How to Create Watercolor and Embossed Placecards in 5 Minutes
This year I had big plans for our Thanksgiving placecards. I was going to cut them out with wood and my Cricut. After 2 hours of attempting to make that work, I gave up and realized I needed a quick solution.
I didn’t have time to run to the store since our guests were coming in just a few hours, so I scrounged together some materials that I already had laying around.
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So whether you need placecards for Thanksgiving, Christmas, a wedding, or just a simple dinner party, these are a great solution.
They just take a few minutes to make (aside from dry time) and look beautiful. You can use any color of watercolors to match any theme!
Alright, let’s start DIYing!
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How to Make Simple Watercolor Placecards
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Step 1: cut your placecards
Cut your placecards to your desired size. Since ours were sitting on plates, we decided to cut just a small rectangle rather than creating placecards that are folded in half.
Step 2: Watercolor
We wet our paintbrush before dipping it in each color and just did one stroke of three different colors. Then we wet our paintbrush again and brushed over the whole placecard to blend the colors.
Allow your placecards to dry for at least 1 hour. They should be completely dry to the touch before moving onto the embossing step.
STEP 3: emboss it
Write the name or saying that you want on the placecard using an Emboss-It pen. If you think you might need multiple tries before getting the name right, lightly write the name with a pencil (not mechanical–the mechanical pencil lead is too harsh and will indent on your placecard). Once you are content with the look, trace over it with the Emboss-It pen.
Generously cover the writing with embossing powder. Tap the extra powder off onto the card or a piece of paper so that you can easily pour it back into the container. After tapping the majority of the powder off, lightly blow the remaining excess off.
Note: If the embossing powder doesn’t look like a solid line, cover the words again. If it still isn’t covering, you can carefully rewrite the areas of the words that need it. Just be sure to line it up with your current writing!
Use your heat gun to heat the embossing powder. It will start off slowly as the heat gun is warming up and then it will quickly emboss the rest of the name.
Avoid touching the name for at least a few minutes after using the heat gun. Other than that, you’re done with your simple placecards!
What did you make your placecards for? Let me know in the comments below. And as always, we would LOVE to see your photos. Send us a picture of your placecards on Instagram and feel free to reach out with any questions!