Making pretty packages is not only fun and rewarding but is also an easy way to dress up kraft bags to personlize the art of gift giving. I like to treat the front of my gift bags the same as if it were a large card by adding pretty paper, gorgeous die cuts and of course ribbon and embellishments. They can be fancy-schmancy, shabby-chic or sleek and simple. The sky's the limit when it comes to our imaginations and decorating with our stash of craft supplies!
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To make the lacy ruffle frill on my gift bag I positioned an Edge die template from Edgeabilities® Classic Edges Two and a Decorative Insert die template from Classic Decorative Inserts on white cardstock and cut/embossed four strips.
I cut the frame from white cardstock using the frame die template from Antique Frame and Accents
Before cutting a shape from an intricate die template, lay a section of wax paper between the cutting side of the die template and the cardstock. The wax paper allows for easier removal of the paper from the template.
After I trimmed a section of patterned paper to fit the front of the kraft gift bag I hand-stitched a border along the edge using decorative floss. I adhered the panel to the kraft bag and then I adhered the cut Edgeabilities sections.
I stamped and colored the image and adhered it to the front of my bag before positioning my Antique Frame die cut shape.
All that was left to do was add a strip of ribbon and tie a decorative bow...
These little gift bags are so much fun to make and really quite addictive :) Thank goodness I have a few special occasions coming up to make more - Ideas are forming for Mother's Day, Father's Day and July 4th! Oh boy...
Have a wonderful week
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