December 10, 2010
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Happy Friday everybody! I hope you’re ready for a great weekend :)!
Today I wanted to share some free printable mini gift boxes created by the lovely Kelleigh Ratzlaff using my Christmas Heart digital scrapbooking kit. Won’t they be just perfect for stocking stuffers filled with candy or small gifts? Kelleigh originally designed these cool little craft projects back in 2008 to be sold in the Christmas Heart Bundle. They are now free for you! If you love these projects, I’m sure you will want to check out all of the other fabulous goodies in her store at the The Digi Chick. Enjoy!!
*Click Here to Download these Free Printable Gift Boxes!*
December 3, 2010
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One way to add a personal touch to gifts is by designing your own gift wrap. Handmade gift wrap doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect, in fact, imperfections add to the charm and homemade feel! Today I’m going to show you how I made some wrapping paper using stamps. For this project, I used a roll of white wrapping paper purchased at a craft store. If you decide to use colored paper, remember that paint and ink colors look different on colored paper than on white.
Supplies for Stamped Gift Wrap:
Plain wrapping paper
Paint, ink, glitter glue or anything else to decorate with
Stamps, stamping block (for clear stamps)
Foam brush and something to put paint in if using paint
masking tape and scissors
How to Make Stamped Gift Wrap
- Cut a large piece of plain gift wrap and spread out over a flat workspace, tape in place using a bit of masking tape in the corners.
- Decide on a pattern for your gift wrap. I used clear stamps (by Prima) to design mine so I was able to line things up to make a continuous pattern. I left space on one side of my pattern so that I could stamp additional designs into the pattern with another color (see image 1 below).
- Use a foam brush to paint the stamps with green acrylic paint, then stamp the design in rows, adding fresh paint each time (see image 2). Stagger the beginnings of the rows, for a more pleasing pattern.
- After finishing all the green stamping, wash the foam brush and stamps, then begin with the red parts of the pattern. Since I used a small stamp for the red, I just used an ink pad instead of paint. I used a smaller stamp block too, for more control (see image 3).
- After finishing the red stamping, wash the stamp and stamp block, then add some final touches to your design with glitter glue. I put stripes of gold glitter glue in between each row of my stamped pattern (image 4).
- Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before you use your new hand stamped gift wrap!
Have you ever made homemade gift wrap? I’d love to hear about it – please share your ideas in the comments section :)!
Here’s another idea: if you have access to a wide-format printer, try printing digital scrapbook paper onto large sheets of sketch paper, as seen at the bottom of this post I wrote in 2007: Homemade Christmas. The same idea could be used for smaller gifts by printing on regular sized printer paper too!
December 7, 2008
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OK, show of hands: who out there has a “difficult to shop for” friend or family member? As much as we love to give handmade or personalized gifts, there are times when the best gift is really a gift card (especially if you also sometimes forget to pick up a gift until the last minute like I do – LOL)! That’s why I looooved the idea of these crafty little gift card holders! They dress up the gift card and add a touch of handmade to a usually boring looking gift. PLUS, you can add a little handle to hang them on the Christmas tree with – TOO CUTE!! I made this one using the Krafty Christmas Gift Couture Printables by Melinda Staley, she has lots of great printables in her store, including some cards and gift tags. This project is in The Daily Scrapper Christmas Edition as well -
click HERE to see the tutorial and full credit information!