If you have a small gift to give, presentation can make it much more special. This cute little bag is from the "Artiste" Cricut cartridge. It appears on page 79 of the handbook.
When cut at "fit to page" with 12 x 12 cardstock, the bag will cut at 5 1/4 inches. This is the perfect size for a piece of jewelry or a gift card and it can also be used to hold some candy as a table favor.
One of the nice things about this cartridge is the extra instruction booklet that is included to give directions on how to assemble the many three dimensional items. There are four variations of this bag - all have the same base but the top part that folds over is different on each bag.
After cutting and assembling the bag, I realized that the white edges of the cardstock and the "tick marks" that indicate the fold lines were detracting from the look of the bag. I inked the edges with some brown ink to create a more finished look.
I find it a little tricky to line up the stamps on the cut shapes. The stamps are clear and you can look through at the shape but it still can take a few attempts to get an even stamp. I always cut extras of the shapes I need to allow for stamping errors. I decided that the white cardstock looked a little too stark against the striped cardstock so I practiced inking on of my "reject" stamping attempts. You can see the difference it makes in the photo above.
Once I decided to go ahead and ink my "good" label, I used a blending tool with a sponge to get a more even shading of pink on the white label. The "pinkened" label coordinates nicely to create a more balanced look. This cardstock was from an older DCWV stack called "Garden Party" and I used Tim Holtz "Spun Sugar" distress ink to make the tag match the colors more closely.
The finishing touches were some flat back pink pearls and a piece of ribbon from my stash (probably from a dollar bin) that happened to coordinate nicely with the colors. Using a ribbon to tie the handle allows you to open and close the bag - you could use adhesive to hold it shut but the ribbon definitely adds a cute factor!
(You can find the cartridges and stamp sets mentioned by clicking their names in red above.)
I hope you had a nice weekend - did you see the "Super Moon" in your area? It was very bright and clear here.
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