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One of my favorite gifts to make are note cards and all-occasion cards. Just about anyone will have an occasion arise where they need to drop a note of thanks, sympathy or hello and these little blank cards can fit the bill. I always tuck the cards into a little gift bag that is very easy to make. This packet includes four cards and envelopes in a coordinating gift bag.
The gift bag is made from a 6-inch by 12-inch sheet of cardstock, cut and scored as follows. It is decorated with coordinating pattern papers cut 1/4-inch smaller than the gift bag dimensions. The paper here is from the Authentique Festive line. I loved working with it; it has a nice weight and the collection coordinates so well!
I always test-fold my gift bag to make sure I get the adhesive on the correct edges. Just fold it all together to see which edges should overlap and then apply adhesive to those edges. I braided three colors of twine from the Twinery for the handle and set two eyelets on either side, inserted the braid and tied a knot in the end.
After adding the decorative border strip, punched with Fiskars Interchangeable Border Punch with the Lacy Doubles, I placed a Festive Merry and Bright sticker in the center, set a tiny eyelet and tied some more The Twinery twine into a cute little bow. The rustic tree is a Globecraft & Piccolo piece that I added lots of dots with the G&P Metallic Silver 3D Enamel Gel. I think it all coordinates quite well.
Cards can be made from all your pretty little scraps of pattern papers and I made these from remnants of the Authentique Festive collection and added the Festive stickers, Piccolo accents and twine. It's just a matter of cut-and-paste and coordinating your colors.
Once your cards are laid out then the fun begins by adding embellishments. These cards are adorned with a mixture of Piccolo Accents from Globecraft & Piccolo, stickers from the Festive line from Authentique, stamped images from Hampton Arts, and twine from The Twinery. I edge all the papers with Tombow marker N57 to cover all the white. It's just a little detail the defines the edges.
The two ornaments on the "Let your Heart" card were punched with the Fiskars Squeeze punch then coated with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to add a bit of dimension and shine. I added a touch of Metallic Silver 3D Enamel Gel to the top - just like a real ornament! I like to coat the book-board Piccolo pieces with Glastique Gloss Finishing Glaze to really pop the natural color and seal it.
Here's a close-up of some of the details.
Here's a close-up of some of the details.
If you enjoyed this little gift idea, you'll absolutely love the other projects you'll see on this Hop! Be sure to tell your friends!
Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov. 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!
Saturday, Nov. 17
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.
Fiskateers - www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap – http:// www.arteypoemas.com
Monika Wright – The Twinery - http://www.
Gretchen McElveen - Hampton Art - http://gretchenmac.blogspot.
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap- http://
Tania Willis – Fiskateers- http://
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45 - http://www.gloriascraps.
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap - http://whatsinalousyananut.
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper - http://paperedcottage.
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs - http://www.moments-of-
Jen Carter – The Twinery - http://jensinkspot.blogspot.
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 - www.lauradenisondesigns.com
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories - http://candyspiegel.
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
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great gift idea - love the papaers you have used - christmassy and elegant.
This is actually MY first Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. I didn't know about the one last year but now have to go back and search through posts for the info so I can see what you guys came up with last year! Love your project today, can't ever have too many gift cards and everyone I know loves little thoughtful presents like this!
Love the cards. Thanks for the inspiration.
What a lovely gift idea - pretty and so handy for the recipient!!!
Thank you for sharing your gift bag tutorial - I always appreciate having the dimensions and handy tips, it makes it so much easier when I try to make a new project :)
Loving your set of cards! Gorgeous!
What a wonderful and beautiful gift!
What a lovely gift bag, thanks for the dimensions.
Beautiful gift bag! And the small details are so cool! I love the peppermint twist design on your card!
Very elegant and beautiful. Thank for you for sharing with us!
Another day of great projects. Love em
Great idea and beautiful cards!!
Gorgeous project! This blog hop is such fun - so many inspiring ideas!
Love your note cards!
Beautiful cards. I love all the little accents you used. :)
Love the cards and all of the accents!!
...simply luvin' this card idea/project.. this would make great gifts! !
Love the choice of papers used on this bag. Thanks for offering the dimensions for the bag. This will make a lovely gift.
I really like the small pop of brown. Nice gift idea.
I love to give sets of cards away but I usually just tie them together with ribbon or twine. So now I can try to make your container for the next set that I give away. Thanks for the dimensions and directions. It will helpful when I do make one.
love the cards!
