I was in Walmart yesterday and I overheard someone saying that they couldn’t find any wrapping paper. Then later in the day I was reading something about commercial wrapping paper not being recyclable due to the amount of dye used. So as I sat down to create today’s project I decided to create my own wrapping paper.
Some time ago I bought a box of 100 sheets of 24″ x 30″ white newsprint wrapping paper from U-Haul. It’s meant to be used when packing up belongings for moving, but it makes great gift wrap.
Today I decided to use all 11 images from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set. My colour scheme is not particularly imaginative, but consists of a selection of blues plus a light grey.
I began by stamping the largest snowflake a few times in Misty Moonlight ink. Then I swapped to a slightly smaller snowflake and stamped it multiple times in Pacific Point ink. A medium-sized snowflake followed, stamped in Coastal Cabana ink, with the fourth snowflake in Seaside Spray.
Finally I filled in the remaining space with other other smaller snowflake images using Pool Party and Smoky Slate inks.
In double-quick time my gift wrap was done and ready to be used.
It was only afterwards that I started to think of other last minute gift wrap ideas. In Dollarama you can buy small paper lunch sacks in white or manila. These could be stamped and are perfect for smaller gifts.
Bigger gifts? Well you could buy paper carrier bags which run to $1 or more each. Or maybe next time you’re shopping in Walmart and they ask you if you’d like paper grocery bags, get extra. At just 15c each these large, strong, plain manila bags could easily be turned into gift bags. In fact I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.
For another gift wrap design see my blog post It’s a wrap (Stampin’ Up! style of course).
Well that’s all for today and right on cue the snow has started to fall outside. Maybe it’s time to break out my Christmas CDs…
UPDATED 2021: Sadly the Seaside Spray ink pad has retired and is no longer available from Stampin’ Up!. You could replace this with Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad instead.