Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’

04/09/15

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Looking for a super fast and easy project to work on? If so, I would definitely recommend trying out some dip dying DIYs.  And today’s project is actually a good way to dip your toes (couldn’t help myself) into this technique…

I originally made these dip dyed gift tags for Project Wedding and they’re SO easy, you can make them in less than five minutes. The process is similar to the dip dyed stationery sets I made a couple of months ago, only easier. Want to make your own?

Here’s how you can make your own dip dyed gift tags in just a few minutes…

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Mix up watercolor paint with water in a small container. I used an old mug, since I happen to have one lying around. Stir well and continue adding paint until you have a highly concentrated color. Next, dip the tags into the watercolor mixture. Then, remove from the paint and let the tags air dry on a paper towel or old rag. Write a message and add to gifts, mini bouquets, etc. Simple as that. Done and done!

For more photos from this DIY, visit Project Wedding.

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What DIY techniques have you been experimenting with lately? Anything in particular?

01/30/15

Printable DIY Note Cards for Valentine's Day

I love getting cards in the mail, from my friends especially because they always pick out the best cards. So this year, for Valentine’s Day, I’m hoping to return the favor.

There are roughly two weeks left before V-Day rolls around (even less than that for Galentine’s Day which is on the 13th – you know that if you watch Parks and Rec). So, I’m crossing my fingers that I can get some V-Day snail mail out to my friends on time (for once).

To help me get the V-Day cards rolling ASAP, I’ve partnered with Avery to create some V-Day printables that I can use right away. Aaand because I thought you might like to use these for your friends this year too, I have the printable / free download available for you at the bottom of this post.

Printable DIY Note Cards for Valentine's Day

I kept the phrases and designs simple, so they can be sent to as many people on your V-Day list as possible. For friends and significant others too! I was also thinking that the BE MINE cards would be cool for kids to share with classmates for the holiday. 

As usual, I went with a non-traditional color scheme. Because that’s just how I operate at this point, apparently. But I also incorporated some playful patterns this time to amp things up.

To make these with your home printer, you’ll just need to print ‘em out on Avery note card paper, add your note, put a stamp on it, and boom! Done. You can pair the card with a little gift (chocolate anyone?!) or just send it on its own with good vibes and a sweet note.

Printable DIY Note Cards for Valentine's Day

Printable DIY Note Cards for Valentine's Day

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

**Click here to download the Be Mine printable**
**Click here to download the You + Me printable**

Are you planning to send out any V-Day snail mail this year?

This post is in partnership with Avery. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

01/21/15

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery

This Friday is National Handwriting Day and I couldn’t be more pumped to whip my handwriting skills into shape. What about you?

So, I’ve partnered with Pentel of America to bring you a DIY video tutorial that is geared towards this super fun holiday. Make these dip dyed watercolor notecards and stationery sets, as gifts for friends and family and/or snail mail that you can stock up on to send out for special occasions, etc.

As part of the project, I collaborated with local designer, Erica Loesing from Yes Ma’am, to hand letter all of  the dip dyed cards. And Erica is sharing her top 3 tips for better handwriting today, as well. Yay!

But first, the (video) tutorial. Here’s how to make dip dyed watercolor stationery with hand lettered greetings…

One of the things I love most about this project is the accessibility. All you need are a handful of super basic supplies, along with a watercolor set and a simple marker. 

How to make dip dyed stationery

How to make dip dyed stationery

Here’s the full supplies list, in case you missed it in the video…

Supplies List:

The whole process of mixing the paints, and dipping the cards takes almost no time at all (it took an hour to dip dye 25+ cards in 3 different colors). Then, you let the cards dry flat overnight, underneath a stack of books (and in between paper towels), and you’re ready to letter the front of each card with custom messages and send them out. Piece of cake!

Note: During the dip dying process, when you lay the cards flat for drying (which you’ll see in the video), the designs created in the inside of the card are much different than what is created on the outside. So when the cards are dry, if you like the design that was created in the inside better (which will look more like inkblots than a dip dye pattern), just fold your card over the other way, so that the inside becomes the outside.

DIY // Dip Dyed Notecard Stationery

Dip Dyed

Can't Touch This

If you’re like me, you may need a little assistance in the handwriting department before tackling a dip dyed stationery set on your own. So, I asked Erica to outline her top 3 tips for better handwriting and lettering to give everyone a push in the right direction.

1. Embrace your style. Love the way your hand writes rather than always trying for it to look like someone else’s.

2. Be mindful. Being present while writing allows you to appreciate the subtleties of how each letter connects to the next, the spacing, how the scale of each letter compares to it’s neighbors. And as handwriting becomes a bit of a lost art, enjoying it is pretty special.

3. Each pen, pencil, or nib allows your hand to move a little bit differently.  Find the right tools for you.
Time to write some seriously awesome snail mail to friends. Right? Here’s how the finished project turned out…

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery with Hand Lettered Messaging

You Got This

Dip Dyed Paper Goods

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery with Hand Lettered Messages

Creative Direction, Production and Styling // Brittni Mehlhoff
Craft Production Assistant // Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and Video // Kimberly Murray
Hand Lettering // Erica Loesing from Yes Ma’am

Think you’ll give this dip dyed project a try? How are you planning to celebrate National Handwriting Day?

This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.