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Quick and Easy Gift Bag – Using Your Stash

I’m all about using my stash and during the holidays, your stash can come in very handy. A couple of things I keep on hand regularly is plain kraft-colored bags, tulle, and small gifts. Pair these things together with Sizzix dies and the possibilities are endless. I wanted to share a quick tutorial for a cute handcrafted gift bag. You can take this same concept and make a matching card as well.

I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die titled Reindeer Flight which someone gifted me a couple years ago. It was used but I loved it. Here’s the how to to make a stamp and quick and cute gift bag.

To Create the Reindeer Stamp

Supplies Needed:

  • Thick Craft Foam usually found at Michaels as seen HERE. Color doesn’t matter.
  • Sizzix Die Cutting Machine
  • Sizzix Favorite XL Bigz Die (in this case – a Reindeer) A wreath would look darling too
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

The How To:

  1. Cut out a die shape from the thick foam sheet.
  2. Using Tacky Glue, adhere the shape onto the remaining portion of the foam sheet to use as a base. Trim.
  3. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  4. Ink, stamp and enjoy.

To Create a Quick, Easy and Simple Gift Bag

Supplies Needed:

  • Handmade Foam Stamp
  • Ink – Your choice in color but white stands out nicely against the kraft- colored bag
  • Pine Branch Die cut or Branch punch
  • Tacky Glue
  • Tonic Nuvo Crystal Dots or puffy paint
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue/Accent – Clear or White color works well

The How To:

  1. Stamp the custom-made foam Deer stamp (or preferred shape) on to the bag with ink. I prefer pigment ink for this project as it provides a ‘juicy’ image
  2. Glue the branch shapes around the deer’s neck
  3. Add Nuvo Crystal Dots
  4. Randomly add Stickles on branches for a frosted look

Allow to dry before giving. That’s it. A simple handmade look in minutes.

Warmest Creative Wishes friends,

Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide