14 Jun Bag it up for Dad in this handmade, cardstock gift bag
Shirt, tie, or any gift for your Father, is even better in a handmade gift bag. A guy bag comes in browns and corals by Paper-Papers, starting with Crush, Coffee (text) and Almond (cardstock). With this paper, pretty is also earth friendly; Crush paper, made using residues from organic products to replace up to 15% of virgin tree pulp. You can metaphorically and literally, have your cake and eat it too; doesn’t get more fun that: crafting with food by-products from citrus fruits, corn, olives, coffee, kiwi fruits, hazelnuts, cherries and almonds.
The colors are as sensual to the eyes as the food is to taste. Coffee is a dark and rich brown; the almonds, a soft brown nutty color. The paper is hardy to work with, embosses and cuts with ease. The accent color is Coral (cardstock) from the Basis Try-Me packs, which has a full range of colors.
The bag is simple, using 2 full pieces of Almond paper, score up 2.5″ and overlap with ScorTape. It is easiest to put the Coffee side panels on now, so use a full sheet, cut in half, emboss and die cut. This bag uses a Cuttlebug texture of elongated lines, any will do, and a die cut by Spellbinder, Medallion Four. You can also top mount a premade design. Punch holes in the top for handles. The two circles are added to a Coral tag along with metal bling from Tim Hotlz, who does guy stuff: these are from his Adornment collection. The lettering can be picked up anywhere; the smaller tag used the “O” letter for a ribbon hole.
Taped and folded, the bag bottom is 4.5″, so cut the Coral to fit: a 5.5″ square. Score 3 sides at 1/2″ inch, cut the tabs on the bottom, where it overlaps and ScorTape it into the sides. This bag has extra creases scored into the sides for interest, so it seems like the bag folds up; an optional step. Refer to the photos. Add some matching ribbon, lacing it through the tags. Add some love and a great gift. Enjoy.