I've recently fallen in love with Caran D'ache neocolour crayons. I like them because they come in some really great colours and they seem to create a very pigmented watercolour (if you so choose) rather than the usually pale watercolour effect that I was getting from my paint palette watercolours. They also seem to provide more pigment than my Gelatos do.
I recently bought some tag dies from Studio Calico and wanted to use my watercolours and some other supplies I had on hand to make some gift tags. Here are the supplies I used (plus the Neocolors pictured above and a watercolour pen):
I used the largest of the dies to cut the tags first, before watercolouring, because I wanted to control where the watercolour was being placed on the tag, although I think it would also be nice to use the dies on a previously watercoloured page. You'd probably end up with some nice random designs.
I rubbed my Neocolors on paper, rubbed my watercolour pen in the pigment, and then squeezed my pen and dripped the colour onto the tags, moving it around as I saw fit. A donkey appeared on one of the tags right before my very eyes. It was the strangest thing. I can't say I was displeased about it though. Magic donkeys are welcome in my crafting area any day!
I created a "scribbled" effect by using the crayons directly on the tags after I dripped the watercolours on them. I just lightly scribbled a bit as you can see on this tag:
After the tags were dry, I took some vellum labels that I bought at the dollar store and stuck them onto a piece of cardstock which I then ran through my typewriter to create some greetings/sayings for the tags.
I also used some very old gold letter stickers that I found in someone's office at an estate sale to pretty up the tags. I had to really fight with those letter stickers. Picking them off their sheet was not the highlight of my day. I think crafting supplies have come a long way in recent years. ;)
I think I'm going to be getting a lot of use out of those tag dies!