Gift Wrap Tips + Techniques with Craftsy!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns, templates, and supplies. I’ve been collaborating with Craftsy over the past few weeks to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and since we’re getting close to the holidays I thought we’d focus on the gift wrap tips and techniques that I learned from Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney! And for those of you looking to brush up your gift wrap skills before the holidays, Craftsy is offering a huge discount (50% off!) just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers through November 24!

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I’ve always considered gift presentation to be just as important as the gift itself – and I have several friends that always impress me with their gift wrapping and gift presentation skills. I hoard beautiful gift wrap sheets ribbons and gift tags throughout the year, but when it comes to actual gift wrap construction I’ve always fallen a bit short. My corners are wonky, paper bunches up in weird places, and I never know where to properly place paper seams – until now! I learned so much from Craftsy’s Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney, including some essential gift wrap techniques that really elevated my gift giving game. You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount!

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I love that you can watch portions of a Craftsy class over and over whenever you want – I must have watched the tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow a dozen times! And you can even watch on your phone or tablet with the Craftsy app while you’re in the middle of a project. I focused on the gift wrap lesson here, but the Paper Arts class is organized into twelve (!!) lessons covering everything from gift wrap to the art of letter writing to home decor ideas, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on.

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I love mixing a neutral paper with beautiful ribbon for a pop of color or metallic sparkle. I used a technique that I learned in Alton’s class – layering two ribbons – to pair hand-dyed grosgrain ribbons with frayed denim and raw linen ribbons over a warm gray wrapping paper. I also mixed a soft gray twine with metallic silver and gold ribbon on a smaller gift box. I love the combination of the subtle gradient color in the hand-dyed grosgrain ribbon with the texture of the linen and denim ribbons.

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I sadly don’t have any photos of the hand dying process (it happened too fast to take photos!), but it’s really simple if you want to recreate it at home. Just wind your ribbon into a coil around two fingers, then dip one edge of your ribbon coil into a small container filled with just a tiny amount of liquid fabric dye in your chosen colors. I used fuchsia and teal dye diluted with just a little bit of water. Once your ribbon has absorbed the fabric dye (usually just a few seconds), run it under cold water and allow to dry. And that’s it!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Craftsy has generously offered 50% off the Paper Arts class, so this is a great opportunity to learn a ton of new paper skills for just $14.99. This discount is only available through midnight MST on November 24 – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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NSS 2014 Sneak Peek: Lydia & Pugs

Our next NSS Sneak Peek comes from another debut exhibitor – Dawn from Lydia & Pugs (Booth 2825)! Dawn’s collection includes watercolor illustrated greeting cards, art prints, and calendars all featuring (you guessed it!) lots of adorable dogs. Dawn is also debuting a brand new collection of gift wrap and notepads at the show. So exciting!

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Thanks Dawn!

Photo Credits: Lydia & Pugs

Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Gift Wrap + Tags

So you’ve bought a few holiday cards, started shopping for holiday gifts, and now it’s time to think about gift wrap! From gift tags to boxes to wrapping sheets, I’ve got you covered in the full gift wrap round up – here are some of my current favorites!

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1. Rifle Paper Co.; 2. Egg Press; 3. Belle & Union; 4. Studio Carta; 5. Smock; 6. Paper Lovely

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7. Rifle Paper Co.; 8. 9th Letter Press; 9. Bespoke Letterpress; 10. Smock; 11. Minted; 12. Smock

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13. Parrott Design Studio; 14. Meesch; 15. The Yellow Note; 16. Snow & Graham; 17. Sugar Paper; 18. Hammerpress

More gift wrap and tags right here!

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DIY Tutorial: Gift Wrapped Wine Box Favors

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve definitely got gift wrapping on the brain! This tutorial is great because not only would this make a great hostess gift but it would also be a fabulous favor idea for a party or wedding. The steps are super simple, so it’s easy to make one box – or one hundred! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Step One: Start by creating the little hang tag for the outside of the box. To do this, cut your card stock (we used our Old West Patterned Paper) into rectangles measuring 2.5″ x 5″ with a craft knife and ruler on a self healing mat.

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Step Two: Next, you’ll score the card so that it will fold nicely. On a scoreboard, run your tool at the 2.5 inch mark to make the score. Don’t fold the card yet!

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Step Three: Now you’ll get to stamping! Stamp your monogram (we used our Seal Monogram) on the tag in the lower lefthand corner. You’ll also want to stamp your muslin bag with your monogram, or if the goodies are homemade, a kitchen seal stamp works perfectly! With the stamps that are mostly black, like ones shown, you’ll want to take extra care that they are inked really well (see picture below). If they aren’t, your image will be too light to be legible. We’d suggest starting the project with a brand new stamp pad. You can watch our step-by-step video tutorial about the stamp printing process here.

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Step Four: Once your ink is dry, it’s time to fold your little card! Use a bone folder to get a crisp, clean fold. Then, punch a hole in the top left corner for the string to go through.

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Step Five: Homemade treats make the holidays truly special. We decided to make a batch of these yummy spiced nuts (we used pecans) from a Martha Stewart recipe. Once the nuts are cooled, scoop them into clear food safe bags and insert them into your stamped muslin treat bag! Draw the string and tie the bag closed.

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Step Six: Now it all comes together! Gather all of your wrapping materials together and get started. For the large box “belly band” we used a sheet of wrapping paper cut into thirds. To pad the wine bottle in its box, we used kraft crinkle packed snuggly around the bottle. Lay your treat bag on top of the wine bottle and fill up around everything with more crinkle. Now slide the box closed!

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Step Seven: Once everything is secure in the closed box, wrap your decorative paper around the box and secure on the back with double sided tape. Tie around the middle with hemp twine, threading your stamped monogram tag before tying a bow. The gift is now ready and your friend and loved ones will be as thrilled with the gorgeous presentation as the yummy gifts themselves!

Materials

Old West Patterned Paper in Turquoise Card Stock

Seal Monogram Stamp

Kitchen Seal Stamp, No.2

Muslin Bags

Stamp Pad (we recommend a brand new one, this one can be heat set and made permanent on fabric)

Self Healing Mat, Craft knife and Metal Ruler

Score Board

Hole Punch

Wooden Wine Box

Food Safe Plastic Bags

Decorative Gift Wrap (you can have this pre-cut for you before having it shipped)

Hemp Twine

Kraft Crinkle

Phototgraphy: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Party Paper: A Holiday Gift Wrapping Party

I think one of the best ideas for a holiday get together has to be a gift wrapping party! Bring your gifts and some pretty little wrapping supplies to share, and you can get a holiday task checked off your list, while hopefully enjoying some sips and sweets with your friends, too! As the host, you could select a theme for the wrapping, like this modern and colorful one I chose here, or just leave it up to the guests to bring a festive mix! —Kelly

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No. 1 Polka Dot Food Picks from Gnome’s Whimsy, No. 2 Glitter Diamond Gift Tags from Anthropologie, No. 3 XOXO Holiday Gift Tags from Lana’s Shop, No. 4 Pom Pom Wrapping Paper from Anthropologie, No. 5 Gold Stripe Wrapping Paper from Fig. 2 Design, No. 6 Merry Wishes Banner from Festive Toys

p.s. Lots more gift wrap right here!

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