Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Wrapping Paper and Card with Paper Artsy Stamps

Hi Dreamers!
Well, since I pretty much have all my Christmas cards done.....(still not mailed.....Eek!) I have turned my attention to some gift oriented projects.  I don't always use a gift bag and sometimes like to wrap a package.   And, that means I need some really cool vintagey paper.  "But, you can't buy any really cool vintagey wrapping paper", you say.  When does that ever stop me!  So, I made some vintagey wrapping paper using a large sheet of brown packing paper and Paper Artsy Stamps.  You know, the kind of paper that comes stuffed into the boxes of my mail orders.  Don't throw that paper away!  It has lots of uses besides being a comfy cushion for orders.

Card and Wrapped Package

This is what I started with:
The Brown Packing paper

Materials List:
Babushka Balloon Paper Artsy available from Blockheads Paper Arts
Rich Cocoa, Northern Pine, and Espresso Truffle - Memento
Vintage Photo Distress - Ranger
Brown Packing Paper
Green Cardstock

  • Ink the Balloon stamp with all three of the Memento inks in this order: Rich Cocoa, Northern Pine, Espresso Truffle---then stamp on the paper.
  • Repeat several times to cover the paper.  
  • Ink the Tree part of the Madonna stamp with Northern Pine.    
  • Place a piece of scrap paper down to mask the area and stamp the trees in a row-top and bottom

  • You can continue stamping your paper to cover as much of it as needed to wrap the package.  
  • Distress the paper with Vintage Photo ink

Now wrap the package

Close up of package

 And, while you are stamping, you might as well stamp a smaller piece for a matching card.  This card measures 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches.

  • Layer the stamped piece with Cardstock and add to a Kraft CS base

  • Wrap some green sheer ribbon around card and tie in a knot
  • Tie gold ribbon around green sheer ribbon
  • Add some red bling

See how muted the inks look on the brown paper??  You Like??  I like this look for vintagey projects.  Now you can wrap your packages with this very affordable wrapping paper.

Challenges For my wrapping paper and card:
Card Crafters Circle: Christmas Celebrations
Crafty Mess: Vintage Christmas
Fat Pages with attitude: anything goes
Jingle Bells rock: Christmas
Just add ink: balloons
Mark's Finest: red and green
Sugar Creek Hollow: stencils or masks

Let's see, what do I have planned for tomorrow?  Oh, how about a Christmas Postcard with Character Construction!!  It's pretty cute.  See you then!  Love ya.


  1. Very cool card great idea for that image.

    Thanks for joining us at craftymess

    Tracey dt

  2. Fabby design x thanks for joining in at crafty mess x

  3. Very clever, very vintage and very eco-friendly - all in all a wonderful project. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  4. Totally stunning gift wrap and card - that's an amazing image, and you've done such a great job letting it shine... Love the monochromatic browns, and the torn layers on the card - brilliant, Karen!
    Alison x

  5. Karen, I have some of that paper that has just come in and I will definitely save it and give this a try. Love your images and the layered card...gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Sugar Creek Hollow this week.

    Patti SCH/DT

  6. Great tutorial. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  7. This is amazing thanks for joining us at crafty mess xxx

  8. This is a great idea... love the up-cycling you have done and the co-ordination between the gift and card. Chantel JAI

  9. I love the artsy feel to your card and package! They turned out great!1 Thank you for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!!


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