Basic Gift Wrap

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wrapping expert Christina Crawford demonstrates the basics of gift wrapping.

    Christina Crawford

    With over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!

    Christina Crawford: I am Christina Crawford, I am Stampin Up! demonstrator and I have been a Stampin Up! demonstrator for 11 years, but I have been wrapping gifts for a lot longer than that. I  love to wrap presents, when I was little kid and it's just so much fun. Over the years, my friends even said, could you wrap my presents for me, because I have fun doing it. So I hope that I can show you some basics in wrapping gifts with some wrapping paper.

    Wrapping paper comes in different sizes, so it's really good to have your paper out, roll it out, take your gift box and then measure it upside down on the paper and you will get a good idea on how much you need to cut. The wrapping paper likes to roll back sometimes it's nice to have a helping hand, but for the size you want to make sure that it's going to roll right over a little bit more than halfway.

    If you don't do that then you are going to see some of the box and also on the top part here these are going to be the ends and I am going to push that up in a minute but for right now, I am just going to roll the paper until the center is underneath the paper and then what I am going to do next is just lift this up and roll it over, just to make sure that I am not using more than I need to.

    Sometimes I like to put something down like maybe some ribbon or your tape, just to keep it from rolling back and then with some sharp scissors, you are just going to cut that. If your scissors are really sharp, this is how they should work. Something about these scissors, you will notice the design, how they are nice and flat on the back. They are great for wrapping paper, because they will lie flat and you can cut straight across.

    Sometimes a small scissors, you will be working too hard, it might actually crinkle the paper, tear the paper, you won't be happy with, your present won't look pretty and so I recommend getting some really good sharp scissors, look for this design where it's a little bit flat on the bottom. Next, what you are going to do is just lift it up a bit because you want to make sure that the end is going to fit right on the top, not more than that, just about there, right down the edge and then you can turn it to this side, when you are using stripe paper first of all, it's fabulous, because you can cut along this stripe, it's just the perfect paper. So, I have about two inches there, if you don't know how many inches it is, you can take a roller and just grab it. Here is the scissors again and I am just going to cut, I could see through this paper, I could see that I am cutting on a straight line and that is all that I need. Save this paper, there is lots that you can do with it, many people throw it away and it's a really a waste, because believe it or not, there is little presents that you can wrap with that. Cards and tags, that you can make with the leftover wrapping paper. The next thing, you want to do is get some good tape and this is Scotch tape, I love it because it's the invisible tape, there is also a really nice satin tape that Scotch makes and I think he comes in a purple pad. This one is a green pad, it's invisible.

    Now, you might remember that, that maneuver a little bit more than the center and that's good, we are going to pull that tight and then with this end, just fold it over, just a little bit and then just fold it down. This is a step that a lot of people miss out doing and I know that it looks like maybe it's unnecessary, because it just folding over paper, but it really cleans up the ends for you and it looks professional and you are only using about an inch extra. Again kind of wiggle that tight, and then take your tape and just tape that right down there. Look at this invisible tape, isn't that great. I love it. The shiny tape is fine too but this just so happens to be my favorite tape. So you are going to see on the side that there is really not much room here and there is different things that you can do with this particular box and I will show you something different on the next box.

    What we are going to do here is just kind of folding the ends on the top and the bottom. Just fold in and you are going to crease that down. And then you will take your tape and then just kind of picking over, you are going to fold down the bottom which is facing you and then lift up the top and before you do that, give it another little fold, again it's just going to look so much nicer and then lift it up and then just put your tape right there and then this is the image that you will get, it will look nice and clean on the side.

    Of course, you want to do that on the other side or your present will fall out, so do it again. Here we go, it's a little bit of a review. Fold it in on the sides, fold the paper down, if you have a little bit too much, maybe a half inch too much and that's okay, then it's all right because you just are going to press that right down, fold in your top again, give it a good crease, lift that up and put your tape there. I have only used three pieces of tape and believe it or not that's all you need, I have had presents with tape all over and it's very hard to unwrap and little frustrating sometimes too when it's all tape. So really, we only need three pieces of tape. One on each side and one on the bottom and the center and if you wrap your paper nicely that's really all you need. Sometimes there is a little bit on the side and if you want you crisp that up, just pinch your fingers, take your finger and your thumb and just kind of pinch it and slide it along the ends, so that's pretty basic, but that's how you would wrap a basic gift box. The next segment, I am going to talk about how you can wrap presents from different things you might have lying around in the house, so watch that segment, see what I am talking about, it's a lot of fun.