Thursday 21 August 2008

Gift Bag Card


Lets take sizes... I used

2 x 9cm x 16cm white card stock

2 x 8.5cm x 15.5 cm light green card stock

2 x 8cm x 7.5cm backing paper from Victorian Romance cd ( Joanna Sheen)

Topper image cut into a circle with Nestabilities from Victorian Romance cd ( Joanna Sheen)

Scalloped Circle light green card stock

Punch out slots on both cards at the top, the best way to do this is to punch out the 1st then line this up with the next piece turn the punch upside down and align the Punch so the hole will be punched in exactly the same place keeping the 2 pieces of card together and re-punching.

Stick the next size card (mine was light green) down on top of the white card covering the slot holes, these will be re-punched.

I punched out the holes again by aligning the punch up with the first slot holes, then add the background paper the ribbon and the front embellishment.

Put the card pieces to one side until you need them.

Now to making the bag - you will need a piece of A4 paper

Along the long side of the A4 paper score at 2", 5". 7" & 10" there will be a small piece left over at the end.
Turn the paper 45% and make a score line at 2" down the length of the paper.
Fold all of the score lines before moving on to the next instructions.

At the extra edge that was left over from the first set of score lines add double sided tape, this edge will stick down on the inside of the bag as shown in the 2nd image.

At the side of the paper where the 2" scoreline is you with fold this to form the base the best way to describe how this is done is imagine you are wrapping a parcel creasing in the short sides of the bag first so that you are left with triangle points on the wider sides.
stick these triangles down with strong double sided tape.

From the open end of the bag crease both of the sides inwards as you get near to the bottom you will need to turn up the base of the bag as shown in the second image

You can see the bottom of the bag shaped so that there is a V shape in the bottom of the bag this allows the bag to open when everything is stuck in place.
The second picture is showing the bag stuck down with strong double sided tape to the back card.

Add tape to the last side and align up the card front before completely removing the tapes.

Side view of finished bag.

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Wednesday 20 August 2008

Using Plastic Stencils in the Cuttlebug

Hi all, Ive been really enjoying experimenting with my cuttlebug and I'm so pleased i bought one. Ive been able to drag out supplies i haven't used in a long while and use them now in an even easier way than before. So drag out all your plastic stencils and today I'll show you what i taught to all my Monday card ladies....enjoy
Open up your cuttlebug and put in your A plate then B plate on top and then your plastic stencil.

Next lay your card over the top of your stencil.

Now lay your silicone baking mat over the top of your card.

As a shim i use 4 layers of you can see these are the backings off the emboss folders you get....this way you will all know exactly how thick it should be.

lastly lay your second B plate over the top to complete the sandwich and roll through. Remember to never force anything through your machine...if your silicone baking mat is thicker than mine just leave out one of the card shims....and the results.....

What i found most annoying was that hole they use to hang the stencils in the shop.....but I just cut around mine and colored it with's a close up

Turned out like a fancy Lilly pad for my cute little frog. Well i hope this has inspired you to use some of your old supplies....see we didn't waste money buying all those stencils !! :)...Valita

A note from Julie
Wonderful Tutorial Valita and as I'm a proud owner of a cuttlebug myself I will definitely be giving this a go !!
Everybody go and check out Valita's fantastic Blog HERE it is full with inspiration!!!