Monday, June 17, 2013

Krafty Flower Gift Packaging

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. 

Krafty Gift Packaging - Layers of ink
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.

This is the back of the bag, with a stamped Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms flower and sentiment.

The box was made with one of my favourite dies, Eileen Hull's Candy Drawer. This is a very versatile die, previously, I have used itto make a shadow box, a chest of drawers, a memory game, and another gift box. To make this box, mat board was covered with kraft resist paper, making sure to get butterflies on the drawer part. The die both cuts and scores the material, so assembly is very easy. The edges were inked with Gathered Twigs.

The drawer is embellished with a big red rose. You can make the rose as dense as you would like to, and I added quite a few petals to mine. They were all inked with Barn Door and a little bit of Fired Brick. You can see Susan's video for the Rose die here. The rose was assembled on an inked circle die cut with Tim's Sized Circles die.

The sides of the box were stamped with Darkroom Door stamps, and I used some Chit Chat stickers too. I reach for them often lately.

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.
Join us this week and show us your kraft creations and you can be the lucky one to win a $50 gift voucher from our sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for the visit!!

Happy Crafting!

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


  1. Anna-Karin...your gift bag and box are gorgeous. Love the kraft resist paper as your base. Those Susan's Garden flowers are absolutely lovely. They look so real! :) I always love your work. It's so beautifully done; gorgeous use of color and your style is just amazing! <3 Candy

  2. I cannot get over how real this flowers look! I can just smell them! EXCEPTIONAL! Love the bag and box as well! Gorgeous work!

  3. Wow these are wonderful. I love your flowers.

  4. I love the packaging, and the flowers are amazing Anna-Karin. they look so realistic.

    Sue x

  5. Gorgeous gift set! I would just enjoy the packaging and not even need the gift. :) Stunning flowers and perfect with a kraft backdrop to make them even more wow!

  6. Wonderful gift set ! Lovely blooms and the red colors stands out so beautifully on kraft !

  7. Oh WOW- I love the kraft and poppy colors together- so dramatic! Beautiful projects and the flowers look unbelievably real... great tutorial as always too... Thanks for liking the Candy Drawer die :-)

  8. Gorgeous bag & box, Anna-Karin! I love the idea of putting a magnet on the flower! Brilliant!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. I just got those dies today - I think I have most of them now. They are simply amazing and you really, really made them sing! Kudos! Can't wait to play with mine!

  10. Your flowers are fabulous! I love the color contrast with the Kraft.

  11. Stunning flowers!! Thanks for the inspiration, love the bag and box too.

  12. Completely stunning krafty gift packaging - one of my favourite surfaces too, so I absolutely love these. Those poppies are amazing!
    Alison x

  13. Once again Anna-Karin you have made an unbelievable project!! Your flowers are amazing and the kraft gift bag and box are really the perfect foil for these die-cut flowers. Yes ... we can all use a die-cut machine, but not everyone (personal experience here) can put the pieces together as artfully and wonderfully as you do. Love this!

    -- Mary Elizabeth

  14. Flower is stunning! And all details are really amazing! Love your work!!!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

  15. Absolutely stunning Anna-Karin, the flowers are truly amazing and the colour really does pop against the Kraft . Love the stamping too . Lovely gift idea and Imlove,how,you added a magnet to the flower, clever. Tracy x

  16. Gorgeous projects Anna-Karin, your flowers are amazing Cathy x

  17. WOW o WOW, Anna-Karin! These flowers are incredible! The look so real! And the Kraft paper bag and box are gorgeous too! Hugs, Sandra

  18. Your poppy flower is gorgeous and stands out beautifully against the Kraft background. Blessings!

  19. speechless. that flower looks so real. gorgeo9us

  20. I love that poppy! I have not seen these dies before. I love the bright splashes of red against the kraft. Gorgeous gift ideas Anna-Karin

  21. Great to see such nice kind of information on the flower.
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