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Handmade Gift wrap ideas – super easy and pretty!

Here are some photos of my latest batch of Christmas Presents.   I had a blast decorating these.  All six items were completed in one evening.

Train theme  This was for my dad.  I used a plain brown gift bag that I bought in a 10 pack at Michaels.  I stamped the train, tracks (on the tag) and train ticket on with a Stampers Anonymous stamp set.  I used Archival Ink to stamp them on to prevent smudging.  I applied Black Soot Distressed Ink to the whole front of the bag with a sponge to give it an aged look.  I used tissue hat looks like old newsprint in the bag and tied with a some ribbons I had around the house.

Music Gift Bag Again, this started with a plain brown bag.  I used a large music stamp to cover the whole front of the bag (I used Archival Ink).  I also used the music stamp to stamp the flowers, tag, and the ribbon to tie it all together.    I added color to the bag with Distress Ink – the colors I used were Vintage Photo all over the bag and Black Soot on the edges.  I added wood buttons in the middle of the flowers.

Snowman Paper  For this package I started with plain 3M postal paper.  I always cut my paper to size before I decorate.  I used a Stampers Anonymous snow man stamp placed randomly on the paper; again I used black Archival Ink.  I used two Copic markers to add a small amount of color – coloring in just the holly and berries on each snowman hat.  I tied it up with twine, ribbon and a bell.  I added a metal snow flake whimsy to the tag.  The tag is shaded with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Snowflakes  This was a small package so I took the time to emboss the snow flakes on.  I used two different snow flake stamps and a mix of white and silver embossing powders.  I sprayed the whole sheet with a bottle that was a mix of Perfect Pearls Mist and Black Soot Distress Ink.  Tied with ribbon and a bell.  The tag is stained with Black Soot Distress Ink – I sponged it on (after I had embossed) and then sprayed with water – which removes the ink from the embossed images – really cool effect.

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Again, I started with plain 3M paper.  I stamped a large music stamp all over the pre-cut paper.    I stained the paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (sponged on).  I added a small strip of burlap to the middle.  The flowers are cut from sheets of music that I ran through a Sizzix Die.  I stained the flowers with Distress Ink and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist.  I made the tag to match with the music stamp, stain and Perfect Pearls.

wrapping 005  On this package I left the paper plain.  I cut a piece of burlap to fit the gift and stamped it with Pigment Ink (the only ink I can get to look nice on burlap).  I added the rhinestones to each stamped flower- blued on with Beacon’s 3 in 1.  I made the tag to match.  I stained it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and used a Noel stamp with Archival Ink.

I did all six of these packages in a few hours and really stuck to a handful of supplies; 3M Paper, Archival Ink, Distress Stain, stamps, burlap and ribbon – I think these lovely wrappings will go over well on Christmas Day!

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