Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #4

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Gift Bag Set {with stamped panel and matching tag}

These gift bag sets are fun and easy to make. I made mine with a vintage look but you could certainly go for brighter colors and skip the sponging if you like. ∗Please note: the stamps I used are just an example. Any stamp sets can be used.

You will need: gift bag, card stock {for the tag, stamped panel and layering}, tag punch/die or cutting tool of choice, hole punch, copy paper {for masking}, stamps, ink, sponge, powder tool, embossing powder, heat tool, adhesive, ribbon/twine, embellishments.

#1} Cut the card stock for stamping to the desired size ~ this will depend on the size of the bag. Cut the layering card stock 1/8″ bigger all the way around.

#2} Cut a tag shape with a punch/die or hand cut. Cut the layering card stock tag shape 1/8″ bigger all the way around.

#3} Measure the focal stamp you are using and cut a piece of card stock or copy paper to use as a mask. Hold this piece firmly in the center of the stamping card stock and sponge the edges.  Sponge the tag edges as well.


#4} Stamp the focal image in the masked area and also on the tag.



#5} If you are going to do any heat embossing, rub the powder tool over the areas to be heat embossed {I heat embossed the trees using sparkle embossing powder}. Stamp, sprinkle on the embossing powder and set with the heat tool.

#6} Attach the panel and tag to the layering card stock pieces with adhesive. If desired, stamp “to/from” on the back side of the tag. Punch hole at the top of the tag.

#7} Adhere the layered panel to the front of the gift bag, thread ribbon or twine through the hole of the tag and fasten to the bag. I used a clothespin for this but it could also just be tied onto the bag handles. Add any embellishments. I added some “berries” with Stickles to the pine boughs at the top of the panel and tag.

#8} Add the gift, tuck in some coordinating tissue paper and tie the bag handles shut with a length of ribbon. There you go! A pretty gift for a lucky person to receive 🙂





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See you next Monday for the final Christmas in July project!


The Country Touch




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