Sunday, March 9, 2014
"Emergency Use Only" Gift Bag Topper
I had an event this past weekend and made these survival bags to pass around. I wanted to make sure everyone would be okay. : )
I'd like to think I work smarter than harder -- even if the results don't show that. So let me show you how...
The bags I used are from Joann's. They are the Wilton bags, but you could use any bag. I determined what size would look good for the bag size. In this case, finished 4.25" x 2" which means for each topper I needed a 4.25" x 4" piece of paper. Since I have 12" x 12" paper, I calculated that I could fit 6 toppers on one sheet of 12" x 8.5" paper. I cut my 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock to those dimensions.
Next, I "randomly" stamped my whole paper. "Random" is in quotes because as I stamped, I created triangles with the image. And I started with the largest stamp image. Once my Cotton Candy large circles (Oodles of Doodles) were stamped over the paper, I repeated the process with the medium circle with Pear ink. If you can't tell, my colors were inspired by the Lollydoddle paper. Finally, I completed the random stamping with a small circle (from Hooray Bouquet) in Twilight ink.
I'm going to inject here to say that I HAD to buy and use Oodles of Doodles stamp set just because of the name!! I'm super excited that I like the set! : )
I scanned these smaller pieces and filled in some gaps with the colored circle stamps. When I cut the paper, some of the white space turned out to be too large for the smaller paper.
The next layer was the Whisper paper. This measures 1.5" x 3.75". Again, I calculated how many I could get from a 12" paper. I cut strips of 3.75" width from 12" cardstock. I'd get 8 finished pieces from one 1.5" x 3.75" strip. I placed the strip in my Dot Embossing Folder (z1924) and ran it through my embossing machine once. The folder is only 7" long, so I took it out and moved it up in the folder (there is a slit at the fold - how awesome is that!!), I lined up the circles, and ran the strip through once more. So two passes for 8 pieces -- not shabby. Before I cut the paper to proper size, I sanded it with our Sanding Kit (z1294).
Next layer is the banner. I took Oodles of Doodles banner for that. When I stamped with the scribble, it was too much scribbling for my taste. But I liked the look the banner provided. I enlarged the banner to 1.25" and cut those out of Twilight cardstock. The image can be found on Artiste Cricut Cartridge on the Accent 3 Shift key (<Ac3><Shft> Column 8 Row 3). Got the banners cutting and got ready for the next step -- the words.
A Typeset (A1117) was the font I went with. To assure my words fit, I took a cut banner and laid the letters on the banner as they'd appear after stamping. When I came to a letter that repeated, I moved the letter after the following letter was placed down. In essence there was a hole left. Once I was satisfied with the placement of the
letters, I took my block and attached my saying to the block! It was then easy to stamp the saying on all of my banners in Twilight ink. When that was done, I went back and filled in the missing "e" and "y". The beauty of clear stamps and blocks!!
Finally, I sponged the banner and mounted it with foam tape. I glued everything together and I finished my topper! How's that for working smarter, not harder. : )