Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wrapping It Up

Ah, my gift wrapping is almost done. Only four more gifts to send out. For me making my own gift tags is not only useful, it is a stress reliever. Somehow rubber stamping and adding flocking or glitter on tags is an enjoyable way to share my crafting on a small scale. This year I especially liked the Hero Arts and Studio G small clear holiday stamp sets. I think that the Hero Arts robot and reindeer Christmas sets were adorable and not too girly. (Lots of guys on our gift list.) By stamping the robot on black paper with silver ink and sprinkling with crystal embossing powder, the design really pops. The red words were stamped with red ink and embossed with opaque red powder so it shows up on the black tag. I also added glitter glue on the eyes to make it look like they are lighted. For the reindeer tag, I used a glue pen to fill in the body and then applied brown Stampendous flock. To make the nose glow, I applied glitter glue and after that was dry colored over it with red glaze pen ink (Sakura). The antlers and gift were also colored in with glaze pen ink. Making multiple cute tags is easy if you work factory style. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)

I am especially pleased with the wrapping on some of the gifts. (See photo.) The purple wrapping is a furoshiki cloth whose corners were knotted diagonally and then knotted several more time to form little balls. The ends of the cloth were then tucked under the knots and a branch cut from a large pink glittered ball decoration (from BFC) was wrapped around the knots. The cloth did not come from BFC but you can easily find a large scarf and use the same wrapping technique.

The third photo shows how easily you can turn plain wrapping into fancy with the addition of a glittery floral pick or sprigs of glittered foliage.

The fourth picture is of a flocked paper purse money holder gift card. The instructions will be on the craft club website, (

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