Merry Christmas Eve….

We’ve reached the end of the #12daysofholidaygiftwrap and none too soon!  In fact, we’re packing the last two days into one post today.  I hope one of these ideas can help with your last minute packing, wrapping and gifting!

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We’ll start with a couple of food-safe gift bags.  I got these from the Love is in the Details store some time ago, and they have come in SO handy a number of times so I hope they’ll be coming back if they’re currently sold out.

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One bag, I filled with a coconut clusters mix and the second bag is filled with mini gingerbread snaps.  I stamped on the bags themselves with a couple of different stamps; a snowflake background stamp for the top half and a tree stamp for the bottom.  Because I knew I could anticipate trouble with a perfectly stamped impression because of the folds of the bag creating ridges and valleys, I used my MISTI stamping tool, with a bar magnet AND I also taped down the corners of the bag.  It was a good thing too, because this was a repeated stamping situation.

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One more trick you need to be aware of is about the heat embossing.  Because these bags are meant for food and they have that transparency covered window, they are lined with a coating of plastic.  What does transparency plastic do when you point a heat tool at it?  That’s right, it melts!  So before you start to melt the embossing powder, let it run for at least 30 seconds to get good and hot, so that the job is accomplished with just a few short blasts.  Keep the tool moving and move somewhat quickly.

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If you’re wondering why these tags look familiar, it’s because they’re leftovers of the tags I designed for the store last year.  They’ve been white foiled with the Minc machine.

For day 12 of this gift-wrap-apalooza, we have these small, sheet-music wrapped boxes.  Our neighbors have 3 very musical boys whose practicing we can hear inside our house.  Occasionally they’ll even come over and perform their recital songs for us, just for the practice on a different piano.  So wrapping these items in sheet music was a no-brainer.

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I also die cut some snowflakes from black glitter paper, dug out some of the remaining pieces of wood veneer alphabet letters (and by some stroke of luck, I found all of the letters I needed!?), adhered it all down and tied it all up with red cord.  Pictured below are the supplies I used for these packages.

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Thank you for stopping by again today!  Have a very happy holiday season with all the best of your favorite people and traditions!!

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Day 9 of the #12daysofholidaygiftwrap…

Hi, hello, me again!!  Day 9 of this holiday-focused gift packaging series of posts!

Today, we bring you two paper bag envelope/gift bags (depends on the contents, I guess?) that might look a little feminine and other-occasion-specific, but the concepts and techniques still apply beautifully for a Christmas gift bag.

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This first gift bag was run through a Big Shot machine with an embossing folder and then I layered up with the die-cut ephemera pieces to create a lovely and versatile gift package.  The top of the bag has been die-cut with an edge die that folds over at the top and layers with a piece of patterned paper, that coordinates with the rest of the embellishments.

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Supplies are pictured below.

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The next example is a Birthday gift bag (or card envelope) that is trimmed with 3 different patterns of washi tape and then embellished with pretty ephemera die-cuts.

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Supplies used are pictured below.

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You can see how little it takes to dress up a plain paper bag, whether it is kraft or white or even patterned, and how quickly you can have a lovely packaged gift for a friend or loved one!

There’s still more!  Check back tomorrow for additional ideas for last minute wrapping!

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