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Scotch Tape names top gift wrapper in the nation: Patricia Zapata wins contest

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Scotch Tape is a winner when it comes to gift wrapping. Just about everyone at some point has used the wonderful clear tape to wrap up beautiful gifts to give for birthdays and the holidays. In honor of their years contributing to gift giving fun 3M Scotch Tape now has an exciting annual contest to name the top national gift wrapper, giving the top winner a $10,000 check award.

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This year was a very exciting contest incorporating Scotch’s decorative Expressions line of tapes.

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 excitement was in the air at the Celsius in Bryant Park in New York City as the eight top gift wrapping finalists wrapped challenging odd-shaped gifts in three rounds to vie for the contest’s top place. Those entering the Most Gifted Wrapper™ Contest sponsored by 3M were required to send in a short video as well as a gift-wrapping tip to prove their special wrapping talent and experience.

The final eight showed true talent and gift wrapping art as they wrapped up the challenging unique shaped and sized gifts. Round one brought the contest down to four participants. After round two the final two participants were chosen to battle for the top title in round three.

  • Round one: a pink toy castle complete with pointy towers, and a boxed gift
  • Round two: a cute children’s go-kart
  • Round three: a huge full-size paddleboat complete with a sun canopy

The three judges used two criteria to judge the contestants; the final appearance of the wrapped gifts along with the technique used to wrap the gifts. In case of a tie the judges made their final determination based on speed.

The judges brought a unique pool of their own winning artistic talents to the contest.

Martin Amado was a first year judge this year. Scotch knows how to pick from the cream of the crop. Martin is well known as a lifestyle expert and talent wowing audiences as the host and designer of the “Room for Improvement” segment on Fox WSCN 7 news in Miami and as the founder for his aptly named WOW factor home makeover company. Martin Amado considers himself a home stylist focusing on decorating an existing space without knocking down walls. He is an expert on transforming a space on a limited budget in a single day bringing fragmented parts together in order to finish the story of a beautiful put together dream space.

Mark Ski has been serving as a judge for the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest since 2006. He loves the excitement of what Scotch has to offer with their new line of tapes that are perfect for novices to create a beautifully wrapped gift. The impeccably dressed Mark Ski brings his style essence as a well know award winning lifestyle producer to the judges table. Mark’s produced lifestyle work has been seen on many TV shows across the major networks including CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS and Discovery. Marks proved abilities have won him three Emmy awards as a producer for Martha Stewart Lifestyle and a James Beard award for Best Television Food Segment in the Country for a Martha Stewart show. Mark can now cheerfully be found pooling together his talents and knowledge to serve the world of real estate in New York City.

Erica Domesek is known for her innovative do-it-yourself lifestyle brand “P.S – I Made This…” As the spokesperson for the Craft and Hobby Association and a creative soul sharing her wonderful innovative DIY ideas on her website as well as in two books makes Erika an expert judge for participating in choosing the Most Gifted Wrapper. She is well known as a design and style expert appearing on “The Today Show”, “Rachael Ray”, “The Martha Stewart Show”, The Nate Berkus Show, “E! News” and judging for TLC’s “Craft Wars”.

Contestants were chosen from across the nation

The diversity and unique abilities of the contestants could be seen watching the thrilling contest. Excitement and cheers filled the air as the festivities of wrapping challenges begun.

  • Melinda Cantor from Deer Park, NY owner of Only You Gifts in Islip, NY, proved her abilities as well taking the prize of runner up winning a $2,500 cash prize.

The other six participants were all winners receiving smaller cash prizes.

  • Mia Canada from Atlanta, Ga. of That’s a Wrap!
  • Diane Henkler from Lansdale, Pa.
  • Lisa Huff Kroll from Monrovia, Calif.
  • Vickie Ransbottom from Dallas, Ga.
  • Julia Rose from North Richland, Texas
  • Esther Thiel from Chesterfield, Mo.

Scotch products add to the excitement of wrapping presents with new fun tapes and dispensers.

3M Scotch has now made wrapping gifts a true expression of art with colorful and decorative patterned Expressions tapes. These tapes add to the fun and excitement of gift giving allowing the gift wrapper a chance to make a unique statement beyond paper and bows. Along with the line of idea provoking tapes are wonderful tape dispensers that also make perfect as gifts in themselves.

As the winner, Patricia Zapata offers these DIY gift wrap tips to get creative.

  • Chalk it up: Search the Internet for printable chalkboard gift wrap. With just a chalk marker, send your recipient personalized greetings alongside drawings of reindeer and holiday trees.
  • Cut through the red tape: Who says you have to wrap a gift using paper and ribbon? Instead, add layers of colorful Scotch Expressions Tapes around a solid-colored box to create stripes and imitate a ribbon. Complete the look by folding individual pieces of colored and patterned tapes into triangles, and then tape them together to create a 3-D bow atop the gift.
  • A family affair: Give kids pieces of kraft paper pre-cut for individual gifts, and a variety of crayons and markers. Let their creativity take over! The wrap becomes part of the gift, as the ‘work of art’ can be framed by the recipient once they unwrap the present.
  • Smile! You’re on… gift wrap: Print black-and-white photos of family and friends, and tape them to gifts wrapped in bright-colored solid gift-wrap paper. The photos can serve as gift tags so the recipient can be easily identified.
  • Flower Power: Cut card stock into petal shapes and adhere them to your gift in the shape of a flower. Then, use complementary colored and patterned tapes to embellish the petals and illustrate the flower stem. Add additional petals directly on the box as a finishing touch.

Scotch has wonderful tutorials featuring projects for gift wrapping ideas. Have fun perfecting the most beautifully gift wrapped presents that recipients will be so impressed with that photos will be taken of the artwork before they unwrap to see their gifts. With some practice anyone can send an entry in, in hopes of participating in next year’s contest to achieve the winning title and award.

Stay creative and enjoy life. Never be afraid to dance!

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