Add a little handmade flair to your holiday gifts by embellishing them with your Studio Calico kits and stamps. Here are six ideas for making sure you have the prettiest packages under the tree!
Marcy Penner : I love add layers to my packaging. That means glassine envelopes, doilies and tags. Those, more often than not, form my base. I like to pick a colour scheme before I start and then run with it. For this holiday package I wanted light and airy "colours" (white, gold, cream) and then added a pop of red. I added some texture with the wood embellishments, string and by embossing the "deck the halls" stamp. The envelopes also provide a perfect place for a little note or card.
Supplies: tag - Studio Calico; doily - Studio Calico; stamp - Peppermint; embossing powder - American Crafts; ink - Versamark; frame - Crate Paper; wood veneer - stars and card (Studio Calico); baker's twine; glassine envelope - Studio Calico
Dana Fleckenstein : One of my favorite ways to dress up a gift is to embellish some tags with leftover scraps and then tie them on top of the gift. For this holiday wrap, I die-cut two tags, one from patterned paper, which was embellished later, and a second one from cardstock, where you can add the name of the recipient or a personal note. The circle stamp from the Cinnamon Spice add-on makes for a cute focal point on tags, and since it fits a standard circle punch, it's an easy and fast way to adorn your gifts.
Supplies: kit - Studio Calico Cuppa Card Kit (ribbon, patterned paper), Studio Calico Cuppa Card Kit Add-on Cinnamon Spice (button, stamps); cardstock - American Crafts (white); ink: Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist; glitter tape: American Crafts Brown Sugar (wide); thread: Hemptique (white); dies: Papertrey Ink; punch: EK Success 1 1/2" circle punch; adhesive: This to That Foam Tab Circles
Catherine Davis : Make your gifts unique! I took a design from the November Cuppa digital Holiday Phrases and repeated it on Photoshop to create my own wrapping paper. I reversed the colors and printed out the single circle to punch out as the tag. (Foam circles on gift wrap to make things pop?Why not?) I also rolled the edges in glue and glitter for a little bling! Love the star pins from the Cinnamon Spice Add-On Kit as a finishing touch.
Give a custom gift box! A basic cardboard gift box makes a great base for embossing. I took the stamp from the Cinnamon Spice Add-On Kit and embossed using Zing Embossing Powder in White Opaque. So simple. A bit of ribbon and a star pin from the kit top it off.
Maggie Holmes : I have always saved these little fabric bags that Studio Calico sends things in and they are perfect for wrapping up little gifts! You can easily put your gift inside and tie it up with a little tag hanging from the top but I thought it would be fun to dress it up a little more than that! I used a tag and some of the cut outs and I layered them along the left edge and then sewed them all in place! If you sew right along the edge, it won't ruin the bag and you can still fit your gift inside!
Suzy Plantamura : Recycle old grocery bags by cutting them apart and wrapping with them. Use any of the cute holiday stamps to create a repetitive design all over the bag. Create a cute tag to match using some of the holiday stamps and cut files. Try embossing over the cut files by rubbing embossing ink over the cardstock and using a glittery embossing powder for extra sheen.
Supplies: Gingerbread kit - rub-on borders; Cinnamon Spice kit - stamps, ribbon; Peppermint Stamp add-on; Cuppa Card kit - ribbon; Digital: Cuppa holiday phrase cut files; Embossing powder - Red Zing Glitter; other - white cardstock, red ink, green ink, white gel pen
We'd love to see your take on embellished holiday gifts - share them in the gallery or on instagram with the hashtag #wrapped!