Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a pretty gift packaging tutorial to share with you featuring some amazing new Sizzix dies from Stephanie Barnard and the September and October Tim Holtz collections.
Plain brown paper is my very favorite go-to gift wrap. I love the natural, rustic feel of the kraft paper, and I find that it can easily be dressed up or down to coordinate with any theme or gift giving event. For this package, I created a simple and elegant fall wrap using a pair of Sizzix dies from the Tim Holtz Alterations new seasonal collection, and topped it all off with a super useful new tag set from Stephanie Barnard that I know will quickly become a staple in my house all year round.
First step is to simply wrap your package with plain kraft paper and go ahead and tie it up with your favorite ribbon. Next, we'll create a few pretty fall leaves and pine cones to dress up our bow using the new Layered Leaf and Jumbo Tattered Pine Cone dies. These fun die cuts are nice and big. Just perfect for a project like this. I've got lots of photos and step by steps to share with all the how-to's. So let's get started.
Dab fall colored Distress Ink and/or Stain randomly over a fairly large section of a craft sheet. I used Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade. Mist the ink/stain liberally with water.
Press an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white card stock into the ink mixture, moving and swiping the paper through the ink until it is fairly well covered. Allow the paper to dry completely.
Cut the dried paper into quarters, then die cut the papers using the Layered Leaf die and the following basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Cutting Pad, die (cutting side up), paper, second cutting pad. Steel edged Bigz dies, such as this Layered Leaf die, can cleanly cut through two layers of paper at once, allowing you to cut all four leaves for this project in only two passes through the Big Shot machine. I cut two of my leaves with the paper ink side up, and two of the leaves with the paper ink side down, so that I ended up with mirror image leaves for variety.
Place the leaves one at a time into the matching textured embossing folder, and run them back through your die cutting machine. For this step, use this Sizzix sandwich: Multipurpose Platform opened to Tab 1, first cutting pad, embossing folder with die cut inside, second cutting pad.
Apply a bit of additional Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to each leaf using an ink blending tool.
Now let's work on the Jumbo Tattered Pine Cones. Die cut three from kraft cardstock using the basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich used for die cutting the leaves. While the die cuts are still flat, apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges. Then roll the spiral die cuts into a pine cone shape following the directions on the packaging. Or check out Tim Holtz's fabulous video for a more detailed view.
Before we begin assembling the box, stamp the Tags Sizzix Framelits Stamp and a sentiment using dark brown ink on a small scrap of the leftover inked card stock. Then die cut a gift tag from the Framelits in the same Tags set. To cut Framelits, use the Magnetic Platform. On top of the Magnetic Platform place one standard cutting pad, then your stamped tag with sentiment with the stamped side up. Position your corresponding tag Framelits die over the stamped tag and sentiment with the cutting side down. The Magnetic Platform will hold it firmly in place. Put your second cutting pad on top and roll it through your Big Shot machine.
Ink the edges of the tag with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and an ink blending tool.
Tuck the stems of all four leaves up under the bow, and adhere them lightly with hot glue or liquid tacky glue. I used just a dot of glue in the center of the leaves so that the edges could bend and curl upward like real leaves. Tuck the base of the pine cones into the bow next, securing as needed with additional adhesive. Tie the tag onto the bow using hemp cording, then top with a button.
Other Supplies Used:
- Cardstock: The Kraft Outlet, Stampin'Up
- Ranger: Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Crackle Paint, Distress Glitter
- Button: Jillibean Soup
- Trim, Kraft Roll Paper: Craft Supply