The Christmas tree is one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas cheer, and we’ve found some original and creative techniques that you can explore in making your gift cards and tags.
Watercolour & Washi Tape
This is a really simple and smart approach to the Christmas tree! Using Washi tape, create a triangle on a piece of card or tag. Using watercolour or markers (try our great Penflex markers!), or coloured pencils, create coloured lines in the triangular space. Remove the tape and voila!
Colourful Silhouette Cards
This is a really great way of making colourful and diverse cards. Using a sheet of white card and your choice of crayon, Penflex marker, watercolour or acrylic paints,Penflex highlighters or coloured pencils, you can create the background striping effect on the white card. For more festive cheer, add glitters and gemstones! Select your silhouette of choice and cut that out from the black card. Stick the black card to the colourful card and, hey presto!
For a detailed tutorial on how to make these cards, click here.
Here are a few other craft techniques that you can experiment with for your cards and tags:
Card cut-outs with coloured/patterned paper peeking through
Pencil sharpenings and markers or fineliners
Buttons glued onto card
Experiment and be creative!
DIY Christmas Wrapping
Rather than spend money on fancy gift wrapping paper, why not try out making some of your very own? Here are some creative DIY and upcycled gift wrapping ideas
Splatter Paint Paper
You’ll need: brown kraft wrapping paper, acrylic paint in desired colours, water and a cup or bowl.
Add a few drops of paint to the cup and a tiny bit of water to thin it down. Dip your brush in the paint, then hold it over the paper, and tap the paintbrush with your other hand.
Several factors affect the size of the paint blobs. More paint on the brush, plus harder tapping, generally equals bigger paint splatters, and less paint, plus lighter tapping, means small splatters. And the more watered-down your paint is, the smaller the splatters will be. So, experiment to see what effect you like best! There’s no wrong way to do it!
Wrap gifts with twine, string or ribbon and add a sprig of green or a stick of cinnamon for that Christmas scent.