I started by digging through my box of new and vintage paper scraps. I hand punched 1" circles and used a black ink pad to define the edges. I wasn't sure what color scheme I wanted to go with so I picked out a big mix of papers and had lots of circles left over. You could also preplan your color scheme and coordinate your papers from the beginning.
You can use all scrapbook paper, but I suggest adding in some found and vintage papers for extra variety. I pulled out some old ledger papers, dictionary pages, world maps, sheet music, and damaged BINGO cards.
I started with an off white paper mache box easily found in any craft store. I gathered all of the paper circles I had in the orange / yellow / green color range, and started arranging and rearranging in an ombre-esque pattern.
I ended up with this pattern. Adding in some solids really helped to achieve the look I was going for.
I tucked an Easter treat for my brother inside the box, tied it up with some vintage green lace, and used a price tag with a woodgrain letter sticker as my gift tag. It has a spring feel while still being masculine enough for a 30-something year old man.
Then I moved on to a pile of blue and purple paper circles. It was a little harder to get an ombre effect with these and I ended up using a lot more solids, but I was still happy enough with the results.
I used a colorful paper clip to attach a tiny tag with a welcoming message.
The card sat on a bedside table to welcome my mom who came to visit this week.
Next up might be applying this technique to a larger scale, perhaps on a much larger box. I'd also like to try it with a neutral palette - starting with white, going into grays, and ending with blacks. Be sure to share if you try it yourself!