So I want to challenge my self and give my crafting some purpose, because I work better with project parameters in front of me. Otherwise, I feel a bit aimless and get off track too easily. I frequently visit (okay, daily… okay, multiple times a day) the Simon Says Stamp Blog. I love their inspiring projects and also their super awesome stamps, dies. I also get most of my stamps and dies from their shop. Anyway, they have weekly challenges and I’ve decided I want to participate. This weeks Monday Challenge is Treat bag/box. I got this idea in my head since I’ve been playing around with shaker cards, that I’d like to make Christmas themed shaker bag with a little tag greeting.
First I used my cricut to cut out a bag from some heavy weight card stock and positioned a tree die from Lawn Fawns Trim the Tree set on the front of the bag using some micro pore tape to hold it in place. I’ll list all my supplies below.
Then I used my Big Kick to die cut the tree. To make my see-through window I adhered a piece of acetate using my Tombrow Mono Dots roller. Then added some double-sided foam tape in preparation for adding fun sparkly things and the second piece of acetate.
I really wanted to make the tree look like it was full of decorations so I stamped some ornaments, lights and candy canes from Lawn Fawns Trim the Tree stamp set.
I wanted to color in these ornaments so I used black Archival Ink from Ranger. Then I did some quick coloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I just wanted to add some bright pops of color. I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the tiny ornaments.
I wanted to add some interest to the front of the tree window so using the stamp set’s garland stamp as a guide I used a silver sharpie marker to place little garland dots along the tree. I used a sharpie since I don’t have any silver ink pad that will dry on acetate. It worked out great!
Next got started on my little tag greeting. I used some green card stock and die cut a heart border at the top with Tim Holtz Alterations border dies. Super quick and easy and really cute.
Now I wanted to stamp my Merry Christmas greeting on to the tag. It got a bit complicated with placement because I wanted it to be perfectly seen through the tree. So here’s how I got my greeting stamped perfectly. I used the tree die cut from when I cut the tree hole in the bag, I just fit it back into the hole then placed and stamped my greeting. I taped a strip of scrap card stock to the tree and then slide it between the bag and tag layers until I had it perfectly positioned inside the tree hole. I taped it down, lightly traced around it in pencil and then removed it. I was then able to line up my stamp perfectly and viola!
To decorate the tag greeting I stamped some ornaments and presents around my greeting, used my Zig markers and a silver roller pen to add some color. Added some dashed black lines to anchor the ornaments. Turned out pretty cute.
Moving back to the bag, I placed all my die cut ornaments face down on the acetate sheet over the tree hole, added some sparkly white glitter, a few sequins and adhered the second piece of acetate to close it all in. Now it’s ready to shake, shake, shake! I love the way all the little ornaments float around with the glitter. I felt like the front of the bag needed something so I added a snowflake shaped crystal embellishment and put it all together.
I really like the way it turned out and my photos don’t really do it justice, but hey, there’s a learning curve for taking photos and I’ll be getting a lot of practice! I hope that my little project inspires you to create a little something of your own! Craft and feel good!
Heavy weight card stock: the Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby
Stamps & Die: Lawnfawn Trim the Tree coordinating set; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations border die set 660226
Acetate: Lifestyle Crafts Media Plastic Sheets
Adhesives: Tombrow Mono Dots and 3M 1/2 inch double sided mounting tape
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
Markers/Pens: Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker 48 set; Uni-ball Signo UM-153 Siver pen; Sharpie Permanent Marker in Silver Metallic
Glitter/Sequins/Embellishments – All random dollar store brand finds