Say hello to my beautiful cousin Eloise, my second stunning model from my BOMANI WOMAN™ photo shoot with my dear friend Simon Richardson. Inspired by the painting ‘Johannes Vermeer I wanted to put my own twist on it and create ‘Girl with the Silver Septum’. As this was the first photo shoot from the aspiring actress I must say I was very impressed with her poise, confidence and the results, well you can see for yourself…
As Christmas day is fast approaching I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my gift wrapping technique with you. As we all know a beautifully wrapped gift adds a sense of excitement to the unveiling of the gorgeous gems inside. For this project I have chosen a sumptuous colour pallet of black, gold, light brown, copper and white in different textures and materials to create 7 ways to wrap the perfect present.
1. Gold foil and custom printed ribbon
Gold is the most luxurious colour you can get especially at this time of year, so for my first gift box I used metallic foil sheet and black satin custom printed ribbon to create this simple yet effective style. The glimmering gold foil will catch the light beautifully under the Christmas tree and the custom ribbon adds a sophisticated touch. Even though my ribbon is branded with my company logo there is no reason why you couldn’t print a special message or Christmas text to add a personal touch to your gifts. Printed Ribbon is a good company to order your own custom ribbon as they have a range of vibrant colours and several ribbon width to choose from. I bought my gold foil paper from my local stationery shop but you should be able to find something similar at your local craft store.
2. White kraft paper with white feathers and rose gold decorations
To create this pretty little parcel I wrapped my box with the white kraft paper and then made a cute little bouquet using a few white feathers and copper ball decorations, these are attached to a wire stem making them easy to manipulate. I secured them all together using white string and used double-sided tape to secure the bouquet to the gift box.
3. Gold foil and black bow
Using the same gold foil paper I added an elegant bow using thin sparkly black ribbon, you can’t go wrong with this style and you can simply repeat this method using complimenting wrapping paper and ribbon to match your chosen colour scheme and you will have a gorgeous array of perfectly wrapped gifts.
4. Brown kraft paper and copper satin ribbon
Inspired by a pair of ballet shoes this style is a great way to package your presents on a budget. Using cheap parcel paper which I picked up from my local Post Office for £1.99 for 3 meters, it is an affordable way to wrap lots of gifts. I then taped the end of the ribbon to the back of the box and wrapped my copper ribbon around three times to create this criss-cross effect.
5. Black kraft and lace
I always have odd bits of trimmings in my haberdashery box so for this design I used the black kraft paper as a base and cut a small length of lace trim and wrapped it around the box to create a delicate contrasting finish, it is a great way of making your gifts look unique and using up odds and ends at the same time.
6. Black kraft paper, copper and black glitter ribbon
Starting with the black kraft paper as a base, I layered up copper ribbon with a thinner black glitter ribbon to create this streamline design, it is a great alternative to a bow especially if your wrapping a gift for a guy and you still want that beautiful finish without it looking too feminine.
7. White kraft paper and copper satin ribbon
This final style is exactly the same method as number 3 except I have finished off the ends of the ribbon bow with a double pointed edge which is created by filing the end of the ribbon in half and snipping the corners diagonally. This simple technique gives your bow that extra je ne sais quoi which I adore.
I hope this has inspired you to get creative with your gift wrapping this Christmas and if you decide to try some of these techniques please tag @elishafrancis in your pics on instagram or Elisha Francis Jewellery on Facebook so we can see your creations!
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!