Hello! This week we have a super fun challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show - use anything kraft. Kraft has been one of my favourite surfaces for a long time, I love the neutral shade and the way bright colours pop on a kraft background.
This week, kraft made me think of paper bags and gift packaging, and I made two different gift packages, with pretty dimensional flowers. I made a paper bag using Tim Holtz In the Bag die and a gift box using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Candy Drawer die, both die cut from kraft resist paper. The flowers were made with the brand new Susan's Garden dies, a Poppy and a Rose. The flowers are mounted on magnets and are removable so that the recipient can use them as ornaments.
The In the Bag die looks great die cut from kraft resist paper, I really like the subtle patterns on the bag. I embellished it with a stamped sentiment, from the Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol. 1 set, a wood veneer bird, and more stamping on the back.
The Susan's Garden dies are designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn and you can make wonderful flowers real easy with these dies. I posted a tutorial using quite a few of her flower dies here. Susan has made great videos where she shows how to make the different flowers and how to use her tool kit. It contains everything you need to make the flowers: a Leaf Tool 1mm/2mm, Stylus 5mm/8mm, Loop Tool 3mm/5mm, pair of fine-tip scissors, fine-point reverse tweezers, Molding Pad, Leaf Pad and a Non-Stick Sheet. You can find videos for the basic techniques here and here.
I used Neenah cardstock inked with Distress Inks to make the flowers. Here you can see the pieces needed to make one Poppy. The petals have been shaped, pinched and bent and the leaves have been veined and shaped a bit too. Here is Susan's video for the Poppy, to give you a better idea of the steps involved.
I used Flower Soft glue to assemble my flower and placed it on a small circle die cut from mat board and inked green, to create a base for the magnet. Yellow Flower Soft was sprinkled on the stamen and the dot in the centre is made with a Viva Paper Pen, as Susan suggested in her video.
Here's the other side of the box. Crinkle ribbon was dyed with Antique Linen Distress Stain and tied into a bow.
Glue a magnet to the base circle with hot glue, and glue another one to the gift box, and inside the paper bag.
Thank you for the visit!!
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology kraft resist paper stash; Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White cardstock; mat board
Dies: Sizzix: Poppy Flower, Rose Flower, Candy Drawer, In the Bag, Sized Circles
Stamps: Darkroom Door: Bright Blossoms Vol. 1, Wildflowers Vol. 1, Bold Blossoms
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Black Soot, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Gathered Twigs
Stain: Distress Stain Antique Linen
Paper pen: Viva Decor Dark Carmine
Flower Soft: Mini Spring Mix
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon, Chit Chat stickers; Studio Calico wood veneer Birds
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape; Flower Soft glue; hot glue
Tools: Sizzix: Susan's Garden Tool Kit