Ombre is one of the prettiest trends to hit the crafting scene and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down (unlike chevron, buh- bye.) These DIY Painted Ombre Thank You Tags are super easy to replicate and depending on the type of paint used, can really give gifts a pop of color. After you make a few of these you’ll want to paint a dozen to stamp with an Expressionery Thank You Stamp and have ready for the next time you need to say thank you.
Painted Ombre Thank You Tags
Sending a small gift complete with a beautiful handmade ombre tag is so much more fun than a traditional boring thank you card! By adding a handpainted tag your gift will have the thoughtful, handmade feel you know any recipient will appreciate. While this project does take some time, the outcome is worth the effort.
Step 1: Gather Supplies First, you will need a set of pre-cut gift tags and twine, or make your own by cutting out the desired size and shape tag from watercolor paper. Then, grab some watercolor paints, a small paintbrush, a glass with water to rinse the brush, customized Expressionery Thank You Stamp, paper towels and some newspaper to protect your working space.
Step 2: Arrange Blank Tags Next, take the blank white or ivory tags and lay them out on a piece of paper towel. This is important because you will want to soak up any excess water when painting.
Step 3: Start With Water Water is a key part of creating that perfect ombre look. Before you begin painting, take a brush and lightly cover the tag with water. When working with watercolor the pigment moves easily and the more water you have the better.
Step 4: Apply Paint Watercolor paints aren’t permanent to the paper like acrylics, so the color intensity can be increased or decreased depending on how much water is used. Watercolors are bright with less water and become pastel or transparent as you add water. For this project it’s best to start with the edge of the tag. This will be the darker more intense color. Add a tiny bit of water to your paint to get started and then apply a stripe of color to the tag. Let this dry about a minute or two and repeat.
Step 5: Add More Water Next, add a bit more water to the paint itself and apply a few more stripes of color to the tag. Keep these stripes as close as possible, increasing the amount of water in each stripe. This will give that that pretty gradient look. You may also want to use some water to pull pigment from one stripe to the next for a more subtle (less stripy) look. The great thing about watercolor is you can actually “lift” paint if there’s too much color by adding more water and blotting with a towel. So, don’t worry if once you get working there’s too much paint! Watercolor projects are easy to fix.
Step 6: Let Dry And Repeat When you’re finished painting let the tags dry for at least an hour. Repeat the ombre painting process with the rest of the tags and switch up paint colors to create a colorful set!
Step 7: Stamp Thank You When the tags are dry, it’s time to grab your Expressionery Thank You Stamp. Line up the stamp across the bottom of the tag, or position it in the center for a horizontal message.
Step 8: Attach Tag and Gift Cut a piece of string or bakers twine to attach the thank you tag to a gift.
These tags are such a pretty addition to any gift, you’ll want to make ombre tags for every gifting occasion!
This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.