Here are 8 different techniques to use when you wrap up your own packages.
Our first trick is to use our new Gluber Strips to make ruffles from tissue paper. I used an old sewing pattern, with I think is lovely with the kraft paper. I wrapped over the center of the ruffle with heavy twine. In fact it was too thick to thread through my buttons, so our second technique is to split the ends of the twin, thread one half through each of the button holes and then knot. It made fun little bobble ends. (I used our Cheer Wooden Buttons.)
Technique number three is stamping. I used dark brown ink paired with our Jolly Days stamps for with all my packages, but white, dark red, gold and dark green ink are all beautiful on kraft. As is obvious in the above photo, I worry little about making a perfect impression. I like stamping to look hand-done.
I think you could make lovely packages with just stamping alone, but I usually combine it with other techniques like number four, threading your buttons on the string you're tying your package with (with bigger packages, you can use buttons to make a garland or bunting effect).
To add a little holiday bling, try technique five, coating Glubers with glitter. I used white Vintage Sparkle Glitter from Sulyn and according to Kate, it really looks like snow. The Gluber strips make lovely ribbons to hang button ornaments, while the circles are fun for polka dots or snowman building. We thought placing the twine so that it could double as the snowman's scarf was clever!
Ribbon slides are one of my favorite ways to wrap things up and make our list at technique six. You can thread them with fabric, ribbon or even tissue paper. Tomorrow I'll show you step by step photos of how to knot them to wrap all four sides without using any adhesive, stitching or even any knots! (These are our Cheer Ribbon Slides and the fabric comes from our Dear Mr. Claus collection via Moda Fabrics.)
I just love how this one turned out. Tip seven is to coil your twine onto a Gluber. I went from the outside in, but I think one could go either way depending on your outie to innie preference. A simple Cheer Canvas brad in the center completes the look. (And yes, that is my FAVORITE stamp!)
We can't do a post using this many Glubers and not have some flowers made with them, can we. I think not! Ruffle some tissue paper, I'm using sewing pattern paper again, from the outside in to make a pretty gift topper for technique number eight. Place your Cheer Canvas brad through the center and stick the whole thing to your gift. Super easy and so cute!
Technique number nine, (I know I said eight, this is a Holiday surprise!) combines our twine gluber technique with our glittered gluber tecnhique. This one is my personal favorite! The floating polka dots look like the kraft was torn and rolled back to reveal sparkle goodness underneath. To get the effect, just place your Glubers as desired, press twine around the edge and then fill the inside with glitter. For the glittery garland, cut some glubers in half and follow the same steps.
I think I could add even one more tip to round it out to ten, especially if you have little elves helping you with your wrapping. Consider a couple valium, maybe a strong drink or two and some holiday music. That way when one child knocks over the glitter and another child sits on a gluber, you won't mind so much. It will all just be sweet holiday memories!
Now, we must announce the winner of our $100 Gelaskins giveaway. A super-duper congratulations goes to Lillian. For the rest of us non-winners, I guess we can take the consolation prize of free shipping until tomorrow. Lillian, send me your info to julie at cosmocricket dot com and I'll send you your prize.
Happy gift wrapping everyone!