Good morning, Crafted In Joy readers! As soon as I held our November release in my hands, the ideas started gathering in my head. To say I was I excited about the two alphabet stamp sets would be an understatement. There are endless possibilities for alphas and numbers. Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial using them to dress up packaging.
The first step is shopping for the perfect gift. I picked up a sweater and gift card for my husband to enjoy. After wrapping the gift in kraft paper I gathered coordinating patterned papers.
I cut the paper into a few strips. I’ve never been to precise about measurements and enjoy the whimsical look it creates. Each is about 1.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall. I chose to turn the pieces into fishtail banners; but you could leave them straight or cut at a diagonal.
TECHNIQUE TIME | To create a fishtail banner, start by cutting down the center of your paper strip. This will be the inside point; therefore, cut to the desired height. The higher the cut, the thinner the tails will be. Next cut from the left bottom corner to the center cut. Repeat by cutting from the right bottom corner to the center cut. Perfect fishtails every time!
Next I stamped each letter of his name onto a different paper strip. If you’re using a variety of colors or patterns, arrange the pieces before you start stamping. Don’t forget to point out letters that appear in the name more than once. Stamp those letters at the same time to save time
A small piece of adhesive was added to the back of each banner. I then laid twine underneath the adhesive and folded the edge over. A bone folder is a great tool for creating crisp folds in thicker papers.
Now onto the fun part! I repeated the last step to complete his name on the banners. Make sure you double check your spelling. I first laid out the name backwards – oops! I get it wrong so you don’t have to.
I quickly wrapped the twine around the box several times while centering the banners. A simple bow finished the job. The result is easy, affordable, and fun wrapping!