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Holiday Blizzard – Holiday Gift Bags

Holiday Gift bags

By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide



Christmas Collection [Recollections]
Poinsettia Outline [Memory Box]


Olympia Green Versafine [Tsukineko]
Pearlescent Ice Blue [Tsukineko]
Crimson Red Versafine [Tsukineko]

Starburst Stains Poinciana Red Flame Dauber [Lindy’s Stamp Gang]
Fire Opal Embossing Powder [Unknown]
Scor-Pal and Scoring Blade [Diana Crick]
Double Sided Tape [Scrappin Gear]
.125” handheld circle punch [Fiskars]
Various Gelly Row Pens [Sakura]
Copic New Leaf & Dim Green Pens [.Too]
Stickles Glitter Glues [Ranger]
3-D Layered Accents [Susan Winget]


Directions:   [bag1]

  1. I have used pre-made bags for stamping Christmas bags, but since the bag is already assembled, I can’t get clean designs with my stamps. I don’t have a flat surface to work on, so today I’ll show you one way to make a basic gift bag along with sites of how to make other styles.
  2. This basic gift bag template is easy to change to any size you may wish to customize. The front and back of the bag is always twice the width of the sides, whether it is a tiny or large bag plus the overlap. These proportions give a tidy and firm base to the base of the bag. The bag can be made as tall or as short as you like!
  3. Before making a bag with good paper, practice on scratch paper first.  Making a template is also advisable.  Try out different stamping and decoration techniques and practice the placement of stamped images.
  4.  To begin, I started with the measurements 1.5”, 3”, 1.5”, 3”, .75” that totals 9.75 inches. (If you have a score-pal the measurements for scoring would be as follows - 1.5”, 4.5”, 6”, 9”) Lightly score down the center of your short ends so that the side has a pleat.  For the bottom base score 1.5” across.  Cut up to the fold line as shown in the example above.
  5. For the 2 bags shown I used the same measurements.  One started with an 8.5” x 11” sheet of solid paper, the second printed sheet was 12” x 12”.   Now is the time to start decorating. 
  6. I started with the dauber.  I wet the top of the dauber and stamped the dauber couple of time before putting on my bag.  I stamped hard on the paper that splattered on the paper making a starburst designs randomly.  Next I stamped the tree and used the glitter embossing powder.  Next I stamped the design on the top of the bag and again used glitter embossing paper.  Lastly I colored the tree with glitter pens and used glitter glue for top of tree.
  7. For the second bag I randomly stamped poinsettias, colored the leaves and added glitter to the center of each of the flowers and let dry.
  8. Now was the time to put the bag together.  First I ran the double side tape on the three quarter inch long side, and attached to enclose in the bag.  Next fold the base of the bag in the short end tabs first and connect with tape.  Gently press the long ends together for the pleat being inwards. Punch two holes in the top of the bag at the front and back, threading ribbon or cord through to form handles. 
  9. Finally I completed the layered accents with pens and glitter glue and attached to the bags.
  10. Prepare a few undecorated bags and store flat. These can quickly be decorated with rubber stamps that are appropriate to the occasion for any last minute gifts!
  11. Here are the websites I mentioned earlier.


Have a great holiday season.

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