Monday, December 15, 2014

Mixed Media Gift Wrap Tutorial Using Unique Laser Design's Swirly Christmas Tree Embellishment!

Why buy holiday gift wrap when you can create your own? ;D

Today, I have a super cool, step-by-step tutorial on how I created this holiday gift wrap using Unique Laser Design's swirly Christmas tree wood embellishment.

Mixed Media Gift Wrap Using
Unique Laser Design's Swirly Christmas Tree
Wood Embellishment
Okay, here we go:

Started with a piece a kraft paper
that was large enough to wrap
around my gift box.
Grocery bags are also GREAT!
Used washi tape to adhere
the kraft paper to my work surface.
Used black archival ink
to add this Stampabilities 'Faith'
stamp as a background layer.
Selected three shades of turquoise/teal
& pearl acrylic paint
for my Christmas tree color.
Placed a generous amount of
each color on my Gelli Plate.
Marbled gently with a paint brush.
Unique Laser Design's MDF Wood
Christmas tree embellishment

Gently placed the ULD wood
embellishment in the acrylic paint

Used the paint covered 
ULD wood embellishment 
to create several stamped images 

on my background
Splattered Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine
on the background
Used Tim Holtz's 'Picket Fence' 
Distress Paint to create white circles 
on the background

Doodled around all of the stamped marks
with a black Uni-ball Signo (broad) pen.
Added sparkle & dimension to the 

white circles with 'Star Dust' Stickles

Added Prima Marketing "Say it in Crystals"
bling embellies as Christmas tree toppers

Doodled around the bling embellies
with a black Uni-ball Signo pen

Added messy ink marks inside the
white circles with a
neon green Painters pen

The completed mixed media gift wrap background

Added acrylic paint to the other side of
the wood embellishment

Added 'Star Dust' Stickles to the
wood embellishment

Distressed the embellie with Tim Holtz's
'Weathered Wood' Distress Ink

Wrapped my gift with the mixed media 
gift wrap, added a ribbon & my 
painted ULD wood embellishment
as a final touch.

Tied decorative cord at the top of the 
embellishment so it can be used 
as a Christmas tree ornament!
Close-up of Unique Laser Design's
Christmas Tree Embellishment
I pray you find this tutorial helpful. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of you!

Much love,


  1. Shelley !!! Every time I think you've shown me a creative project, you do it again...and again. This is really beautiful ! ....although I don't know if I'd be able to open a gift wrapped with paper as pretty as that !!!! lol Great job !!!!

    1. THANK YOU, Shilo! You are such a blessing! Thanks for such an amazing product. Now I need to use all your wood embellies as stamps. LOVE the prints they make! Much love to you, my friend!

  2. That is just the coolest thing Shelley!! You are so creative and talented. Even my son was impressed! He said I'd goof up the paper by accidentally tearing it when I wrapped the gift! LOL I told him kraft paper is pretty sturdy! :-) Anyway, thank you for the detailed description. It's awesome!

    1. Awww…..THANKS for your kindness Elizabeth! I REALLY appreciate it! This one was SUPER FUN! I bless you, my love. Merry Christmas to you & your family! Smooches! ;D