i had a roll of vintage player piano paper and used that as my substrate. i wanted something that was a continuous roll so i could paint a large area and then, cut into strips to use on my packages.
the lighter blue color is actually paint, and the other colors added were a spray ink. some of the ink i sprayed directly onto the paper, and others i used a stencil. i also was not concerned about going all the way to the edge of the paper. if you look close to the right hand side you will note the words for the song. i did not want to paint over that- i wanted to be sure and save that edge so the person receiving the gift could see it and i thought the neutral color of the paper was a nice contrast against the colors.
the longer runs in the paper made it slightly more fragile to work with and did require me to use extra washi tape when attaching to my packages; but, i figured that was part of its' charm. i finished the wrapping up by adding one of my homemade tags and charms to each package.
each gift was similar yet different and made just for my employees.
hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!