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8 Videos (29m)
    • Quick Watercolor Gift Tags

    • Supplies

    • Masking

    • Stenciling

    • Watercolor Resist

    • Inks and mists

    • Finishing Touches

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class


As a papercrafter and mixed media artist, I like to make my own gift tags for parcels, to make my gifts more personal. But very often when I need to wrap a parcel, I don't have any gift tags at hand, and end up cutting one quickly from patterned paper. So for this class, I thought I would make myself a big stash of gift tags, which are suitable for many different occasions.

In this class, you'll learn a quick and easy watercolor resist background technique, which will work for many different types of projects. The technique uses acrylic gels and watercolor paint, and I will also show you the same technique with dye-based inks (Distress Inks) and spray mist.

This class is a great opportunity to play around with different color combinations and to get to know your watercolor paints and acrylic mediums better. Tags are a fun surface to try out new techniques on, since they are so small and it doesn't matter if something doesn't work out as planned. But, as with all my classes, you can use the techniques on any type of project. It will work great for card making, art journaling, scrapbooking, 3-D items, or as a background for a mixed media piece.

I discuss the supplies and possible substitutions in the class and encourage you to use what you have at hand. All you need is watercolor paper, watercolor paint (or dye inks or spray mists), an acrylic gel or paste, and a stencils (it can be homemade too). You can find links to the supplies I used in the Quick Watercolor Gift Tags post on my blog. There are also some additional photos there.

Because it is soon Christmas, I decided to make the class free, but only for a week (until 27 December), after that it will become a premium class.

If you have any questions or comments, please share them in the class discussion area, and if you have any ideas about classes you'd like to see, just let me know and I will see what I can do. :)

Happy crafting!


25 of 25 students recommendSee All

Wonderful video!! loved the class. Thank you so much.
This is a great class! Love the masking technique and clear instructions.
Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand






Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Mixed Media artist, papercrafter and stamper

I am a mixed media artist, paper crafter and stamper, sharing inspiration and tutorials on my blog Layers of ink. I have been doing arts and crafts my whole life and started papercrafting in 2002. How lucky I am to have found the joy of making art from paper, dies, stamps, ink, paint and photographs. I enjoy switching between different projects and sizes: cards, tags, mini-books, art journaling, layouts, and canvases. I also do a lot of 3-D projects and home décor/gift items.

I love trying out new and old techniques, to experiment and try different products and tools. I like to include little meaningful details and words on my projects. Building scenes, playing with texture and colour are some of my favourite things. The possibilities are truly endless and every project is a creative adventure.

I am happy to create for some wonderful companies and brands: Sizzix, Simon Says Stamp, Darkroom Door, Eileen Hull, and The Craft Stamper. Former design teams include Tim Holtz Media Team, CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration, and Craft a Scene.

Education-wise, I have a PhD in Peace and Development Research, and I have studied a wide area of topics within the social sciences, but also some graphic design and web design.

Come visit me at Layers of ink, if you want to see more of my work.