Handmade Gift Card Bags

Suzanne shows us a great idea for making your own gift card holder with kraft gift bags, paint and a few little accessories.  You can make them to have on hand when a little gift is in order.  Suzanne walks us through the steps to make this amazing background on the kraft bag, which a terrific technique for any of your mixed media project.          OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

With teenagers and young adults in the house, gift cards are the perfect gift to have on hand. Creating some pretty gift bags to hold the cards, some tissue paper and even a little note is a big time-saver. I love my glimmer mist and any time I can use them in a new and fun way I am always up for playing around and seeing what happens. This time I decided to color up my embossing powders using glimmer mist to create a beautiful background on my gift bags.

Materials Used
White Gesso
Darkroom Door – Background Stamp – Floral Garden
Sizzix – Alphabet Dies
Memory Box – Butterfly Die
Versamark Watermark Ink
Stampendous – White detail Embossing Powder
Stampendous – Pink Color Fragments
Ranger Archival Ink – Potting Soil
Recollections – Paper Flowers
Memory Box – Holly Jolly Bough Die
Memory Box – Floral Die
Favorite Stamps
Tools Used
Die Cutting Machine
Heat Gun
Paint Brush
Tape Runner
Step 1 – Pull out a water resistant surface that you can mix up your new embossing powder colors on. I did this on both a vellum and on acetate. Either will work although the acetate can be cleaned up afterwards and re-used.
Step 2 – Pour onto the acetate a pile of white embossing powder. I used detailed to make sure it would absorb the powder.
 Step 3 –  Pour next to the powder the glimmer mist. The amount of glimmer mist you add will determine the darkness of your embossing powder. You can always add more so start with a small amount.
 Step 4 – Now comes the fun part mixing them together. I found the best way to do this was to use a flat surface of my embossing paste spatula and fold the powder over the liquid and push the flat side onto the mist. The powder is going to resist the liquid. Keep churning in the powder and smearing it into the mist.I kept smearing the flat surface across the powder and you will see it starts to blend together.This is after I had kept smearing the flat surface across the powder and pushing it into the mist. Keep repeating until you get a consistent color and no mist is left.
Step 5 – Now the most important part is to let this dry. It will look dry but the powder needs to dry out. You can’t use your heat gun to speed this up or you will end up with a big glob of embossing powder. These were my first two batches and you can see they were quite clumpy when wet.
Step 6  – After you let the powder set over night you will move onto the next step of using the powder. I stamped the pretty floral background using Versamark on two paper bags.
Step 7 – Then you sprinkle your embossing powder over the surface of the stamped image. I always do this on a scrap piece of paper so I can pour off the excess powder and then put it back into the container
Step 8 – Here are both of the bags before and after I heated the embossing powder. The pink powder was not dry and you can see it because it didn’t take as much powder as cleanly on the bag. I still liked the effect but it was a good reminder to give it the dry time before using it.  You can transform the embossing powder into any color you desire with the same steps, here is the blue version and then I created a pink one.
 Step 9 – The remaining steps were to die cut the various butterflies, leaves and letters. After that they were sprayed with the Glimmer Mists. I then just assembled a mix of embellishments with the Tissuestock as my background pallet.
You can add pieces of ephemera, little sentiment cards, metal embellishments, buttons, ribbon, lace and more.

Now your little bags are ready to hold the gift card of your choice, folded up money, a sweet little message, a photo or a tiny gift that is just perfect for this size bag.

Visit Suzz Stamping Spot for more creative projects that are sure to inspire.

Happy Creating!!!



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'Handmade Gift Card Bags' have 4 comments

  1. February 19, 2016 @ 12:09 pm Marie

    WOW! I never even thought to color embossing powder with Glimmer Mist. This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  2. February 20, 2016 @ 3:11 pm Sanna

    what a fabulous idea!!! good thing I have lots and lots of white embossing powder at home :)! I will need to test this out!!! TFS!


  3. February 20, 2016 @ 6:44 pm Barb Housner

    wow – great idea to color your embossing powder and then being patient to let it dry – that would b the hard part. I really like your gift bags. Very fun


  4. February 22, 2016 @ 9:11 am Ava Gavloski

    great technique


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