Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Cardmaking: Brown Paper Packages

Do you want to sing? I want to sing [heck, who am I kidding? I am singing] ... brown paper packages, tied up with strings ... these are a few of my favourite things ...

... especially when they make easy and fun Christmas cards like this:
I made this card a few years back now for a Papercraft Inspirations Christmas Card 'bookazine' special but, when I knew I'd be sharing postal related projects at the time of year when many cardmakers are settling down to make their Christmas cards ... I knew I had to share it again here.
The brown paper package is ...just that!
  • A scrap of chipboard wrapped in brown parcel paper [something I'm never without in my craft room]
  • tied with plain old parcel string and mounted to a plain white card on 3D foam pads.
The postmark and the outline of the postage stamps comes from:
  •  the Forever Friends - The Good Life - 'Journal' set which is a few years old now but which is still showing on the Docrafts site [and I have spotted some on EBay].
  • I just stamped one onto a festive patterned paper, framing the stocking image and cut them out by hand. Then stamped another on to plain white.
A similar effect could be attained from using a small postage stamp punch and a small number/alpha stamp set.
I might give this style another go this year and, if you're looking for more Christmas card ideas Papercraft Inspirations are in full festive swing! They've already published two Christmassy issues this season - the most recent featuring my festive themed 10 Ways with Fabric card + gift ideas ... and there's still more to come!

Also ... for a lovely collection of actual brown paper packages to send as gifts this Christmas hop to my post from yesterday which features a special offer from The Green Gables.


If you haven't already visited the Going Postal board where everyone's postal-inspired blog posts are saved, then do treat yourself to a browse when you get time. [Just click on the image you want to learn more about until you're taken across to the original post].
Then ...

If you join in with a posty post of your own:
  • let your readers know you're Going Postal [a few words of introduction is fine];
  • link up to my blog or the Going Postal Pinterest board where I'll be saving your post.
  • then - if you use Pinterest please consider pinning it to one of your own boards, link me up, and I'll 're-pin' it.
  • but - if you DON'T use Pinterest drop by here or my Facebook page and leave a link to your postal-themed project or story before Oct 27th and I'll add you to the board for all to share your contribution.
  • The Going Postal Pinterest board has close to 800 followers ... so this could be a fun way to get your blog seen by some new eyes!
Any problems or questions - just get in touch. :-)


  1. Adorable! And I'm singing now, too :)

  2. me too..... guess it's going to be in my head all day. Love brown paper so versatile.

  3. Clever, clever and clever again! Just love brown paper :). How can just looking at brown paoer make a person feel happy?

  4. What a great idea for using up some of my giant supply of old stamps!

  5. Love it - simple and stylish and SO versatile!


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