Friday, September 11, 2009

Wrap it: handmade gift bags

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Wrap it: handmade gift bags

Simple clay tags and rustic embossed stamps give gift bags some organic style.

Delight modeling paper clay
Wax paper
Rolling pin
Food grade silicone spray
Nature rubberstamps – leaf designs
Craft scissors
Bamboo skewer
Pearlizing medium – by Plaid
Craft paint
Small paintbrushes
Distressed embossing powder—by Ranger Ink
Heat gun
Kraft paper gift bag
Twine or waxed cotton string
Hot glue


1. Place the paper clay in between 2 layers of wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll the compound to ¼ inch thickness.

2. Remove top layer of wax paper, and spray the stamp with food grade silicone spray to prevent sticking. Stamp nature images into the compound.

3. Using a pair of craft scissors to carefully cut around the stamped images. Punch a hole in the wet paper clay with a bamboo skewer. Allow to air dry for 2 days.

4. Add the pearlizing medium to the craft paint and mix well. Paint the mixed paint and medium onto the leaf shape. Add highlights by using gold craft paint mixed with pearlizing medium. Allow the paint to dry.

5. Rubber stamp the gift bag using the same stamps. Use different colors of ink and emboss some of the stamps with embossing powder and a heat gun. Work over a manila file folder to catch stray powder and funnel it back into the canister.

6. Thread the leaf on a piece of twine and tie to the bag.

7. Hot glue more leaves onto note cards.


  1. Hi Cathie,

    I watched the show today and enjoyed all the ideas...especially the guilded fruit and chocolates!!! Great ideas for gift giving.


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