Happy Sunday everyone! It’s my birthday today and it promises to be a good one. I plan to spend it playing in my craft room while listening to my favourite music. Meanwhile hubby will spoil me by making dinner, and hopefully loading up the dishwasher. To celebrate making it through another year I’m going to send everyone who orders through my online store today a special gift. Perhaps I can tempt you with this simple Sunday project; a panel for a brown bag created using the Cottage Rose Stamp Set.
These heavy kraft paper bags are really quite strong and very inexpensive. I bought mine at Walmart but you can find them in many stores and they come in lots of sizes. This particular bag is 6-1/4″ x 9″ (plus the handles). The only problem is that they are quite boring so I decided to quickly dress it up.
I began by cutting a 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Kraft Paper and a 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Early Espresso Card. Then from the Cottage Rose Stamp Set I chose the largest image. Using Early Espresso ink I stamped most of the image in the bottom left corner of the kraft piece. Then after re-inking the stamp I stamped a smaller portion of the image in the top right corner.
Going back to the Cottage Rose Stamp Set I selected the “Best wishes” sentiment. Then still using Early Espresso ink I stamped this close to the lower image.
Colouring in the rose and leaves couldn’t be simpler. I just used a light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. As I started to colour, the ink made the Kraft Paper darken quite a bit but it lightened as the ink dried. This gave the image an aged, sepia sort of look which I love.
With the colouring done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the panel onto the Early Espresso Card layer. Then with more liquid glue I fixed the panel to the front of the bag.
Finally I added a few Rustic Metallic Adhesive-backed Dots around the main flower and my gift bag was complete.
See, I told you it was a simple project! Now with the off-cuts of Kraft Paper I have left I plan to experiment using other Stampin’ Blends markers. Perhaps you’ll see the results on a future project. But for now I hope you have a wonderful day!
For more Cottage Rose projects see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Cottage Rose Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Cottage Flowers Dies (not used today). Buying the two products using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to explore that option.