoint snowflake, rub it with Tonic Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer paste and adhere to the ornament.  The ornament holder was colored with Copic Twinkle Stars glitter pen and then outline with Copic multiliner.

holiday cards 2016 christina hor designs

To quickly mass produce the cards, I first cut out all the cardstock pieces and used my favorite MISTI stamping tool to stamp out "Happy Holiday" sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Happy Christmas clear stamp set. Then do my sketching.

Now my Christmas gift to to draw your own evergreen branches for your own last minutes holiday cards! :)

Here what you will need...a piece of white cardstock and green marker.

For my demonstration, I'm going to use a white Gelly pen since I'm doing it on the peppermint cardstock.

how to draw evergreen

I hope you enjoy your Christmas gift.  I would like to share my cards over at Word Art Wednesday (challenge #260 & #261).

Thanks for joining me and happy holidays!


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the thumbnail picture or wording to take you directly to the product. 

SSS Happy Christmas Set

Tonic Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Tonic Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Lawn Fawn BLACK LICORICE Premium Dye Ink

Sizzix Express


Copic Marker-R35

Copic Marker-R37

Copic Marker-R39

Bazzill Cardstock-Peppermint

Ellen Hutson Letterpress Carstock

Copic Multiliner Set

SB Nestabilities Standard Circles

SB Nestabilities Classic Rectangles

Memory Box Pinpoint Snowflakes Dies

Ranger Distress Marker-Peeled Paint

Copic Twinkling Stars Glitter Pen

I would love if you would pin this summary photo of my ornament on branch holiday cards and become my Pinterest buddy :)

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Lori Kobular said...

Your cards are so pretty! I love the branch and the tutorial on how to make branches that look real!

Donna Ellis said...

Thanks, Christina! Beautiful!

Edwina said...

I love your cards so much. Your drawings are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how to draw pine. Edwina Brown

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christina, these are GORGEOUS! My mouth dropped when I read and saw that you hand drew the pine boughs. These are both stunning, sweet friend! You continue to bless us with your gifts! Hugs and wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas...with love! xoxo

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