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DIY Leopard Print Wall by Emily McCarthy

 

In our effort to make some changes in the home studio, we wanted to spruce up the walls. I had this crazy idea for hand-painting a leopard print accent wall behind my desk. Everyone definitely thought I was crazy but I had a vision – and I was going to make it happen! I’ve studied the pattern of leopard and cheetah print so I knew the pattern could be loose and natural – no template was needed since no 2 spots are the same. I knew I wanted the base layer to be a warm neutral, the middle layer a gold shimmer and the top layer, a glossy black finish. I ventured to Michael’s and explored possible gold shimmer paints and application sponges. After trying a few different routes, this is what I found worked best.

STEP 1: Paint your chosen wall the neutral tan color of your choice.

STEP 2: Purchase these Martha Stewart for Michael’s Sponge Applicators, this is how I applied loose gold shimmer spots sporadically ¬†over the wall. The spots should vary in size and shape – no perfect circles. I actually applied 2 layers of gold to thicken the opacity. I used the Gold Shimmer Craft Paint from Martha Stewart as well.

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DIY Leopard Print Wall by Emily McCarthy

STEP 3: Start painting the ‘horseshoe’ shaped black spots surrounding your existing gold spots. These should be loose and organic – never the same shape and varying in edge smoothness. I used a paint brush for this step and after the first layer of black paint dried, I applied a 2nd layer to thicken up the black.

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…and that’s it – easy right? I know I know…a little easier said than done. The important part to remember is that it’s okay to be loose with the pattern and just free-hand it – you can’t really mess it up! Have fun!

More photos of the complete studio renovation coming very soon!

Emily McCarthy

2 comments

  1. Christina M. says

    Please design some planners and calendars. I think they would sell like hotcakes!


    December 28, 2013
  2. Michelle says

    I love, love this wall treatment. I like the fact that it’s a big print and DIY!! I am sharing as part of my Leopard & Cheetah post tomorrow. Thanks Emily and I love your style!


    May 7, 2014

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How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

I’m sure all of you are busy bees wrapping up your gifts with care so I wanted to show you an easy way to blind-seam wrap a gift. Blind-seam wrapping allows you to wrap a gift without the seam of paper and tape showing. I also love using alternative options for ribbon, adornments and gift wrapping options. I tend to buy all occasion gift wrap and change out the ribbon and colors depending on the season. This year, I went with lots of metallics and mixed animal prints and mixed in red and emerald ribbons. I also love using my Signature Gift Tags from my Shoppe. Izzy and Audrey over at Let’s Play Dear, a beautiful online publication, in Savannah asked me to show them a quick demonstration of gift wrapping tips for the holidays. I LOVE wrapping gifts so I was tickled to get dolled up and wrap some of my favorite treats. Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to blind-seam wrap a gift. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season! Photos by Izzy Hudgins.

Step 1: Cut your paper to the appropriate size of your box – allowing the edges to cover a little over half of the box thickness.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 2: Adhere your paper to the box – anywhere will work just fine.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 3: Completely cover your box with the gift wrap.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 4: When the gift wrap is completely covering the box, allow the overlap to lay over 1 side/edge of the box, press down along the edge with your fingers so that you crease the paper along the edge of the box.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 5: Using the crease as a guide, fold the excess paper under and create a folded edge down the side of the box.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 6: Place double sided tape underneath the fold and adhere to the box – creating a blind-seam effect on the edge.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 7: Finish off the sides of the box with standard wrapping methods.

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Step 8: Using your fingers, press and crease all of the edges of your package to create a clean tight look.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 9: Estimate the length of your ribbon to criss-cross wrap your box. Fold the ribbon in half and cut on a diagonal to create a flag edge.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

Step 10: Lay the ribbon across 1 length of the box, turn the box over and criss cross the ribbon, wrapping it around the remaining length of the box.

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

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Step 11: Once you’ve turned the box back to the top side, feed the edges of the ribbon underneath the existing ribbon on each side.

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Step 12: Pull and extend the edges of the ribbon and begin to tie the first stages of a box – the same as tying your shoelace. The ribbon will automatically tighten around the box without having to hold down the ribbon – instant tightly wrapped bow!

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Step 13: While finishing out your bow construction, take this opportunity to slide in a beautiful adornment like a gold magnolia leaf seen here.

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and presto – your beautifully wrapped gift is ready!

How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

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