Hand-Colored Vintage Christmas Cards With Cricut Pens

Hand-Colored Vintage Christmas Cards With Cricut Pens

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Are you looking for a unique and personalized way to make holiday cards this year? Look no further than your Cricut machine! With this project, you can upload vintage black and white images to Cricut Design Space and let the machine draw the outline for you. Then, you can use your favorite markers or colored pencils to add vibrant color to the illustration for a hand-colored effect that's sure to impress.

All you need are some basic supplies like cardstock or watercolor paper, blank cards and envelopes, and a tape runner or paper glue. With easy-to-follow directions and step-by-step photos, you can create beautiful cards with vintage winter scenes like a girl on a sled or winter birds. So fire up your Cricut machine and get ready to create handmade holiday cards that your friends and family will treasure.

vintage image colored card- girl on sled




  • Cricut machine with .04 tip basic black pen
  • Cardstock or watercolor paper (choose watercolor paper if you plan to color using alcohol-based markers)
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Scrapbook paper in coordinating colors (optional)
  • Blank cards and envelopes
  • Tape runner or paper glue


Locate a copyright-free vintage black and white image to use for your card.  The images used in the project samples were found on Graphics Fairy.  Download an edited version of the winter birds here and the girl on the sled here.

original image on graphics fairy


Upload the image to Cricut Design Space.  Click to select and erase the background.  Upload the resulting image to your canvas.

select and erase


Set the image to write using a fine point black pen.

set to write


Create a rectangle that is appropriate for the size of your cards and envelopes.  The rectangle in the birds sample is 6.25″ x 4.25″.  Set the rectangle to cut.  Size the image and center it on the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle and image.

size to cut


Follow the machine prompts to make the project.  The machine will draw the image on cardstock or watercolor paper and then cut it out.

machine prompts


Color the image using markers or colored pencils.  The sample project uses alcohol-based markers from Spectrum Noir.  Attach the colored image to the front of the card using double stick tape or paper glue.  Layer the colored image with additional coordinating scrapbook papers if desired.

winter birds card

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