This week we are having a holiday gift extravaganza over at Kerri Bradford Studio! We've all been busy creating projects with "gift-giving" in mind, and getting a jump start on the Christmas holiday. Today's my turn to share. My first thought when thinking of "gift-giving" was packaging.
When it comes to gift giving during the holidays, I have always been one to keep my wrappings and packaging pretty simple. If you look under our Christmas tree in any given year, you'll see all of the presents wrapped, but not a single bow or ribbon on any of them. Kind of boring, I know.
Turns out, I tend to use the same approach when it comes to creating my own paper crafted items for gift giving. Simple and quick. But hopefully, not boring. I whipped up a few quick projects with gift card giving in mind. I'm always giving gift cards to family members, and it's fun to have something cute to tuck them into.
For my first project, I created a square envelope perfect for tucking a card into, along with a gift card or gift certificate. I used a tear-away square envelope from Kerri's Signed Sealed Delivered kit, but before cutting, I added a Star Background to the envelope so that the front of the card would be covered in little cut out stars.
Before assembling my envelope, I backed the front part of the envelope with a piece of black cardstock. While I think getting a small peek at what's inside thru those tiny stars would be fun, I wanted to add a bit of darker color to the envelope.
The tear-away tab on the back of the envelope is so fun, but I also thought it would be fun to secure the envelope shut with a few pieces of washi tape. The back of the envelope should be as fun as the front, right?
I also cut a basic pillow box design from the Silhouette Store, and added just a few small stars from that same star background before cutting. I made sure to size the box so that a gift card would fit inside.
I added the same "Happy Holidays" sentiment to the front that I used on the square envelope.
I have tons of little silver tins that I've managed to collect over the years, and they come in really handy for giving small gifts. Rather then stick it in a small gift bag (which is what I might normally do), I thought I would embellish the tin instead. I created a long star garland to wrap around the tin. I started by cutting a full 12x12 sheet of stars, from the Christmas Countdown kit, from black dotted patterned paper.
I machine stitched them all together into a long strand, and then wrapped it around the metal tin a few times.
I finished it off by printing the "Merry Christmas" art from the Ho Ho Ho kit onto white textured cardstock, and adhered it to the top of the tin, tucking two corners under the star garland.
I hope you'll visit Kerri's blog this week to see what the other designers have been up too.