Bows -N- Stamps!
Welcome to the Hero Arts Blog Hop! Hero Arts and May Arts Ribbon have paired up to bring you some exciting ideas for holiday crafting.
We all know how expensive quality wrapping paper and pre-formed bows are. The worst part is they usually go right into the trash. I have projects for you today that cost pennies to make thanks to Hero Arts Stamps and May Arts Ribbons and they’re so beautiful, that whoever is lucky enough to receive a gift from you won’t even care what’s inside because the wrappings are so spectacular. With a change of Hero Arts Stamps, May Arts ribbon and ink you can customize all your gift wraps in a style that will rival any fancy department store wrap.
Here are the supplies I used to create my gift wraps and tags:
- Hero Arts Poly Clear Stamps – CL469 Swirl Christmas
- Hero Arts Hero Hues – CH236 Prism Gems 4mm
- Freezer Paper
- Brown Wrapping Paper
- White Craft Ink
- Navy Dye-based Ink
- Ruler, tape, hang tags, scrap cardstock (optional)
Here are the basic steps:
Cut freezer paper or brown wrapping paper to fit your gift plus 3 inches if you’re doing a plain wrap (navy package) or add 6 inches if you’re making the tuxedo pleats.
Using the reindeer and small star stamps, stamp the entire piece of your chosen paper.
Wrap, tie on some beautiful May Arts ribbon, craft your tag and you’re finished!
Here is the basic technique for creating the tuxedo pleats. You can add more creases for more pleats, if desired; just make sure to cut your paper longer to accommodate the extra pleats.
After stamping your design, flip the wrapping paper so the stamped side is face down and the long length of the paper is facing away from you. Fold up ½”, crease firmly.
Fold up 1-1/2” and crease firmly.
Fold up another 1-1/2” and crease firmly once again.
Turn the paper so the stamped side is facing up. Unfold all the folds except for the first ½”.
Pull the first crease toward the ½” crease until you have a ½” pleat. Crease firmly. Pull the next creases forward and crease again. Continue until you have the desired amount of pleats. Turn the paper to the wrong side once again. Tape the pleats into place.
Bring the straight edge up and over to the middle of the top of the box. Bring the pleated side over the top of the straight edge and secure with double stick tape. Secure the ends as usual. Attach ribbons and tag.
Blog Posted By: Charlene Driggs