Like most of you, I enjoy wrapping and giving gifts. I am always searching for that perfect gift wrap. I thought it’d be fun to create your own gift wrapper using some kraft paper or any type of brown paper packaging. There’s just something about brown paper packages that are so pretty.
Also, I have been drawn to tone-on-tone techniques in stamping and thought I could experiment with this technique to create my own gift wrapper.
You will need:
- any brown paper preferably kraft or any brown packaging paper
- stamp inks (I prefer Tsukineko VersaMagic in Sahara Sand, Jumbo Java and Gingerbread; VersaColor Bark)
- cotton string or twine
- wax seal
- parchment paper or tissue paper
- pages of old magazines or book
- glue and 3M magic tape
Begin by taking your brown paper and randomly stamp on it using your supply of stamps and inks. Since I’m using brown paper, I have found that these color of inks I have mentioned above work well to give you that tone-on-tone effect. One of my favorite brands of chalk and pigment inks are Tsukineko’s VersaMagic and VersaColor.
I’m so glad they are now available at National Bookstores here in the Philippines at very affordable prices. I used to purchase mine from Michael’s and Joann’s in the US. Finally, I can just get them readily available here in my side of the world. Yes! There is a craft God who heard my plea.
Ok, now back to our project. Set aside your stamped paper to completely dry.
Take your gift and wrap it with a tissue or parchment paper, just to protect your gift. Then wrap it with your stamped brown paper. You may use some washi tape to adhere the ends. I just used a 3M magic tape because I prefer a clean look.
Next, tear a page from an old magazine and use it as a belly band just to give some contrast to this color palette. Adhere the ends with a glue. Then take your cotton string and wrap around your gift several times. To secure and hold the string in place, add a wax seal on the section where the strings intersect.
You may also add some dried flowers or leaves to your packaging.
How easy is that? I think this is a great way to re-purpose some of your supplies like brown packaging bag and magazines.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful and you try this really easy tone-on-tone stamping technique on your next project.