Thursday, April 9, 2020

Decorative Stenciled Gift Bag, Box and Bow

Oh hey my creative friends! Welcome to another adventure in art making. I'm Debi Adams and as some of you know, I come from a stamping/crafty/scrapbooking background.  Over the course of the past few years I have jumped into the mixed media field and love it! Nothing like a lot of layering goodness to make one a feel a part of the art.  As much as that is my go-to these days, I thought it might be a nice change of pace here on the blog to revisit the crafty approach by using stencils in their simplest forms.  What better way to show that look than with some fun gift wrap ideas.

For my first project, I have a gift tote that I made pretty much made from a card sealed up on the sides with a handle, but you can purchase a pre-made box or bag as well.  I stenciled the bag portion using Michelle Ward's X Rows stencil with black ink on white cardstock.

To create all the embellishments, I stenciled up a sheet of cardstock using Wendy Brightbill's Peony Blooms and Tim Holtz/Ranger's Oxide Inks. Oxide Inks are so creamy and blend really well together. They were perfect for making the rose a peachy-pink and the leaves a funky green.  For this particular project I used Picked Raspberry, Crushed Olive, Fossilized Amber and Carved Pumpkin.  And my new favorite applicator is a cosmetic brush, the kind with a zillion little bristles in it. (See it in the right hand corner).  Oh my.  (Try it. You will like it! Available on a lot of craft company sites and Amazon.) It makes the application so easy! Don't forget to dry the design with a heat tool at the end because Oxide inks like to stay wet.

Next, I die-cut the bow out from the stenciled paper. You can use a die-cut, as I did here. (Picture below to show what the die-cut pieces look like.)  I love Designer Brenda Walton's bow and Spellbinder's Bow-tique and used those. However, if you are not a die-cutter, there are a ton of similar patterns available online for free.  There are pre-cut bows and boxes available for purchase online as well, that you can apply the stencils onto directly. I fussy-cut some of the leaf images and used them under the bow on the box.

I also decorated a party favor box but applied the stencils directly onto the box rather than from a printed sheet of cardstock. It made it easy for placement purposes.

And don't forget to embellish the tissue paper...I used Wendy Brightbill's Floral Frolics for the background.

For something new, try embellishing the Peony Bloom with Oxide inks onto white cardstock,  then go back over it with glue and apply Fun Flock for dimension. I absolutely love the look of velvet.

Truly the possibilities are endless.  Here is a different color palette used on some different boxes.

Aren't we lucky to have so many great designs available through StencilGirl® that can stand on their own and be applied to a variety of items? Would love to see what you create.

Thanks for hanging with me today. Hope I challenged you to try something different.


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  1. Delightfully elegant projects!

  2. Gorgeous Debbie. Absolutely love what you've done. You're so talented.


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