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Foil Watercolor Gift Tags

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Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

I've always loved watercoloring, and pairing that look with foils is simply gorgeous. With the Minc machine, some free printables and watercolors, you can create some uniquely stunning foil watercolor gift tags and artwork in just minutes!!

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

Start by printing out the "You Are My Sunshine" gift tags on heavy cardstock or watercolor paper with at little texture as possible. Cut the gift tags out and grab some watercolors. Any kind of watercolors will do!! You'll also need a paint brush and a small cup of water.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

For best results painting on cardstock, wet the watercolors, then paint on the dry paper. Get creative! Paint in any colors, make messy or clean paint strokes, and paint a section of the tag, or the entire thing!

**Very important: let the paper dry completely before adding foil in the next step! When the tags have dried, take a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe the front of the tags. This will help remove some of the paint off the printed text.

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There are tons of ways to foil projects, but none are as easy and quick as using the Minc, especially for this project!! The Minc is an incredible crafting tool that turns laser printed items (both pre-made or your own custom designs) into a beautifully foiled creation in just seconds. You can see more in my previous post introducing the Minc and showing what it can do!

Turn on the Minc machine and set the heat setting to 3. The Minc foils come in a variety of colors, so it's fun to be able to coordinate them with the watercolor colors I used on the tags. Cut the foils with sharp scissors to cover the wording on the gift tags.

Open the carrier sheet and place the painted gift tags face up. Carefully lay the foil pieces over the tags (color side up) and lightly press down and make sure none of the text is uncovered. Carefully lay the top of the carrier sheet down over your project and smooth it out with your hand.

Tip: Sometimes static on the carrier sheet can cause the foil to shift, so just work slowly and try to keep everything in place as best you can.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

Run the carrier sheet through the Minc, then remove the tags and foil. Peel up the foil, and voila! Foiled, watercolored tags in just minutes!!

**The reason you need to find a watercolor paper with little to no texture is because the foil won't stick properly on textured paper. The smoother the paper, the better.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

To finish turning the tags into usable tags, simply use a standard hole punch to punch a hole in the center of the beveled side of the tag.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

Use some baker's twine, ribbon, or jute and thread it through the hole in the tag so you can easily attach it to any gift or package.

Free Printable Foil Watercolor Gift Tags at artsyfartsymama.com

I love the unique look these tags give to any gift, and will really "brighten" someone's day! Even though I don't have a lot of gifts to give out right now, I just can't stop making these tags because it's so easy and fun!!


Make your own Foil Watercolor "You Are My Sunshine" Print at artsyfartsymama.com

I've also made the "You Are My Sunshine" into a printable 8x10 for you to frame and put on display! Print it out on cardstock or untextured watercolor paper, then paint to your heart's content. Let it dry, then run it through the Minc the same way as the gift tags.

Make your own Foil Watercolor "You Are My Sunshine" Print at artsyfartsymama.com

Peel the foil, and place your print in a frame or hang on a clipboard. It really adds some color and shine to your space and it's fun to create custom decor for your home!


If you want to make your own foil creations, the Minc starter kit and accessories are available at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann, as well as local stores and online shops.


7 comments:

  1. I love these! That foil really makes the tags pop!

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  2. Such an adorable printable and this is so cool! I love the font and all the paints and colors. I'm definitely going to have to try this. It would be a great activity for the kids at our center!

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  3. Gorgeous!!! I love anything with watercolor, and the gold on top is beautiful!

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  4. Wow! These are so cool! Looks way above my level of crafty, but you make it look easy. I love the backsplash of water colors- so simple yet I never would have thought of it

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  5. These gift tags are so nice. I would use these!

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  6. This is such a cute and clever project! I love the colors and the foil - such a great touch! Pinning to make for some Christmas presents :)

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  7. Beautiful tags! Thank you for the printable. Would it work just as well to foil first and then watercolor?

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