Saturday 26 July 2014

A gift bag with a Tutorial !

Hi everyone!
This is Hussena here with my inspiration post for our current challenge 'Go 3D' hosted by our very talented DT member Shilpa. As you  all have seen my fellow DT members have shared some really awesome inspiration for this challenge and now its my turn.
I have a very simple and an easy to make gift bag to share today and here's how it looks like :

 The side and the back view of the bag!

 And, one more :D
 I have made six of these tags to gift along with the bag. I have kept the tags really simple and the sentiments quite general so that they can be used for any occasion. I also plan to include some chocolates along with these tags!

Tutorial for the bag

 Here is a simple template on how to make the bag :
1. Take a 8 X 11 inches piece of cardstock.
2. On the long side (11 inch), score at 4.5 inches and 6.5 inches.
3. On the short side (8 inch), score at 2 inches and 6 inches.
4. Following the below template, cut on the dotted lines of your scores and fold all your scored lines to create the base of the bag.
5. For the handle of the bag, I have taken a piece of cardsotck measuring 11 inches x 1 1/2 inches.

Tutorial to create the panels on the bag :

For this, you will have to use Watercolor paper ONLY,  as I am showing you a emboss resist technique and also how to build your background color using Distress inks. Watercolor paper will be able to absorb these inks much better than any normal cardstock.For this, you will need four panels one in front one in the back and the two sides .For the front and back panels your cardstock will measure approximately 4.1/2 inches into 3.75 inches and the sides will measure 4.1/2  inches into 1.75 inches

Now onto the tutorial.
1. Stamp and clear emboss any design of your choice on your watercolor cardstock using Versamark ink and  Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing powder.

2. Starting with your lightest ink start blending the colors on your panels .I have started with Antique Linen distress ink first, second layer will be Tattered Rose,third layer of ink will be Victorian Velvet,then Fired brick and lastly I used Vintage Photo distress ink to color only the sides of the panels. As you keep adding layers of ink, your embossed design will resist the colors creating a beautiful background.I have shown each of the steps below Please click on the individual pictures to get a clearer idea.

3. After all your panels are similarly created, you can adhere them onto the bag and add your embellishments.

Supplies used from :

I hope all of you liked my tutorial and gift bag idea. Please do let me know your views regarding it through your comments I always look forward to your feed back. :)
And do remember to join in our very fun challenge- Go 3D to win some exciting prizes ..You have 4 more days to go! :)  


  1. Such a gorgeous gift bag Hussena! love the tags too :)

  2. Lovely gift bag Hussena! !!! You have created beautiful panels for bag. Firstly I thought that its a pattern paper! !! Loved the floral cluster tooo!!!! Tfs tutorial! !!

  3. Beautiful gift bag...liked d embossed n distressed BG....n floral spray is superb...TFS d tutorial

  4. Beautiful Gift bag Hussena:) love the flower :)

  5. Magnificent gift bag , Hussena!! TFS the tutorial with distress inks.

  6. Lovely...wouldn't mind receiving chocolates too along with this!

  7. Its a Beautiful bag..I guessed it to be stenciled,Its Embossing with Awesome inking !!

  8. What a remarkable project.Gorgeous is an understatement.I am going to CASE you soon.Love the colours you chose and the details.Thanks for sharing a fabulous project yet again.


Thank you for your comments and feedback.