Monday, 3 December 2012

Crafty Gifts!

Good Morning!
Apologies for not popping by on Saturday like I usually do, I caught a rather nasty stomach bug last week so unfortunately I didn't manage to get all my crafting done :(
 However I am feeling much better now and I am back today with something to start off this weeks inspirational theme which is Crafty Gifts! What with Christmas just around the corner what better way could you give a gift to a loved one than placing it inside something that you had also made??? I have come up with something very quick and straight-forward for those of you who don't have time to spend too long on one thing but still making it look like you had ;) I have simply decorated a plain paper bag that can hold your present inside!

To create the bag simply flatten a brown paper bag so you have a flat surface to work on. 
Trim a piece of black cardstock down to a size just a little smaller than the bag itself, this will help the Design Paper that you will be creating to stand out to the eye just a little bit more from the bag.
Next ink up a large sentiment stamp, I have used one by Tim Holtz, using an Emboss It Ink Pad and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock trimmed just a bit smaller than the black. Sprinkle over some Clear Embossing Powder and heat up. 
Once cooled spritz the card with some water and spread a combination of 3 Distress Stains over the top, don;t panic abojut covering the letter as it will simply wipe away once finished with a damp cloth. Heat dry and once your happy with the background stamp over the top with a Snowflake Stamp using Distress Ink.
Heat dry once again and wipe away the excess ink with a damp cloth from the lettering, once you have done this you will see how the white really pops from the colours of the stains!
Die cut a snowflake design and place this underneath the cardstock on an angle at the top, wrap some ribbon across the lower half and secure using sellotape before glueing it all down. 
Finish the bag by adding some embellishments!




INGREDIENTS -
Tim Holtz Christmas Silhouettes Stamp Set
Penny Black Brush Flake 2783F Stamp
Brown Paper Bag
Marianne's Designs Snowflake Die
Flowers
Foundations Black Cardstock
Seam Binding Ribbon & Twinklets Glitter
Dew Drops
Clear Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Christmas Muse Token, Wire Pin & Jump Ring


INKS USED -
Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Distress Stain - Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough & Festive Berries

Thanks for popping by!
I shall be back on Wednesday with my take on the Tim Holtz December Tag to share with you all!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
NATALIE
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