Brown paper gift wrap is popping up all over Pinterest. I’m usually not one to jump on the trendy bandwagon but for this one I had to make an exception. I love stamping and have always admired the look of white and black ink on Kraft paper. This year I decided to create my own gift wrap using stamps from my collection and brown paper from the dollar store. And yes I’ve had “My Favorite Things” stuck in my head for two days now
I created wrapping paper for each family member by using stamps that complement their personal interests. My goal was to create gift wrap as meaningful as the gifts inside. Brown Paper gift wrap is simple yet elegant at the same time. One of the things I like most about it is that is doesn’t compete with brightly colored holiday ribbon.
I have a slight ribbon obsession, and I must say I was pleased as punch (the kind with the sherbert in it) that my gift wrap allows the ribbon to really shine!
How to make Brown Paper Gift Wrap
In addition to my ribbon addiction I also have a stamp addiction. Despite my extensive collection I can’t resist a new stamp! Wednesday was my birthday (12-12-12 whoo hoo!) so I treated myself to a few new stamps to make gift wrap with.
Making your own gift wrap is a great way to get some miles out of your stamp collection and will give you an excuse to grab some new ones Once you have all the stamps you need (or want….it’s all relative people) you can find brown paper and pretty ribbon at Dollar Tree.
Let me tell you for 1 dollar this roll of brown paper has gone the distance! I wrapped a cooler (yes a HUGE cooler!) with it for my son’s bday party and all the gifts you see here and it’s still going strong!
First, cut your brown paper to the size of the gift you will be wrapping. *Don’t be jealous of my Gingerbread man scissors either…I only bring them out during the holidays as a special treat to myself.
Next, select your stamps. Not only did I treat myself to a few new stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts and Stampendous, I also used a bunch of forgotten stamps from my collection.
Lay out your stamps before you begin to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. For some of the gift wrap I created I went with a specific pattern and others I flipped and turned my stamps willy nilly for a more eclectic look. Dig deep into your collection…you never know what you might find!
Here you can see an example of a specific pattern achieved by turning my stamp. This particular image is a golden oldie Hampton Arts stamp from my stash. All of the black ink stamping was done with a Ranger Archival Ink pad. This ink pad rarely leaves my work table and is great for large-scale stamping and beyond!
Add a bit of interest to your gift wrap by accenting the bold black stamping with white accent. Select a stamp and add white images in a random fashion. Everyone has a favorite white ink. Mine is Colorbox Frost White Pigment ink. Until Ranger comes out with a Picket Fence Distress ink *Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge*
If you like white stamping check out this tutorial by Claudine Helmuth for stamping with Gesso.
For large packages or to add a touch of color you can use Distress Ink pads as Stamps!
This package was huge and even my largest block stamps would have taken forever to cover it. By using Distress Ink pads (Mowed Lawn and Fired Brick) to add color and pattern I had it done in no time!
Creating Gift Tags
I wanted to complement the brown paper gift wrap with coordinating tags. I cut my tags from Black Coredinations card stock with the Scalloped Tags Sizzix die.
I continued the white stamping by using stamps that matched the gift wrap. The Tags were given a white edge with a Picket Fence Distress Marker and names were added with a White Gelly roll pen.
The tags were attached with Raffia to Holiday ribbon found at Dollar Tree.
After all of these gifts I still have a ton of brown paper left! I can’t wait to try out some other ideas I have for creating gift wrap with brown paper. I think a little Distress Stain may be in order For more creative gift wrap ideas check out my “Gift Wrap” Pinboard. Have some creative gift wrap of your own? Ranger has a little contest going on where you can win lots of Ranger goodies…check it out here! Also, Simon Says Stamp has even more Ranger inspired Gift-spiration to get your holiday mojo going…no egg-nog required
*This post was written before the tragedy occurred in my neighboring town of Newtown, Connecticut. Please keep the families of the victims continually in your prayers. Thanks to all for the outpouring of love and support for the state of Connecticut and the Newtown Community.