Before the Internet blew up, one way you could casually give a friend a simple and affordable gift was by giving them gift cards. Companies like Hallmark were able to create heartwarming tag lines and had different gift cards for every occasion, including grieving.
However, in this day and age, giving gift cards seems like a thing of the past. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, fewer people are inclined to give gift cards, unless it’s for a company gift to your office mom.
This article discusses how you can customize gift cards to your liking and make them fun. If you can enjoy painting or drawing, you can customize a paint by number kit to fit a standard gift card’s size.
Why You Should Give Gift Cards:
Gift cards are affordable and can be a neutral gift if the person you’re giving them to isn’t close to you. Aside from that, if you enjoy vintage gifts, some people would consider the act of giving gift cards as a rare relic.
Gift cards can also be used if you don’t have a big budget for gifts, but still want something that can be personal and thoughtful. However, if you don’t want to give any old store-bought gift card, then you should look into companies that produce customized paint by number kits.
Regardless of age, gift cards will always be a good staple, especially if you want to give a gift in monetary form. But putting a twist into these timeless gifts will make it a fun project for you and a memorable keepsake for the person you’re giving it to.
How To Make A Simple Gift Card:
If you have talent in the painting department, then you may want to try to customize your gift cards without a guide. You can do this by purchasing watercolor paper, or pre-packed watercolor cards.
Here are the steps to creating a simple gift card:
Tape your blank card on a board, and mount it on an easel- This will make it easier for you to keep the card stable while you paint it.
Prime your canvas: Like any normal canvas, priming will help make the colors of your painting pop. You may want to try using Gesso primer, as it is well-known for being one of the best.
Prepare your materials: Before you start painting, make sure that you have the materials you need, this will include your brushes, your paint, tissue, and water, and whatever primer you decide to use for your project.
Start painting: Once you have all your materials ready and are set up and ready to paint, you can start your sketching process. It would be nice if you use watercolor pencils to sketch the image you want to paint.
Fill in the blanks: After you finish sketching out what you want to paint, you can start painting your card. Make sure to plan out the layout of your painting well to ensure that you don’t make mistakes.
Investing in Paint By Number Kits:
If you aren’t into art or don’t have any painting skills, then you may want to invest in paint by number kits. While most craft stores carry basic kits, you can find companies online that customize paint-by-number kits.
However, you should inquire if these companies allow you to choose a different size from the standard canvas size. Companies like Miicreative can give you sizing options, but you may be charged extra because this isn’t the normal size. They also have the option of Gift Cards in their store that you can print with a card!
When it comes to giving simple gifts, adding an artistic twist will make it more personal for you and the person you’re gifting it to. Customizing your gift card will be a fun project for you to take on, especially because most people are still isolated in quarantine.
Whether you decide to order a paint by number kit for your gift card, or you decide to do a free-hand design, then we hope that the guide provided will make it easier for you to take on this gift idea.