Handmade Wrapping Paper

IMG_6180Earlier this year, the lovely folk at Sellotape sent me a bag of goodies to use for my crafting. As you all know, I’m a big stationery fan, so it was a bit like receiving an early Christmas present! In the goodie bag was a range of different tapes and dispensers, which I’ve been thinking hard about how to use.

I love giving presents, and I love wrapping them as well. However, with the age range in our family ranging from 1 to 93, it’s hard to have a supply of wrapping paper that’s suitable for everyone. This weekend, I’ve been experimenting with making my own wrapping paper using mostly supplies I already had. The only thing I needed to purchase was a roll of basic brown paper.

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‘Hooray’ stamped paper

I’ve already got a small stash of lino-cutting supplies, including some easy-carve rubber, perfect for making my own stamp! I hand lettered my phrase on paper and then traced it onto the rubber. If you’re new to lino cutting, I’d really recommend the easy-carve rubber, as it’s so easy to work with (it’s a similar texture to grating cheese!). Using my lino-tools, I carefully carved out my design, paying careful attention to the small fiddly bits.

Once I’d carved my design, I gave it a mini-test run with a small inkpad to check that I hadn’t missed any bits. If you’re making a stamp, it’s always good to mount it to something to make the stamp easier to use (and stop messy fingers!). Using some of my Sellotape double-sided tape, I mounted my stamp to two layers of cardboard.

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To make my gift wrap, I cut a piece of brown paper and then stamped my design in two different colours. When stamping, I’d recommend laying the stamp flat on a surface and pressing the inkpad onto it (rather than pressing the stamp into the ink). I’ve found this method gives a much more even coating of ink and a better result.

Between colours, clean your stamp with a damp cloth or a household cleansing wipe. It’s best to stamp your lightest colour first, to avoid any leftover ink on the stamp showing through.

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Confetti stamped paper

If you’re not quite ready to have a go at making your own stamp, I’d recommend this confetti paper! All you need is a pencil and an ink pad (I really like the multi-coloured ones from Hobbycraft). Use the end of the pencil (one with a rubber works best) to stamp small circles all over your paper for a simple confetti pattern. Between colours, wipe your pencil eraser clean with a damp cloth or tissue.

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These papers are so simple to create and give a personal touch to your present; I like to finish them with some brightly coloured ribbon. It also means that you only need to keep a roll of plain paper at hand for your gift-wrapping instead of having a full range of colours!

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Disclosure:

The Sellotape products in this post were sent to me free of charge by Sellotape. As always, content in blog posts is my own and reflects my own opinions.

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