Like a lot of people recently, I have been excited about making Halloween cards and papercrafts, and that is how I first saw this idea….as a candy wrapper. The first one I made, after seeing a lot of them on the internet (where I spend way too much time, but I love all the ideas!) is for Halloween. I think the idea and directions I first saw came from another demo, Diana Gibbs. Here is my Halloween one:
This is a 6×6 piece of the Halloween Designer Paper (page 170) in the Idea Book & Catalogcalled "Ghostly Greetings". You'll need a piece of Sticky Strip tape along one side at the edge, and I just used some SNAIL on the two sides. I placed a small bag of candy in the center and folded the side with no Sticky Strip down over it, like when wrapping a package, and folded the side with the Sticky Strip up to adhere. The two ends are then crimped which helps hold them shut while also adding interest to the package. I added just a simple "belly band" with black and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped with that old favorite, "Itty Bitty Backgrounds"! The tag is stamped with the new set in the Holiday Mini on page 5 called "Eat, Drink & Be Scary" and has a little bow made with the SU black hemp twine. So easy and too cute!
A couple days later I needed a quick package for my niece, Carrie, and wanted just a flat little package that wouldn't take much effort in mailing! I happened to think of this same idea for gift wrapping and then I could just slip it into a mailing envelope and get it sent out quickly in the mailbox. I had a little necklace for her so I chose some retired designer paper and made the same type of package.
To decorate the package, I stamped her initial with the wonderful stamp set, "Lovely Letters" and used the circle punches and the Scallop Circle Punch. The belly band is just a piece of the coordinating designer paper. Both ends are crimped with the "crimper" on page 192 although it doesn't show up very well in this photo. The Crimper has been around as long as I can remember but it sure has its uses!
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