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  • Writer's pictureSarah Matthews

Christmas Making

Christmas is a great time for making things. Even if you don’t make anything for the rest of the year I think there’s a small bit of us all that wants to make something for the festive period. Whether it be fun new recipes from all the magazines or gift tags made from last year’s cards.

It’s easy to leave it too late to get started and I’m guilty of that too. The weeks fly by and before you know it we’re all in a mad last minute rush. This year as always I’m trying to do things differently and be ready earlier. With this in mind, I’ve been playing with my new Christmas themed wooden block stamps and creating hand printed fabric to wrap or decorate gifts with.

One of the things I’m sure we all think about on the big day is the amount of wrapping paper that gets wasted. In the UK it can be recycled but it still feels like a bit of a waste, both in terms of money spent and in the recycling effort. However, we all need something to wrap gifts in. There are some lovely designs out there and I wanted to see if I could create something equally as nice that could be reused.

For my test pieces I used a simple calico as my base fabric to get that rustic look. It’s also a cheap fabric to experiment with.

I cut out circles to decorate the tops of jars with,

loaded my wooden stamp with paint using the sponge and got stamping.

Here are the results:

To embellish things further and give them a bit of Christmas sparkle I added some hot fix jewels.

Here are the finished wrapped products.

What do you think of the results?

As you can see, I also made some cards to go alongside the gifts, using exactly the same methods.

If you fancy having a go at printing with your own wooden blocks drop me a message as I have some extra ones for sale.

Happy printing :)

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