Monday, March 28, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - We Can See Clearly

Hi Everyone! Another amazing week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as we create with the theme, "We Can See Clearly". This week, we're asking you to use acetate or vellum on our projects and I had a lot of fun with this one.  Come join in the fun and could win a $50 gift voucher just for playing along.

Years ago I made favors for parties and with the wedding season coming up, I decided to create some pretty favors. These favor bags look so elegant when they're made out of vellum and look like they took a lot of time to create, but they are so easy to put together, I'll show you how.

For the stenciled favor bag, create a bag from the Tim Holtz In The Bag die out of vellum. Using post-it notes, block off the areas where you don't want the embossing paste to show.  

With a plastic palette knife spread some white embossing paste over the stencil onto the bag. I used the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil. The Wendy Vecchi embossing paste is a good one to use as it stays bright white after it's dry.

Remove the stencil and post-it notes to see the beautiful design on the front of the favor bag. Set this aside to completely dry before assembling the bag.

 For the embossed bag, cut another favor bag out of vellum and place it inside any embossing folder that's large enough to cover the front and back of the bag. I used an embossing folder called "Rosa" designed by Anna Griffin.

Here you can see the two different designs for the favor bags.

Next, I created some pretty ribbon for the bags using distress markers and seam binding. Make sure to cut enough seam binding to tie a large shabby bow around the bag.

Tie one end of the ribbon around the bag leaving the remaining ribbon on one side to make the bows. I used the Tammy Tutterow technique for my bows which you can find here. I wrapped the ribbon around my fingers instead of clothes pins to create the bows and then ran the shorter end of the ribbon under under my fingers to tie the bow off. 

Here are the two favor bags with their bows. I used mowed lawn and twisted citron distress markers for the green bag and wilted violet and shaded lilac distress markers for the purple bow. It's important to use a lighter and darker shade of colors to give the ribbon depth. 

To put the final touches on the favor bags, I added roses that I created from the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals die set. 

Vellum doesn't have much weight to it so the bag needs some extra strength on the bottom so the candy won't fall out. I adhered a piece of chipboard to the bottom of the party bags and this was the perfect solution to keep the candy from falling out of the bottom when placed upright.  This also gives the bags stability so they can stand up nice and straight.

You can leave the bags plain and call them finished, but I wanted them to have a little extra color so I added 3" x 4" pieces of coordinating card stock that I slid down the front inside panel of the bags. The folded edges on the side of the bag will keep these panels in place so you don't need adhesive. This really set them off and gave them the added color I wanted.

Here again are my favor bags.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put together these elegant party favor bags made from vellum and I can't wait to see what you create for this week's challenge.

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  1. I think these are lovely! I'm hoping to make something similar in appearance this week.

  2. I think these are lovely! I'm hoping to make something similar in appearance this week.

  3. so elegant and beautiful! well done miss xxx

  4. Beautiful gift bags Cathie, they are so pretty and elegant! absolutely gorgeous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. Cathie, these are gorgeous wedding favors! I love the colors you have chosen and how you echo them with each other. Who knew purple and green could look this amazing together!

  6. Stunning favors, Cathie! I really love the elegance the white texture paste added to them!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  7. Beautiful! These bags look so elegant, Cathy x

  8. These delicate colors are fantastic! Your bags is so classy, I love especially your embossing on vellum, fabulous! Barbara

  9. These delicate colors are fantastic! Your bags is so classy, I love especially your embossing on vellum, fabulous! Barbara

  10. Love these gorgeous bags, Cathy. Your design is so elegant and beautiful. :)

  11. What a great idea! I love the softiness of the bags and the patterns you used. Hugs, Marzena

  12. These little treat bags are just beautiful, Cathie and I'm sure whoever received one of these, will treasure them for a long time to come ~ they are gorgeous, elegant and classy!

  13. These are so darling, Cathie! Love the embossed look, and how fun that the gift bags are semi transparent so you can see what is inside! Hugs, Sandra


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