There’s something about the holidays that makes crafting a little more special. Whether your crafts are gifts or decor, it feels good to create something that adds a little beauty to the world. If you enjoy nature or gardening, you might even want to see a little of that reflected in your project. That’s where evergreen stamping comes into play. With just one little sprig of evergreen foliage, you can create an array of gorgeous art. We used Pinpoint® Blue false cypress and North Pole® arborvitae for the projects you see below. Stroll through your own space and collect any leaves or flowers that you’d want to try as a stamp.
– wrapping paper
– gift tags
– wall hangings or garland
– brown craft paper or construction paper
– white paint (and red if you’re feeling splashy)
– a paintbrush or foam brush
– paper plate
– twine or ribbon
– Grab your evergreen cutting, paper plate, brush (bristles or foam will both work), and paint.
– Brush a light layer of paint onto the plate. Place the cutting on top of the paint and lightly brush* paint on top of it.
*Adding too much paint can result in a blob-like look.
– Place your painted cutting onto the paper.
– Use scissors to cut rectangles of paper out. Make them roughly the size of your cutting.
– Place the paper on top of the painted cutting.
– While holding the paper in place, gently rub over the cutting to make sure you get paint on both pieces of paper.
– Stamp as much as you’d like! Fill up the entire sheet of craft paper if you intend to use it as gift wrap.
– If you intend to make gift tags, ornaments, or a wall hanging, paint some glue* on the back of the cut piece of paper with the print.
– If you’re making an ornament or wall hanging, you’ll want to have a double-sided piece. Carefully match up your cut pieces of paper, ensuring that the stamps will be in roughly the same place, and stick them together. Smooth any bumps out of the glued papers.
* Gluing two pieces of paper together will create a stronger, more finished-looking product. If you happen to be using a really thick piece of paper, you can just stamp both sides.
– Use scissors to tidy up the edges of your glued paper piece and cut into your desired shape.
– Punch a hole at the top.
– Add any extra elements you’d like. For example:
– A line of paint around the edge of the entire piece.
– Lines or dots to add character to the design.
– Glitter or stickers.
– To and from notes.
– For a wall hanging, string your twine between each paper piece. Tie a loop with a knot at each end.
– For ornaments and gift tags, string a piece of twine or ribbon through the hole and tie ends together.
And now it’s time to put your crafts in place and enjoy them!