I put together a simple DIY project with beautiful results. I've always been a big
fan of watercolors.
They're so versatile and easy to use. They give this project the dreamy, soft
quality I was looking for.
I painted in 3 different color schemes; rainbow colors for one set, some warm colors and then
then some cool colors. Choose colors that go with the gift wrap you have on hand
or suit them to a particular holiday. Shades of red and green for Christmas, or lovely
pastels for Easter.
Supplies you'll need:
- watercolor paper, any size
- small watercolor paint brush
- set of watercolor paints
- glass of water
- lots of paper towels
Get your paper, paints, paint brush, water and paper towels all ready in front of
you. It doesn't matter what size of watercolor paper you use since you'll be cutting
it into gift tag sizes anyways. My paper was 9" by 12" so my gift tags ended up
being 3" wide and 1.5" tall. It also doesn't matter what kind of watercolor paints
you use. I have the cheapest little palette I could find, I think it's actually
meant for kids! As long as you have the primary colors, black and brown, it will be
more than enough for most projects.
Cut your paper into long strips. The size of these strips will depend on the size of
the paper you chose. Like I said, my paper was 9" wide so I cut it into thirds that
were 3". This will be the width of your tag.
Now the fun part! I wanted rainbow tags, so I went with a classic ROY G. BIV color
scheme. Grab a little of your first color and start mixing it with a bit of water in
your lid or on a plate. Being light and watery is what watercolors do best, so
don't just use the paint straight out of the palette. You can always add more color,
but you can't take it away.
Start painting onto the paper towel underneath your paper so the paint doesn't pool
at the top of the page. Paint in one long, continuous motion all the way down the
paper ending on the paper towel again. If the color is too light for you, carefully go
over the stripe again before the paint dries. Do this again for all your colors.
Once the paint dries completely (shouldn't take long), cut the strip of paper into
gift tag sizes. Since my paper was 12" long, I made 8 tags per strip by cutting at
And there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts in the
comments section. Thanks for stopping by!
Bonus! Here's a little stop-motion video I made while I was painting my tags.
Hope you like it!
Watercolor Gift Tags Stop Motion from Sara Funduk on Vimeo.
This has to be my favorite color combo I've done on my nails ever. And
it's all thanks to this photo I saw on a Design Sponge
I've put together this short little how-to for you! I hope you like it!
Stuff you'll need:
- 2 colors of nail polish
- painter's tape
- top coat
FYI, I used Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow and
Essie's Mod Square. It took me a really long time to find this color combo since
yellow and pink are sort of a weird pair, but this technique looks great with
basically any combo. Pick two different shades of pink for a more subtle look.
Paint your nails with the first color. It's best to use the lighter color first
since the darker one will cover it easier. Also, please excuse those cuticles. They
need professional help.
Let it dry completely. I'm bad at waiting, so I made a cocktail!
Cut strips of painter's tape and place it diagonally accross your nail. You should
only do one nail at a time. Some people use regular clear tape for this kind of thing,
but I find it breaks a lot on me.
Paint over the end of your nail with the second color and peel the tape off right
away in one quick motion. Don't let it dry before taking the tape off, this is
why you should do one nail at a time.
Let your one hand dry before tackling the other. Then, apply a generous top coat to
protect your hard work.
Hey there! I made this free printable thank you card just for you! Click on the
image to download a printable high resolution PDF. You can use the polka dot pattern
for the reverse side of the card or print it on a seperate sheet of paper and use it
as an envelope liner.
Here's what you'll get:
- One 8.5"x11" PDF with 2 thank you cards (each card measures 5.5"x4.25")
- One 8.5"x11" PDF with the polka dot pattern
Please let me know if you like this freebie! Want more? Tell me!
Printing Instructions and Tips
I recommend printing this test page on the printer you plan to use with the paper
you plan to use.
- the colours may not look as you expect them to
- the size of the font/images/invite itself may not be what you expect
- gives you practice cutting along the crop marks
- the printer may not accept the paper you want to use
- if you run into any problems, you can make adjustments to your plan before you
commit to the invite
Make sure your printer settings are set to the maximum quality, correct paper
size and weight.
- depending on your printer you may find it cuts off a little of the crop marks, as
long as you can see a bit of them, you'll be fine
- if the printer cuts off a whole crop mark or part of the design, set your printer
to print "borderless" so it prints right to the edge
Once the sample is printed cut along the crop marks. I recommend cutting along the
centre one first. This is the line the separates the invite from the RSVP card,
they share an edge. When you purchase your actual invite set, there will be 2
invites on one page and 2 RSVP cards on a different page. This will make cutting
and assembly even faster and easier.
FAQ's about Printing Samples:
Q: Why does it look so weird?
A: The sample is just that; a sample of the artwork that will appear on your invite.
It's there to give you an idea of size and color so you can make sure the design is
perfect before you commit to your purchase. I chop up the design and artwork a bit
so people can't use it for other things.
Q: Why does it look like the design runs over the edge of the invite?
A: Some designs do run over the edge of the invite. I do this so when you cut your
invites, the color will go right to the edge and you don't have to be 100% accurate
with your cuts.
Q: I love the invite and the sample was great, there's just one thing I want to change!
A: Just contact me at sara[at]mrhandsomeface[dot]com, I would be happy to help!
You will need adobe acrobat reader to open this PDF. If you don't have it, get it
for free here.
Click on the picture of the invite set to download the sample PDF.