My concept was to make a gift box that would be reusable year after year. It had to be sturdy and it had to be attractive in a non-trendy way.
When I began to cull through my supplies, I came across some recently acquired velvet. What's more Christmas-y than velvet? Also, I had always wanted to try my hand at embossing velvet so I thought this might be just the time to try it.
This is a shot of the fabric right after I embossed it. You do this using rubber stamps and a hot iron. It is crazy easy. Instructables has a great tutorial right here if you're interested in giving it a shot. This photo gives the truest representation of the color. The green is very vibrant and it's not really coming across well in the photographs.
By the way, I made the box, too, but if you want to try this, you could cover a shoe box, or other sturdy box with a cover.
In order to keep prying eyes from sneaking a peak before Christmas morning, I tied it shut with some organza ribbon which I got for cheap at a large national craft retailer.
I finished the inside of the box with scrapbook paper and some gold trim.