Hello, Friends! Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday. With the month of August almost gone, we are inching ever closer to the holiday season with all sorts of baking, parties and gifting to look forward to. With this in mind, I’ve created an elegant Festive Christmas gift bag and tags that would make a great hostess gift…or any kind of gift, really. You’ll find a complete list of supplies and a detailed tutorial at the end of this post. I have a load of photos to share with you, so let’s get started.
I love the classic colors and rich design of the beautiful Festive Christmas Collection! I started with a plain kraft bag and used the papers, stamps and dies to transform it into an opulent gift bag with a trio of hidden gift tags. Check it out!
I framed the beautiful Doves of Peace PreCut Stamp set with a gold foil frame and mounted it on my favorite paper from the Festive Christmas paper collection. Leaving the top of this panel open created space for me to add three handmade gift tags featuring artwork and stamped images from the Festive Christmas collection. Here’s a closer look at the tags:
I love the look of white stamping on kraft paper. It’s homey, warm and vintage. Imagine how pretty these tags will look when attached to packages under the tree! Embossing the giant brads was really fun!
The back side of the bag is also decorated with one of the poems I wrote for this collection along with gorgeous gold Ornamental Dies. I added some gold and pearl buttons and a satiny gold ribbon bow and bag handles to really take it over the top. It’s Christmas, right? Time to shine!
Do you do a lot of baking for the holidays? I typically make at least a dozen different kinds of cookies and treats for family and for gift giving. Our favorite Christmas cookie is my homemade gingersnaps, with real bits of candied ginger! Yummy! The smell of those baking instantly puts you in the Christmas spirit! What’s your favorite holiday baking tradition? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. I think it’s so fun to compare notes with folks from all around the globe!
That’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by! Until next time,
Festive Christmas Gift Bag
Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Stamps: HCPC 3621 Dove of Peace PreCut Set, HCPC 3622 O Little Town PreCut Set, HCPC 3623 Festive Candlelight PreCut Set, HCPC 3625 Festive Notes PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die, HCD 738 Ornamental Dies, 354806 Spellbinder Standard Circles Large
Paper: HCDP1 246 Festive Christmas Paper Collection
Other: 452255 Spellbinder Grand Calibur
Other products: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ kraft bag with grommet holes, Spellbinders Delightful Circles, kraft cardstock, green cardstock, red cardstock, gold foil cardstock, cream cardstock, Versamark Ink Pad, ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Pine Needles Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, Aged Gold Embossing Powder, White Superfine Embossing Powder, Distress Markers (pumice stone, pine needles, mowed lawn, festive berries, aged mahogany, old paper) water detail brush, gold ribbon, red satin ribbon, buttons, large brads
Directions: Cut two 36″ lengths of gold ribbon, fold in half and tie through the grommet holes in the bag as handles. Cut four 4″ lengths of gold ribbon and tie a square knot bow around the top of each handle.
Cut two 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ rectangles from green cardstock. Ink the edges with Pine Needles Distress Ink. Cut two 8″ x 5″ designer paper rectangles using the green flourish paper from the collection. Use a zig zag stitch and gold metallic thread to both panels of designer paper to both panels of green cardstock. Glue one panel onto the back of the bag. Run the gold ribbon across the center of the remaining panel, as shown. Top with red satin ribbon. Cut red cardstock to 5″ x 4 1/2″. Cut the red holly paper to 4 7/8″ x 4 1/4″. Use a straight stitch to sew the two panels together, center on the front of the bag and glue down, leaving the top edge unglued so you can use it as a pocket.
Use Versamark to stamp the doves of peace onto cream cardstock. Heat emboss with Aged Gold embossing powder. Color with Distress Markers. Die cut with largest circle die from Standard Circles Large. Die cut Delightful Circles from gold foil cardstock and use foam dots to position over stamped image as a frame. Trim any overhang. Glue in the center of the red panel.
Die cut 4 decorative corner pieces from HCD 738 out of gold foil cardstock. Glue into the 4 corners of the bag, as shown. Thread 6 red buttons with gold thread and secure to bag with a glue gun.
Die cut 3 kraft tags with Luggage and Tag die. Using Frost White Pigment Ink, stamp one with the lantern from Festive Candlelight, stamp one with the sentiment from Festive Candlelight, and stamp one with the ornament from O Little Town. Heat emboss with White Superfine Embossing Powder. Use Versamark to randomly stamp Festive Notes onto the brad heads. Hold the brad legs with reverse tweezers and heat emboss with Aged Gold embossing powder. Use the Luggage and Tags die to cut 3 decorative scallop labels from the paper collection. Sponge the edges with Pine Needles or Aged Mahogany DI. Cut a 4″ piece of gold ribbon, fold in half and place at the back of each stamped tag. Run the brads through the scalloped tag and the ribbon. Insert into the pocket.
Decorate the back of the bag with a matted sentiment and two of the decorative dies cut from gold foil. Glue the decorative pieces at an angle, as shown and top with a gold pearl button. Tie a loopy bow with the gold ribbon and use the glue gun to attach it to the left hand side of the sentiment. Top with a large gold pearl button.