I was looking to create a candy box for a neighbor that wasn't feeling too well, but I wasn't particularly excited about any of the papers I had in my stash. Instead, I set out to make a patterned paper of my very own that I could use to make a candy pouch. Above is the inspiration courtesy, of course, of my favorite design inspiration site, Color Collective.
The ingredients are simple:
- color palette
- repeat pattern in color palette - I made mine
- post & presents tutorial for making your pouch
1. Make your repeat pattern. You can download free vector patterns here, or make your own. In a nutshell, I made a zig-zag line across my page using the pen tool in illustrator with the thickness of the line at about 11pts. After I made my first line, I selected the line with my general selection tool & dragged the line down the sheet while holding the shift & option keys. The shift key keeps the line in the same vertical as the previous line & the option key repeats the line. Once you're satisfied with the distance between the two lines, hit command D until the line repeats all the way off the page. From there, color each stroke in your desired colors.
3. Make the pouch
4. Make the lettering for the label. I have a Wacom tablet, so I used that to write "for you" in cursive. You could scan in your own handwriting & live trace it, or use a script font (See my last post for good ones) to write "for you".
5. Make the background for the label. Using your marquee tool (the rectangle) make a rectangle the desired size of your tag (about 2"x2"). Using the direct select tool, select the top line of the rectangle, hold down the shift key & move the top line of the rectangle to the left about 1/3 of the way. This creates your parallelogram. Fill in with the solid color of your choice.
7. Cut out.
8. Using the instructions from the Post & Presents tutorial, make a pouch & fill it with candy or other misc. goodies. Fini!
I used baker's twine to attach the tag to the pouch. The striped twine + chevron pattern compliment each other well. Enjoy!