Kristy Dalman is the talented owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps and co-founder of Created from Color. Read on as Kristy demonstrates how to add a special touch to your gift wrap this wedding season!
Whether you are putting on a wedding or attending one, you know that presentation is EVERYTHING. I’ve seen people try to outdo one another at the gift table for that reason – the bigger the better! But that’s not always true. Why not put a smidge more thought into your gift packaging and coordinate the colors? Brides can do it for gifts to their bridal party or guests can do it for the happy couple. Since Copic has 358 colors, the chances are really good that you’ll find that matching hue. I’m going to show you one way you can coordinate your gift box:
To complete this project you will need:
- Copic ABS
- Copic Various Ink refill and Sketch marker of the same color (I’m using BG11)
- White glitter
- Paper doily
- Box with resist printing (you can see how I made the box at my blog www.theoddgirl.com)
- Colorless Blender Various Ink refill and marker
- Stamps appropriate for the occassion (To/From and sentiment)
- Acrylic block
- Sheer white ribbon
- Wet adhesive
- Paper towel
- Sandwich baggie
One of the great things about Copic markers and the refills is that the Various Ink will adhere to any nonporous surface. We are going to use that to our advantage by color coordinating everything we need.
The first thing we are doing is to take our glitter, BG11 Various Ink and our baggie for some prep, as this needs to dry. Pour some of the BG11 Various Ink into the baggie and add in a small amount of glitter. Knead the glitter and ink together to get a nice coating on the glitter. Once this is done, pour it onto a piece of paper towel and allow to dry. Next take the baggie, place the ribbon inside and repeat. I didn’t say we could color anything
Next we are going to take our Copic ABS and BG11 Sketch Marker and spray our box, giving it a liberal coating. An even coat is not necessary, though you don’t want it blotchy. Remember that our box was made with a paper that has a resist pattern (make your own pattern with clear embossing!). After your box has been colored, the magic happens! Pour a little of your Colorless Blender Various Ink onto some paper towel and wipe off the ink that was sprayed onto the resist pattern. This is going to give the box a fun pattern, move that color off the resist and onto the paper, and give it a soft look too. If your color isn’t dark enough, you can go back and repeat these steps as many times as you need. Let it dry between to prevent the paper from warping.
We are going to use our paper doily to put our sentiment and our “To/From” on. Instead of stamp ink we are going to use our BG11 and 0 Sketch markers to ink up our stamps. First place your stamp on the block and color over the stamp with BG11. The clear stamps are great for this as you can easily see the color being added, especially lighter colors (make sure your stamps are clean of old ink before hand). Once you get a good coat, take your Colorless Blender and give a coat to the area on the doily where you want to stamp. Soaking the doily in Colorless Blender “reactivates” the ink, allowing it to transfer. Now we have the perfect ink color too!
Every wedding needs a little glitter, so next we are taking our wet adhesive and the now dry glitter we prepared earlier to add a little extra touch to our doily. Trace a circle around the inner edge and press it into the glitter. Pressing rather than sprinkling gets the glitter in the adhesive more securely (and makes less of a mess ) Once the glue is dry, write your message and adhere the doily to the center of the top of our box and tie with our colored ribbon. Make sure you put your gift inside before tying it though!
Ta-Dah! Our gift is wrapped, gorgeous and coordinating! What more could a bride ask for?
Copic ABS System
Colorless Blender Marker and Various Ink
BG11 Sketch Marker and Various Ink
Stamps – Some Odd Girl (Gifty Gwen and Celebration Mae sentiments)
Resist Paper (that the box was made from) – Heidi Swapp
Glitter – Doodlebug Designs
Adhesive – Ranger Glossy Accents
Ribbon – Celebrate It (Michael’s)
Find Kristy on the web:
Copic Color: http://www.copiccolor.com/
Some Odd Girl Shop: http://www.someoddgirl.com/