Friday, December 3, 2010
Hi everyone! Denise here, with a hybrid project to start off the Christmas season. I found a pack of generic gift bags at Michaels and thought it would be fun to decorate them up a bit, adding a little sparkle. I was inspired by the hanging ornaments in the ‘Twas the Night kit. I loved the digital sequins on the ornaments and after digging into my craft pile, I found some sequins to add to the project. The sequins also added a nice touch to the “trees” on the second set of bags below.
The gift bag front is really close to 8″ x 10″ so in Photoshop I created a canvas that was 8″ x 10.25″ and added guides at the top and bottom to mark 10″. For the left bag I placed the patterned paper from ‘Twas the Night and masked it so it was 3″ wide. I placed the red polka dot paper behind it and used the Scallops, Shapes and More to create the scallops. An additional yellow paper was added. The layers had an Outer Glow added instead of a drop shadow and the merged strip was placed on an 8.5″ x 11″ canvas to print. I was also able to place two ornaments and a stocking on the larger page for printing. Print the sheet onto heavy matte photo paper and trim the pieces. Glue the strip onto the bag starting at the top and trim the extra at the bottom of bag. Punch a hole in the ornaments and hang the assorted ornaments from the bags with ribbon. The right bag is created similarly, with the scallops being cut after printing with decorative scissors. Sequins and a snowflake were glued to the ornament also.
For the Christmas tree bags, the stitched circles and bits of patterned paper from ‘Twas the Night were printed onto heavy matte photo paper and trimmed. A circular punch works great for this process. The circles were glued to the bag and a rectangle of paper was placed for the trunk. I used sequins to fill in the tree a bit and added a brad or snowflake to the top of the trees. Note the bottom right circles are blank, that’s where I plan to write the names of the giftees.
Here’s some of the products that can be used to make the gift bags; decorative scissors, circular punch, brads or bling, sequins (Darice, 5mm), ribbons, liquid glue and tape adhesive.
I hope you’ll give them a try, it’s easy to create multiple gift bags with the ‘Twas the Night kit at the same time. Happy Scrapping and Crafting everyone! :)