Sometimes I don’t feel very creative but do want to do some crafting. Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends! is a good way to do that. Usually I just stamp a few backgrounds and start coloring, hoping these backgrounds end up on a card someday. This time I wanted to do something different.
Stamping your own DSP
I wanted to stamp my own DSP and make a giftbag out of that. I decided to make a giftbag out of two A4 sheets of Whisper White (not the Thick Whisper White). I cut both pieces on the short side at 7 7/8” and left the long side to the full length. I chose the “Crafting Forever” stamp set to stamp my own DSP. I stamped all the craft images with Basic Gray ink.
I sat down and used my Stampin’ Blends to color the images. I did some blending, but for the most time, I just colored the images. It took me some time, but I really enjoyed it.
Both pieces of DSP are scored the same, expect for one scoreline on the back piece. On the short side, I scored at 2 1/2” and 7 1/2”. On the long side, I scored at 2 1/2” and 10 1/2”. On one of the pieces I also scored (on the wrong side), at 3 3/4”. On the other piece I also scored at 3 3/4”, but only up to the 2 1/2” score line on the short side. Then I scored at the short side at 1 1/4”, but only up to the 3 3/4” score line on the long side. Using a ruler and a scoretool, I scored two diagonal (45 degree) score lines from the end of the score line at 1 1/4” to the corners (see the templates).
I folded all the score lines and cut up the bottom flaps and the inside flaps at the top as indicated on the templates.
Before assembling the gift bag, I nodged out 4 small holes for the handles. First I folded the the top flaps inward and then punched out a small piece with a 1/2” circle punch on both pieces on both sides (see templates). For this bag, I chose the Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana reversible ribbon from the Spring Summer Catalogue 2019. You can attach the Ribbon invisibly through the small holes you punched out.
Assembling the Bag
To put the bag together, I first adhered the side flaps to the front and the back of the bag. Secondly, I adhered the top flaps inwards. To make up the bottom, I folded the back flap down and adhered the two side flaps to the back flap. Now all you have to do, is adhere the front flap to it, and the gift bag is finished. And because of the extra score lines it also fonds flat.
To decorate the bag, you can stamp a tag and tie it to the ribbon with some twine.
I really enjoyed making this bags and think it is a very creative way to make a matching giftbag for your handmade gift.