Thursday, 28 November 2019

AWH Boxes & Bags Blog Hop

The Art With Heart Team are back with another inspirational Blog Hop. This month we are featuring Gift Bags and Boxes, just in time for the Christmas gift giving season. The bags and boxes featured are all made using current Stampin’ Up! products and any of our wonderful team members are happy to help you with the supplies you will need to reproduce these beautiful projects.

This is a very timely blog hop as I am in the middle of Christmas preparations, and making wine bottle sleeves is a part of that. The only thing that holds me back is having a suitable supply of 12" by 12" card. I've used the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalogue. I've made so many of these bottle sleeves that once I set up the Score Board with the little marker pegs I can do them very quickly.

The part that often takes the time is making the labels, because I tend to want each one to be different. For this one I used Making Christmas Bright, a Christmas stamp introduced last Christmas, and carried over in the Annual Catalogue. I added a quick stamped image from Yummy Christmas, because it was on my craft table, and I could quickly colour and fussy-cut the image. Speedy is the name of the game when it comes to Christmas prep!

This sleeve made with a decorative foil is extra-quick because it doesn't need decorating, but I found that it doesn't really like being scored, even on the reverse as I have done, so in future I would  use regular card and adhere the panels of foil to that. 

That is my usual technique, and it is also a great way to show off the gorgeous papers that Stampin' Up! has for any occasion or to use up the last of any leftover DSP.

  •  1 piece of 12" by 12" card, trimmed to 11" by 12"
  • 6 DSP strips to match or contrast 7¾" by 1½" 
  • Tear 'n Tape for side and base, adhesive for attaching DSP
  • Score Board

Begin by placing the side measuring 12" to the top of the Score board and score at 2" and 10". Rotate the card 90 degrees and score at 1¾", 3½", 5¼", 7", 8¾" & 10½". (That is where I use those markers).

Burnish all the score lines with a bone folder.
One end scored 2" in is the base, and is cut with snips to the first score line, the other end (Top) needs to be marked on the wrong side in the centre of each square at 7/8", 2 5/8", 4 3/8", 6 1/8", 7 7/8" & 9 5/8".

Then you cut on those pencil lines you've ruled from the centre to the point where they meet the crossing score line. The tiny ½" pieces at the top and bottom can be removed and the sleeve is joined to create a cylinder. I use a Crop-o-dile to make holes for the ribbon, twine or other through the triangular pieces. You may have some other hole punch you could use.
The base is easiest to place with a bottle in place, empty for safety perhaps! It is a matter of easing the sleeve to fit and applying Tear 'n Tape to each base flap, and going around, sticking them in turn. I often cut a 2¼" - 2½" circle to reinforce the base, and give a tidier finish too.

Next talented demonstrator to share her project is the wonderful Sharon Davern

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  1. Fantastic Rachel, I would need to have a different tag on my bottles too. Maybe I could cover the non-alcoholic bottles as I don't drink Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Oooh, these are fabulous! It looks like you've been making heaps for your market stalls. They are a great choice for Christmas packaging. I have a Secret Santa gift to give that could make use of one of these.

  3. Thanks for the instructions Rachel, I am always looking for bottle bags - how much nicer are these with the beautiful Stampin' Up! papers!

  4. Rachel I love your wine bottle sleeve! Thank you for such clear directions - I will definitely be making some of these for Christmas gifts x

  5. Thank you Rachel - useful and instructive!

  6. Love it Rachel, what a fantastic idea for Christmas gift wrapping! Thank you also for the instructions, that's very generous.

  7. Love your bottle boxes and the fantastic instructions. Your bottle boxes present a bottle of something delightful in a delightful way. I will be making some for gifts - I will have to be careful that my brother doesn’t see them otherwise he will keep me busy making them for his Christmas bottle gifts. 💖

  8. Rachel, you are so clever to make your wine bottle sleeves and this DSP being a little thicker is perfect for hold a bottle of wine. Thanks for the tutorial too.


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