Tis the Season to think about your Christmas lists! I love to start making lists. Deciding what Christmas will look like around here. Today we are lucky to have Rebecca back sharing some holiday fun with us. If you weren't quite ready to think about the holidays this post will likely change your mind.
Happy Monday, folks! It's Rebecca Luminarias with you again, and we're switching gears this time, from fall home decor to something festive for the holiday season. I feel incredibly lucky to be guesting for The Stamp Market this month because I've gotten the chance to play with both autumn and Christmas stamps and dies. It's my favorite time of the year to create things, so it's been a dream to create my projects!
My mother, and her mother before her, always gave Christmas gifts wrapped simply, with paper and ribbon, and adorned with an ornament for the recipient to hang on their tree. I've long loved and upheld this tradition, so with that in mind, I created some cute holiday banner tags. Yup, I'm using the banner dies again, but I've gone a bit bigger this time around, using the largest size, which was cleverly made with some extra space at the top to fold around a stick. When Amy mentioned that to me, I knew immediately that I'd be making ornament package toppers as one of my projects!
They're so simple to make, too. I'm using copper-colored glittered paper as my background, and bamboo skewers for the stick. I cut out a second banner in the next size smaller from white card stock to matte on top of it.
After playing around with some small stamped patterns with the Banners For You set, I settled on the smaller evergreen bough and a berry trio. I made 2 ornaments and while they vary slightly with ink colors and image placement, I've used the same stamps on each one.
The first one features the berries and branches in the upper right corner, with red berries. I stamped the branches directly on the white banner, but stamped the berries on a separate piece of cardstock so I could cut them out and add them on for a little extra dimension. I added a little scribble to each berry in black ink and fussy cut around the trio, adhering it to the center of my bough pattern.
There's also a sparkly white resin flower on top of the mix, but before I added that, I stamped my sentiment. Tis the Season was the obvious choice for this Christmas tree ornament, but I had to change the word placements a bit in order to fit it all onto the banner. It was really easy and I did it by taping off the words I wasn't using when I inked up my stamp, then removing the tape to stamp the image.
I love the result! I have to confess that I'm not an amazing stamper--I don't color and paint and create entire scenes like the pros do. I get very anxious about stamping directly onto my permanent base so this was a lot of direct stamping--the branch pattern and the masking, etc. I'm definitely not looking for kudos here, only wishing to tell you that if you're like me and a bit of a wimp when it comes to stamping, you can definitely do this, too!
For the second ornament, I placed branches at the bottom and stamped pink berries with red centers. I always love a little pink at Christmastime--especially with copper elements. I had enough room so I kept Tis the Season as is and stamped it in red at the top. I used DMC 819 embroidery floss as my string for this banner, and used some vintage red tinsel twine that belonged to my grandmother on the other one.
In my desire to keep the ornaments the focal points of the packages I was wrapping, I simplified my normal wrapping process. When I'm wrapping a gift, I tend to use a handful of tags, 2-3 different trims, a few embellishments, and doilies, among other things. It's for no other reason than the present is my canvas and that is my style. But for these, with my newly-made banner ornaments, I went a different route.
Classic red and black plaid wrapping paper with a big white bow...it's easy to do and is also high impact! (If I remember correctly, that white trim came tied around some bedding we bought a few months ago, so it just goes to show that you really should save EVERYTHING!) The gold berry floral pick has been sitting on my desk in my scissor cup since last Christmas waiting to be used so I grabbed it for this gift (and its red counterpart for the other one).
After tucking it behind the big bow, I strung my ornament around the bow loops, and a carefully placed glue dot keeps it in place, but also removes easily when it's time to unwrap and transfer to the tree. The last item was a set of little tags, cut from the Gift Bags & Tag die. Done! It's high impact, but only took a couple minutes to wrap which is what we're all striving for during a chaotic holiday season, isn't it?
I wrapped the second gift in copper paper; both papers were purchased in past Christmas seasons from Target. I really didn't want straight copper glitter on copper foil paper, so I ran a length of lace down the middle of the package, securing it on the underside of the box. A knotted green velvet ribbon (again from Grandma Peg's stash) makes for a sophisticated feel, paired with the red berry stem and the handmade ornament. The last piece was another small hang tag.
The ornaments add a handmade and heartfelt touch to these packages.
After the gifts have been opened and shared, my friends and family can hang the ornaments on their tree and they'll make for a meaningful remembrance of Christmas 2017.
Thank you so much for joining me on my happy crafting adventures this month as a guest of The Stamp Market. It has been so much fun and I hope you've been inspired! Have a happy fall and a happy holiday season! --Rebecca xo