Gift wrapping is an art and hobby. But to do it well and professionally, it entails that you have to practice and experience the learning yourself. One of the simplest yet can be challenging task of gift wrapping is the ability to choose the right speciality gift wrap paper. Outline here are some of the factors which we can consider when deciding on what paper to buy for gift wrapping:
This is the primary criteria. Decide on the colors that you want, and next choose the design of the wrapping paper. Colors can come by contrasting ones (black and white) or complimentary. (pastel green and pink) Feel free to shop and look at the commercial shelves of gift stores, and see if you can find one that fulfils your needs. Whether it is a solid color, or a mix of two or more colors, they can go very well with gift boxes and containers. One note here is that white papers can sometimes serve as a useful foundation wrap for further decor elements (such as die-cut flowers or stamping) to be printed on it.
If one is looking at textured wrapping papers, one can source from recycled materials such as wallpapers, or leftover packaging bags. The textures can come with three dimensional feel or it can just be a texture printed on a smooth plain sheet of paper. Textured gift wrap paper can be ideal choices for circular containers such as tins, cylinders or flasks.
By patterns, it can come in the form of dots, shapes, tiling objects, etc. As such, it will be usually in multi-colored form with all sorts of illustrations or repeated designs. Examples are diagonal stripes of colors, snowflakes, leaves, flowers and cones, etc. Combining this with colors can really add a lot of visual interest, an air of elegance and excitement into the gift wrap.
This is associated with the length and width of the paper. Of course, it is logical to consider the size of your gift first, before deciding on the dimensions need for your gift wrap. Say if you are wrapping up a tennis racket as a gift, you need to find out whether the gift wrap you have in mind is able to accommodate the odd shape. So plan ahead and take into consideration before you start to shop for the paper.
The thickness of the wrapping paper can be a necessary factor to consider for the wrap. If you are just wrapping only a simple layer of paper over the gift, then normally an 80 gsm to 100 gsm (the “weight” of) paper will suffice. The “gsm” is an unofficial unit symbol that is widely adopted in English speaking countries. The more accurate way of measuring the weight is grams per square meter (g/m²). On the other hand, if you are considering using multiple wraps of different paper and textures, then the thickness need not be too dense or heavy, as one has to consider the difficulty of folds and ceases at the corners if the thickness is too much. This can be apparently challenging if you are doing pleated wrapping, where you need to perform overlapping folds around the gift.
This kind of speciality gift wrap paper is commonly seen in wine bottles or flasks. Traditional paper cannot effectively wrap up the whole gift without resulting in some unwanted ugly ceases. Hence, that’s where fabrics like cloth, angel-hair tissue papers, crumbled texture papers come in as the best alternative. These materials can be used to wrap up either circular-shaped or odd-shaped gifts without ended up spoiling the paper itself.
Cloth wrapping or Furoshiki, is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was often used to transport clothes, gifts, or food items. This wrapping trend has become prevalent in other parts of the world as well in the recent years.
Just like photo processing, wrapping paper can come across as either matt or gloss surface types. For special occasions like Christmas or any festive celebration, shinny or reflective gift wrap paper can be commonly adopted for gifts, as they serve to highlight the mood of the holidays, and at the same time add a heightened level of excitement and anticipation to the celebration.
One can definitely benefit a lot from window shopping at gift stores, researching online or even asking experts on choosing specialty gift wrap papers. To be able to master the art of selecting wrapping papers will take some time. Have some patience, and who knows, you could be a master in this art one day.
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