I love a handmade touch on gift wrap. Nothing crazy, just a little something. A handmade gift is even better, of course, but there’s not always time, and even if there is, aren’t there some people on your list who’d rather you NOT give them something handmade? The same people who’d ask for video games– at least the ones on my list. So to start making a pile of gift tags I started with this assortment of options, all of which are available in-store at Michael’s or online via Plaid. I have two favorites here – the brushes, which have rubberized handles that are sooooo nice to use, and the paint, which is multi-surface. Paper, glass, ceramic, metal, plastic, fabric… I don’t know how they made it work on everything, but I’m so glad they did. And it covers smoothly and evenly. I’m a total nerd about paint and now this is the only craft paint I buy because it works so well on everything. I’m also a packaging nerd and I love the clean simplicity of the whole line. I’m a bunch of other kinds of craft nerdy but I think that’s sufficiently demonstrated throughout my blog posts. For this project, my supply list includes:
- card stock
Taped your stencil to sturdy card stock and use a light coat of paint with a wide brush. Here’s the critical step: remove the stencil and use a detail brush to clean up edges and fill in the “bridges”. When you’re finished, nice smooth lines and curves. Ready to dress up a package. To sturdy-up a gift tag on card stock, lightly coat both sides with decoupage medium. You’re adding a thin coat of plastic, in effect. Martha’s decoupage is even safe for the dishwasher! For more about Martha’s product lines, find them on Facebook, sign up for the newsletter or check out Plaid’s Martha Stewart Crafts Pinterest board. I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social, but all opinions are my own. Though the sponsors would probably agree that I’m a paint and packaging nerd.