Hello, friends! I have another non-card project to share with you today, which combines the new Gift Bag and Artful Tulip die sets from Spellbinders. I love using dies in creative and unexpected ways, and this paintbrush just seemed perfect for using as a handle on the gift bag.


Spellbinders – Gift Bag Die Set  

Spellbinders – Artful Tulip Die Set 

Heffy Doodle – Messy Desk Stencil

 Tim Holtz – Mini Distress Ink Pads

Spellbinders – Platinum 6


Creative Process

I first used the Gift Bag die to cut two pieces of white card stock, as you need to cut this twice in order to assemble the bag. I applied Scor-Tape to the small flap of one of the pieces and connected it to the other piece. That was all the assembly I did at that point, since I needed to stencil the design before final assembly. Next, I cut out all the pieces for the paintbrushes. There really is one main die for this, but I cut it out of several colors of card stock. I used the bristles die to cut several pieces of white card stock so that the paintbrush would look fuller. I made two of the red paint brushes, since those were going to act as the handles. I fussy cut a full paintbrush shape to use as a backer for all the pieces, which also makes it easier to add additional pieces for dimension. Once I was done with the paintbrushes, I then used the Messy Desk Stencil to add paint strokes and splats to the front, sides, and back of the gift bag. As you can see from the picture below, I made the back different from the front, which I think is fun. I love this stencil! I chose Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to match the colors of card stock that I used.

I finished assembling the gift bag and then glued all of the paintbrushes to it, making sure that the red paintbrushes were lined up together. I tied a red string through the holes of the paintbrushes, and now I just need to decide who will be the lucky recipient! There are so many cute little crafty goodies that could go in this bag, including Mini Distress Ink pads!

I hope this project brings a smile to your face and encourages you to look at your dies in a different way. Thank you so much for joining me today.

Wishing you all a crafty day,


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