Last year, I bought a HUGE roll of brown kraft paper. It sits in our living room (mainly because it is too heavy to move anywhere else haha. I have used this paper to wrap every gift we give all year and it seems as though I haven't used any of it. I see using kraft paper as a challenge to be as creative as I can with my wrapping. I always like a candy colored Christmas house so that was kind of my inspiration this year. I bought some bright colored tinsel ribbon, stamped my own paper, and made ornaments for gift toppers. I even got out my letter stamps to stamp "to" and "from" on the tags. This has been my big project every night this week.
The gift sacks were inspired by this photo.
Our tree is really quite sad this year. I decorated just enough of it to do my photoshoot for Deluxe and that's how it has been all season because I have been too busy to think about it.
I tried a few different techniques for stamping the paper and I ended up using my foam stamps. I have a huge collection of these from the dollar bins at Michaels. For applying paint, I found that a really easy way is to make your own stamp pad out of a sponge.
Just dampen the sponge, spread on some paint and get to stamping. I'm not really sure how I came up with this, but I think I thought about it at 3 am when Dash woke me up one night. I must have been dreaming of sponges.