Spring is in the air, but this week has been anything but springy with two sick kids. But in spite of the sickness, the weather has been beautiful and so are these pretty pink peony DIY name cards that I made for a church dinner party. It took me a while to get the look I was hoping for, but I’m pretty darn happy with how they look!
DIY Name Cards Supplies
To make these pretty name cards, you’ll need the following supplies:
Pink Peony Cards
First, use your Cricut Explore to cut four cards with peonies and leaves. The free JPG file can you can use in the Cricut Design Space to make them as small or large as you want can be found at the bottom of this post. When editing in the Design space be sure to “erase” outside the card and inside the leaves and petals. Save and duplicate on your canvas. It takes a few minutes to cut each card because of the intricate details, but it turns out so stunning, so it’s worth the wait!
Helpful tips: Be sure to use a new/ newer mat so that the machine can cut the fine details. In addition, I recommend using three Cricut tools, the spatula, scraper and the weeding tool. I used two Cricut tools, the spatula helps to peel the card stock from the mat, without making the paper roll and the scraper is great at getting those fine pieces from the peony off the mat. I would also recommend using the weeding tool as well, but I didn’t have one handy. You can purchase all of them here for a really good price!
Next up is your watercolor and seriously the easiest part! All you need is a cup of water, a paint brush and a basic set of watercolors. I got mine at the craft store for cheap and it has been perfect for all my little craft projects.The beauty of this is the peony cut outs make your paint look awesome and all you have to do is dab it on the cut areas and it looks fabulous!
I used a light pink and a red/pink for the petals of my peonies. I liked the depth the two colors gave. For the leaves I used my green and mustard yellow with a 3:1 ratio. Let dry or use a heat tool or blow dryer to speed up the process. Helpful Hint: Try not to use too much water to avoid your paper warping or curling.
You can view this video for a closer look on painting your peonies.
DIY Name Card Calligraphy
This part is really fun for me. I like to write out my words with a pencil first and then trace with an ultra fine point Sharpie. Next, I thicken the down stroke lines. It’s pretty simple especially when you cheat, like me and thicken the lines afterwards. I have still yet to master the brush pens!
Then erase all your pencil marks! (P.S. You’ve probably noticed my friend Kristina Bills name on my cards, and I just have to give a shout out to her because she is literally the best photographer I’ve ever met! She took these awesome photos for us and we LOVE them!!)
Now finish off your cute DIY name cards with a little bit of pink bakers twine. Helpful Hint: I found my bakers twine in a pack of three at the dollar store. See what I did with my green baker’s twine here.
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