There's no question—handmade gifts are truly from the heart. What better way to let someone know you really love them? And even though you're a busy mom, it can be therapeutic to sit down and create something by hand. Here are some paper techniques for creating beautiful cards. Use one of these and surprise someone you love with a piece they'll treasure!
Background staining is something you can do with coffee or tea—it's that simple! Background staining gives any paper product an aged look. You can find full instructions here. Bonus: your kids can even help on this one.
This is also an amazing technique—although more complicated than background staining. Perfect pearls add a shimmery, stamped background to any paper crafts.It helps in adding dimension as well as brightness to the paper crafts. Mica powder can be used for this technique. For a great tutorial, look here.
Unlock the magic of shimmering element powders and create beautiful paper for crafting and mixed media projects. Click here for a full tutorial. Pair these with the best craft paper cutters, and use them as a background for origami.
Alcohol inks are highly pigmented inks that can be diluted with alcohol. This technique results in a lovely puddle-look to the background. Beautiful and unique! For a full tutorial click here.
Masking is an easy paper technique that ends up looking impressive! In masking, you give the illusion that one object is behind another. This is another project you can attempt with your kiddos. For a full tutorial, click here.
The embossed resist technique is simple but looks beautiful! In this technique, an embossed image "resists" the ink. So ink surrounds the image, making the image stand out against the background. Super Simple Stamping has an easy tutorial here.
You've got the option of adding color to paper and your favorite crafts by using the tissue paper tie-dye technique. Mix and match different colors to create a bleeding effect. This also helps in creating unique paper craft projects. For a full tutorial click here.