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Rhapsody in blue

Make any present extra-special with a gorgeously embellished gift bag

You will need

  • Die-cutting machine
  • Essentials Star die set ETL284
  • Snowflakes D111
  • Season's Greetings EF076
  • Essentials Mini Tags ETL67
  • Mini Interlocking Merry Christmas DX11
  • Small and medium gift bags
  • Card in blue and white
  • Wide white organza ribbon
  • Blue organza ribbon
  • Blue-and-white striped ribbon
  • Mini pompom ribbon
  • White twine
  • Diamanté gems
  • Silver sparklers
  • Big and Bowtiful Bow Maker™
  • Super-sticky redline tape
  • Tattered Lace Detail Glue with fine tips
  • Papercraft
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

What You Need

  1. For the larger bag: using the Bow Maker, tie a three-loop bow with the wide white ribbon and stick it to one handle with super-sticky redline (double-sided) tape.

  2. Using the No. 6 die from the Star die set, cut one from blue card. Cut one from white card using the No. 5 die. Place the white star into the embossing folder and run through the machine. Stick this white star on the blue star, with the points offset, and stick to the centre of the white organza bow with super-sticky tape.

  3. Using the Bow Maker, tie a triple-loop bow with blue organza ribbon and a five-loop bow from the striped ribbon. Stick the bows together with super-sticky tape and attach to the white star.

  4. Cut a 28cm length from mini pompom ribbon and tuck and stick the ribbon behind star, making sure to leave the pompoms dangling.

  5. Using the Snowflakes die set, cut one large, one medium and one small from blue card. Stick the large snowflake on to the centre of the blue striped bow. Stick the medium and small snowflakes on to white twine. Tuck and stick the twine underneath the stars and leave them to dangle.

  6. Using the smallest tag from the Mini Tags die set, cut one from blue card. Cut a 3cm x 9cm strip from white card and, using the same tag die, cut into the strip and trim to make a smaller tag. Stick on to the blue tag.

  7. Cut 'Merry Christmas' from blue card (trim away the flowers from the greeting). Stick the greeting on to the tag. Tie white twine through the tag and tie to the other side of the handle.

  8. To embellish, stick a silver sparkler in the centre of the large blue snowflake, add diamanté gems to the centre of the other blue snowflakes, and stick a couple to the tag.

  9. For the smaller bag: downscale the size of the dies used. Leave out the wide white organza bow and mini pompoms. Instead of the 'Merry Christmas'; add a small blue snowflake to a hand-cut tag.

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