If you are looking for a fine family activity to accomplish together with your children or you intend to add personal touches to your gifts on festive occasions and you have gift wraps to spare, here is a fun yet economically friendly activity that can help you achieve both requirements. All you need, would be wrapping paper or gift wraps, paper weights, your rubber stamps, ink, newspapers and other material of your choice.
Some things to note before you begin the process:
Crafting paper is recommended, but you can also go for postal paper and plain paper, as well as other materials. You can also purchase,mix and use a variety of rubber stamp friendly ink. Either dye or pigment based inks are a good selection to start with. Bear in mind however, that depending on the ink type you use, and how much ink is being used in your rubber stamp, some time should be allocated for drying. Pigment inks usually require heat setting so do pay attention to that.
Spread the gift wrap on an even work surface, with a layer of newspaper underneath. Make use of paper weights to anchor the corners of the gift wrap to prevent curling or shifting while you stamp. Practise is recommended before you begin working over the gift wrap you want for the final product. Make sure you are able to create basic shapes like lines, columns, patterns and try out new techniques. Once you are satisfied, use your rubber stamps to create the desired effect on your gift wrap. Make sure to stamp and exert even pressure when doing so to ensure consistency.
Dye inked gift wrap can be left to dry against the flat surface. If you have used pigment inks, heat the paper gently so that the ink can set and avoid smudging. Make sure you clean out your rubber stamps with soap and water after you are done. Leave them to dry on a towel with the rubber side down so that moisture can be effectively removed.
And there you have it- the secret to creating your very own customised wrapping paper with rubber stamps! What’s best about this is that you can reuse old rubber stamps, and that handmade gift wraps are suitable for many different occasions of your choosing as long as you have colours to match! This way, you will have a ready supply of personalised wrapping paper for any time you require them!