Just warning you, Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday, so there will be a lot of hearts and pink for the next week and a half or so. I pretty much love any holiday where I have an excuse to share treats, make cards, and use glitter! I’ve been obsessed with watercolor lately, and was inspired by some gorgeous images I discovered through Pinterest.
I wanted to create some gift tags for some treat bags that I am sharing, and I knew that blush colored watercolor ombre would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. And a touch of glitter as well. They were so simple to make, and I had a lot of fun pretending to be an artist! Instead of using actual watercolors, I used Faber Castell “Gelatos” to paint the tags. I’ve been playing around with these lately and I love how easy it is to paint using them, and the clean up is almost nonexistent.
I knew I wanted a double layered tag, so I used Papertrey Ink’s Tag Sale #9 Die Set to cut out the tags, they are perfect for layering. (An easy way to re-create this without this particular die set is to cut out two identical tags, and then trim down one so that it is a little shorter than the other.) I cut out the top layer from a watercolor paper pad, and the bottom from gold glitter cardstock. Also ended up cutting some silver at the same time to use for other projects.
Here comes the fun part! On a piece of scrap paper, just scribble a little bit of the Gelato on. The consistency is kind of like an eye shadow crayon, if that makes any sense. And I love that these have a bit of shimmer to them. Dip your brush (I’m using the one that came with the gelatos) into water, and run it across the bottom of your watercolor tag. Then rub your brush along the gelato, getting some of the color, and then paint over the tag where it is wet. Then repeat. To make the ombre easy, what I did was dip the brush into the water right after the first application of the gelato, then apply it to the tag, so just a tiny bit of color gets on it. You can just keep doing that until you get the look you want. I used just a bit of color at a time, adding more to the bottom to make it darker/more opaque.
After letting your watercolor tags dry, you can stamp on your message. If the tags are not laying flat, just stick them under a stack of books for a bit and they should be fine. For my valentine tags, I used two different stamp sets: Confetti by Mama Elephant and Heart Squared by Papertrey Ink. The Confetti set is perfect for gifts and treats year round, and the small sentiments on the Heart Squared set are a great size for tags. I used Versafine Ink in Onyx Black which is my go to black ink for everything, it stamps detail beautifully. Then all you have to do is layer the gold glitter tag underneath, and tie it all up with a bit of baker’s twine (I used one with a bit of gold metallic thread mixed in).
Love how these turned out, especially with the glitter peeking out underneath. You can really use any paper really, I can see this looking lovely with a striped patterned paper too!