With Mother’s Day around the corner I thought it would be neat to make paint stenciled gift cards.
This project was a lot of fun and where ink is the traditional color transfer for many paper crafts, I decided to use chalk-based paint.
This was really easy!
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Supplies for Painted Cards
- Dixie Belle Paint here – any colors, the brighter the better and they have an amazing selection.
- Cutting Edge Stencils here – I used their small card stencils and brushes because they’re amazing!
- Blank Note Cards
- Paint Palette, paper towels and painters’ tape will also be necessary.
First, let me say this activity was a lot of fun and more of an experiment at first because I wasn’t sure how Dixie Belle paint would transfer on paper.
As you can see it went pretty great and it’s possible, I got a little carried away with this idea.
Dixie Belle paint is chalk based and because it dries fast with just a little bit of paint on the brush everything came together really quick.
Cutting Edge Stencils was the perfect option because they have card stencils. If you’ve ever purchased their product, then you know they also include one or two with each order as a thank you.
Let’s just say, I have several of these card stencils.
I’m also excited to share, they’re now using a thick mylar which makes their stencils very durable. This is fantastic because they’re also reasonable and perfect for mix and matching designs.
Step by Step Transfer
The transfer was fast and here’s the key to making this work without flaws – USE VERY LITTLE PAINT.
With each card I used three bright colors on each design. The lighter options didn’t show up unless you want to use one for blending.
- We begin with a blank card and stencil, no need for tape unless you’re trying to block off part of the stencil.
- Then we lightly add the first color in a few areas.
- The second color is added the same way by filling in the rest of the blank areas – a little overlapping is fine.
- The final color is added and it goes over to blend and complete the hummingbird.
Against the white that hummingbird looked like it could fly right off the paper.
If you’ve never stenciled before I have three links that you’ll want to check out before you begin. These articles will walk you through how to stencil, which brushes to use and how to clean your stencils.
Most important tip and I say it all the time, less paint on the brush is the key to your success and practice on blank paper first.
Now that my cards are finished, I have a neat little gift that’s perfect for Mother’s Day or any time of year because believe it or not some people still enjoy reaching out with a hand written note.
Inspire others to keep writing and make these creative gift cards.