There’s something warm and inviting about kraft-colored products. Maybe it’s the soft shades of brown or the subtle texture of the porous material. It’s like an echo from the past, before paper products underwent multiple chemical treatments to get that just-right sheen of glossy business-letterhead perfection. And maybe it’s the uncomplicated ruggedness of these products which helps to spark the sort of inspiration that is born in the wiser but simpler parts of our mind.
With such a beautiful coloration and sturdiness to these materials, kraft-colored crafting supplies are great for all sorts of projects. Here at Somerset Place, we’re hoping to jumpstart your creativity by sharing ten inventive ways to use kraft-colored products:
1. Alter a Kraft-Colored Journal
Give your new diary a down-to-earth feel with the rich tan coloration of a moleskine kraft journal. With a variety of sizes and a choice between a darker or lighter cover, you can give your thoughts the perfect canvas for paint, collage, stamps, embellishments, and more.
2. Package Special Homemade Goods
Difficult for making an airtight seal and often covered in ink and chemicals, normal wrapping paper is not well suited for packaging edible goods. However, kraft-colored treat bags make it easy to securely enclose treats and are available in multiple sizes with interesting patterns like playful polka dots and bold stripes. Some kraft-colored bags come without a design, which means you can alter them for special occasions, themed parties, or anything else you can come up with. If you’re packaging baked goods, you can even share your recipe by printing it directly on kraft-colored bags.
3. Make Gorgeous Handcrafted Cards
Create unique embellishments on this ready-to-alter material that will give all your handcrafted cards a special and original touch. Kraft-colored paper is well known for being a very sturdy material, so whether you’re making a festive collage or an elegant invitation – it’s a great canvas for pen, paint, and other mixed-media applications. If you need some ideas, check out our free Card Making Projects like this one shown at left, which also features kraft-colored envelopes.
4. Start a Recipe Book or a Recipe Box
Assemble your recipe collection all in one place, and give it a distinct vintage feel by writing your ingredients and instructions on kraft-colored filler paper. If you use a worn journal cover from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Collection (shown at left), you can add more paper, tags, and page pockets as you go. To create a distinct recipe box, you can alter or use a unique container as is, and write down your recipes on kraft-colored index cards. Regardless of the project you choose, the end result can be passed down from generation to generation.
5. Alter and Embellish Gift Tags
Big or small, a kraft-colored surface is a lovely canvas to work on. With a set of kraft-colored tags you can alter or decorate them however you see fit. With a little glitter, paint, and cream-colored lace these tags can take on a shabby chic appearance. Alternatively, you can go very simple with just a well-placed stamp and some fancy free-hand lettering for a more minimalist look. Whatever you decide, your altered tags will be completely personal and one-of-a-kind.
6. Custom Gift Wrap
A Natural Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll gives you the flexibility to personalize your own gift wrap. Add your own custom pattern, write a thoughtful quote, or create a completely one-of-a-kind design by painting, drawing, or stamping directly onto your packages. Some manufactured wrapping paper creases and wrinkles easily; this isn’t the case with this paper. What I like about the kraft paper roll is that it’s very forgiving, even for someone like me, who isn’t the greatest at wrapping presents.
7. Kraft-Colored Accent Pieces
Kraft-colored embellishments come in all shapes and sizes, which make them great for nearly any type of project. A simple or elaborate kraft embellishment is a creative way to add depth or a primitive look, and while you can buy these accents, you also have the option of making your own. Have pieces of kraft-colored paper left over? Your scraps don’t need to be destined for the trash. Cut them into shapes, or add color, pieces of tissue, and stamps, and use these bits to decorate your cards, scrapbooks, and journal pages.
8. Use Kraft-Colored Paper as a Canvas
The stark contrast of black charcoal drawn across the warm surface of a kraft-colored page is sure to make a lasting impression. Alternatively, add paint, chalk, or oil pastels to make something unexpected and unique. With Kraft Wrapping Paper Rolls you can create a canvas that is as big or small as your creativity demands.
9. Parchment Paper Bouquets
One of the most wonderful little pleasures in life is giving or reciving flowers. There’s nothing quite as thoughtful as a handpicked bunch of fresh flowers, and with kraft-colored parchment sheets, you can give the bouquet a wholesome and rustic look. Our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer shows us how easy it is to pull off a clean and unprocessed look with with her Parchment Paper Bouquet Project. You only need five supplies to recreate this idea: parchment paper, a stamp, ink, scrapper’s floss, and lavender bundle.
10. Ruffled Gift Bags
The pleasure of giving or receiving a gift starts long before the present is opened. Making an artful display of the gift bag itself prolongs the delight of the receiver while also stirring their enthusiasm. Just a few sheets of raw Natural Kraft Tissue Paper can bring a gift to life by offering a rustic and unprocessed feel.
Comment for a Chance to Win!
Now that you’ve heard from us – we want to hear from you! Tell us how you would use these versatile kraft-colored products by commenting below. Five lucky winners will get to choose from 150 sheets of Kraft Paper or a set of 100 Kraft Index Cards, so make sure to leave your thoughts below!
* Contest is open to U.S. Residents only and ends on 4/30/14 at 11:59pm. Winners will be selected at random and will be contacted via email.