Monday, 7 June 2021

Matching Hand-Penned Gift Bag and Thank You Card

 Hi Everyone,

Today I am taking part in Kylie Bertucci's International Gallery and have made a lovely matching gift bag and thank you card using the gorgeous Hand Penned bundle and the In Colours.  I'd be really grateful if you could pop over to the Gallery and vote for my entry, if I get into the top ten, I get to take part in a Blog Hop with Kylie and the other winners at the end of the month.


1 piece of soft succulent card stock 6" x 11 3/4",  1 piece 5 7/8" x 8 1/4"
1 piece of hand penned designer series paper 3 3/4" x 11", 1 piece 3 7/8" x 5 5/8"
Scraps of basic white for stamping and die cuts
1 piece of basic white 3 7/8" x 5 5/8" for the inside of the card
Scalloped Contours dies
Stampin Cut and Emboss machine
Paper snips
Multipurpose adhesive
Pale papaya ink
Polished pink ink
Soft succulent ink
Memento black ink
Hand Penned Petals stamp set
Scraps of soft succulent ribbon for two bows
2021-2023 In Colour jewels
Simply scored
Bone folder
Tear and Tape
Mini glue dots


Gift Bag

On the long side, score the card stock at 1 3/4", 5 1/2", 7 1/4" and 11". Then make a mark at 7/8" and 6 3/8". Turn on the short side and score at 1 3/4".

In the panels where you have made a notch, join the notch to the two bottom corners of that panel with a diagonal score line to make a triangle within the panel.

Cut up the vertical score lines to the horizontal one and remove the skinny rectangle at the end and notch the bottom of the tab above it, this is the tab to join the bag together. Fold and burnish all the score lines, including the diagonal ones.

Turn the card over and add tear and tape to the edge of the end panel which has the diagonal score lines and then fold this over to meet the tab and secure bag together at the sides.  Turn the bag upside down and bring in the two side tabs, fold the back tab in and then add tear and tape to the underside of the front tab and secure the bottom of the bag.

Stand it the right way up and pinch the sides together and the bag inner is complete.

Lay the dsp against the front of the bag with a 1" overlap which will fold under the bottom of the bag, pinch this fold together gently (don't burnish with the bone folder, do it with your fingers so as not to rip the dsp). Lay the dsp against the bag again with the fold underneath and now fold over the top of the bag and pinch again and fold.  Then pinch and fold at the other side at the bottom so that the pieces join to make the sleeve.  Add a strip of tear and tape to one of the bottom pieces and join together, make sure that the sleeve slides on and off the box easily.

Die cut the smallest rectangle in the white and stamp the sentiment in the centre. Stamp a flower on a scrap of white and then add the colour to the flowers and leaves, then fussy cut the image (I've cut out part of the larger image that I have used for the card). Add the sentiment to the right bottom of the bag with dimensionals and then add the floral image to the top left of it, securing to the bag with dimensionals. Add some jewels for added bling. Tie a ribbon and add to the top right of the bag with a mini glue dot.


On the long side, score the card stock at 4 1/8" and fold and burnish to make a landscape card.

Add the dsp layer to the card front leaving a border all around.

Stamp the largest floral image on a piece of basic white and then using the coloured inks, fill in the flowers and leaves, if you want paler colours, stamp off once and then stamp. The filler stamps do not fit the outline exactly, it's meant to be a colour wash image.  Die cut the stamped image with the second largest die making sure the image is at the bottom left.  Stamp the sentiment at the top right and then add to the card front with dimensionals.  Add some bling and a small bow to finish off.

Stamp a floral image on the remaining piece of white card and adhere to the inside of the card, I have left this as an outline but you could fill it in to match the front if you want to.

There you are a lovely matching set to give to someone as a thank you or as a treat, just change the sentiment.

I hope that you like my project and that you will pop over to Kylie's page and vote for me, I would really appreciate it.

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Happy crafting,

Karen X

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  1. Lovely gift bag and matching card project Karen! Thanks for being part of my International Highlights this month! All the best with the voting.

  2. So so pretty! I love the bow at the top. One single flower is perfect. Fantastic coordination🙂

  3. I love the soft colours in your card, Karen! Beautiful! ~ Kim Kroeker

  4. Wow love the softness you've created using the beautiful dsp Karen. Having a matching gift bag and card is a great idea the added touch of a small bow on the bag is just so pretty. Good luck with the voting Karen I think it's a winner x Natalie

  5. A fabulous bag and card set xx

  6. Love the soft and subtleness of your set! :)

  7. What Natalie said! I love that it's so soft and humble!
    Good luck with the voting and greetings from Germany!
    Simone (derdiedasKleine bastelt)

  8. A wonderful set, I love your colour combination - thanks for sharing
    Liane (Jungle Cards)