Your local card shop may carry their share of interesting - and even embellished - gift bags, but you may find that the price of the bag is comparable to the price you paid for the gift you want to put in it. Create your own custom gift bag and avoid the high price of store- bought bags and the hassle of wrapping. Especially when delivering a hostess gift or a quick thank-you, you want to make sure the gift is easy to open.
You can purchase a variety of plain bags with handles and have them at the ready. Bags come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes, so keep an assortment around for special occasions! You can also recycle small handled bags you acquire while shopping. Design your bag to cover the store's name or logo and you've found a beautiful way to recycle.
Measure your bag and then size your image to be at least one inch smaller than the bag on each side. This will create an instant frame for your image and allow you plenty of room to work and even add embellishments. Print the image onto a piece of paper, or choose an adhesive paper for easy application.
Trim your printed image out and center it on the bag carefully before affixing it. If you aren't using an adhesive backed paper, use paper craft glue for best results. These glues are designed to eliminate wrinkles from moisture that can occur when using regular school glue.
You may choose to add embellishments such as buttons or ribbon by affixing them with craft glue or hot glue.
To create this unique "stained glass" style gift tag, print a vintage image onto a piece of inkjet vellum. Cut a "window" into two pieces of heavy crafting paper and then sandwich the vellum in between, holding it all together with paper or craft glue. This simple technique can used to create tags or cards of any size, and from many different paper choices.
Trim to the desired shape and embellish as you wish. The card at right features tiny buttons in place of holly berries. You may choose to add beads, glitter, or embossing powder. Don't forget a pretty piece of ribbon for the perfect finishing touch!