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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!