- Paper; pencil or pen
- Christmas stencils, optional
- 2mm-thick self-adhesive foam
- Transfer paper
- Crafts knife
- 1/2-inch-thick lightweight foam board
- Acrylic craft paint in desired colors
- Paper plate
- Tissue paper in assorted colors
- Paper towels
1. Draw a simple design on a 2-inch-square piece of paper. If desired, trace a stencil of your choice.
2. Lay the self-adhesive foam down with the paper back facing up. Place the transfer paper on the foam back and the design on top of the transfer paper. Trace the design. Carefully cut out the design using a crafts knife. After cutting out the design, cut out the surrounding 2-inch square. Trace the 2-inch square onto the foam board twice. Cut out these two squares.
3. On one foam board square, place the self-adhesive surrounding foam design. Trace the original design onto the second foam board piece and adhere the cutout designs in place.
4. Choose the color of paint and the color of tissue paper desired for the wrapping paper. Spread newspapers on the work surface and lay down your tissue paper. Pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate.
5. Paint the stamp with a paintbrush. Stamp the tissue paper in the corner, pressing firmly. Using a paintbrush rather than dipping the stamp directly into paint makes a sharper image. To prevent tears, hold the tissue paper down while gently pulling up the stamp. After each stamp, carefully pull the tissue paper up so that the paint does not dry to the newspapers below. Using the same stamp, apply paint again and repeat. This stamp will be placed diagonally from the top corner of the first one. The third one will be done diagonally from the previous lower corner. Repeat these steps until the entire paper has a checkerboard effect. For a different design, stamp randomly on the tissue paper.