Monday, July 25, 2011

Pretty Packaging

Hello everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My weekend was filled with birthday parties for little ones.  I also had a birthday party last weekend and now I am officially "Caked Out!"  They were a lot of fun, but as you well know, wrapping presents and embellishing the packaging can really add up, especially when you have multiple parties to attend.  While I lucked out on the wrapping paper (Dollar Tree) I wasn't so lucky on the bow end of things.  I had NO bows in my stash and decided to make one from a tutorial I got from Splitcoaststampers last year that I filed away in my "Things I want to try" file but never got around to making one.  Boy was I sorry!  Once I made the first one I thought I will never buy another pre-made bow again!   You can see the tutorial here.  I did not use any special paper, just some colorful cardstock I had from my pre SU! days.  These are so great because you can totally customize the bow to coordinate with whatever wrapping paper you want.  You can use solid or double sided DSP and the results will look totally different.  Hope you enjoy it!

 To make the bow look "grounded" on the gift, I added a couple of ribbon tails by simply cutting two strips of 1"x7" strips of cardstock and cut out a "V" at the bottom to finish it off.  Once I was done with that I thought it was missing something and needed a "POP" of color since it looked kind of flat since I didn't use DSP.  To remedy that situation I simply punched out little party hats in coordinating colors with a punch I had and tucked them inside the bow with mini glue dots.

Hope you have a great week ahead of you.  Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Cardstock from my stash
Tools: Party Hat Punch: Paper Shapers
Accessories:  Mini Glue Dots

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