I love note card sets too. Thanks for the gift bag idea, I definitely will be making this! Happy Holidays :)
What a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing.
I love the bags and cards, what a wonderful gift idea. Thanks for sharing!
cute bags and cards.
Great Project! Thanks for sharing!
fabulous! love the variety of cards :)
Lovely cards and I like the tote bag too!
Your cards are very pretty...I love the colors!
Very pretty project!
The cards are lovely. A gift of cards is always useful!
Love Piccolo Decor...but have not seen the poinsettia! Gonna have to get me some!
Boy, looking at your projects makes me realize that I have been out of crafting for too long! You have so many products used here that I was unaware of. I can't wait to spend more time in my craft room!
I like the gift cards. I'm really enjoy the hop. So much inspiration...
I really love your cards! This is such a wonderful blog hop and I'm glad I found your awesome blog along the way:)
Wonderful gift cards and the cards are lovely too. thanks for sharing.
I love your all occasion cards and gift bag for them. Cards are my favorites to make, and with your tutorial will be even easier. I can't wait to follow your blog and "Like" on FB. Have fun "hopping"!
Love your tutorials!
This project is just gorgeous! And I'm learning about a lot of new Brands today. I'd not heard of Globecraft&Piccolo prior to this hop and I'm already planning to place an order - this is awesome!
What a great project. Thanks for sharing!!!
These are so elegant and gorgeous!! What amazing cards!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)
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The prize pack is to die for! And the cards are really great!
what a fantastic project!! thanks so much for the detailed instructions!!!!
Wow this is really pretty..I love all the details.
Your cards are beautiful!!
Love the gift bag idea! I've never thought to do that before!! Cute cards too!
Some of my best work has been done with scraps. It is very freeing to use bits and pieces, somehow it seems to work even faster.
I loved seeing the card with the quote from 'Twas the Night before Christmas. Amazing and so really speaking to me for the holidays.
Love the ideas.
Wonderful coordinating items using one of my all time favourite paper collections. Thanks for the inspiration!
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing so many new ideas!
wonderful ideas, thank you for the tutorial on the box. beautiful papers combined with wonderful embellishments, thank you for sharing them.
Very nice card gift sets! They really will make a very nice gift.
Great idea for the bag and cards. What a lovely gift!
I enjoyed my visit and your great projects. I especially liked the candystriped card!
great cards... very good.
love how you decorated the tree.
Gorgeous cards !
Fantastic cards! Thanks for the dimensions and directions for the gift bag!
These are all gorgeous.Been following you on FB and now I'm following your blog.(I've had it bookmarked for quite some time and check in several times a week.)I fell in love with your products during the Halloween season-you guys rocked it.
What a fabulous project!!!
This is a fantastic project! Great cards & bag.
Gorgeous gift bag and cards - wow!
This is such a cute idea! I might just have to make one of these for my daughter. We are military, and stationed far away from family. So, she loves to write letters and cards to send to our loved ones out of state. Thanks for the great idea!
such a cute bag! love the idea!! thanks for the chance to win as well as all of the inspiration!
I've seen it and I will find a time to make one :) TFS your creativity Linda :)
LOVE your work!!!!
Wonderful card set! TFS!
wow those are some impressive, really gorgeous cards! the hop has been great so far, thanks for the inspiration!
Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!
These are so inspiring :)
Beautiful cards and a great tutorial, thanks for sharing the directions for the gift bag as well.
Everything has been so beautiful!!
What a lovely gift idea!
What a great gift idea .
Love this idea! These cards are gorgeous and what a great way to use up scraps - we all have them! Thanks for the inspiration!
Sweet little gift set! Great details and love how they are all different!
love this project!
Fantastic cards and thanks for the tutorial!!
I love making card sets with boxes or bags to hold them. May need to CASE these. They are lovely.
very nice cards
Nice gift to give. Hallmark cannot compare to anything like this.
This is certainly a gift anyone would love to have! I especially love the box and that each card is unique! Thanks for the great instructions!
always nice to know how to make a gift bag thanks, loved the cards so elegant looking
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Each piece is so pretty! My fave is the reindeer on the patterned paper. I assume you stamped it. I love the combination!
very lovely project, sweet & elegant
Boy, thank you all for the overwhelming response to the blog hop! It's so much fun to read all your comments - wish there was a 'like' button at the end of each one I could click! Thank you for taking the time to visit and become a follower and for sharing us on Facebook. It's been an inspiring Hop and hope it has inspired you to get creative and start your holiday crafting!
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