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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Lets get wrapping!!

Good morning!

Well, this is different for me!  I had an evening to myself and got out a plain white paper bag (a large bag - this measures 10" x 8") and went a bit grungy with it! - I wanted an "old fashioned, quite worn look" and was pleased with this.  didn't take photo's - completely forgot but I'll talk you through how I got there.

Started by finding my largest acrylic block and applied some fired brick distress re-inker to it, then spritzed with water and laid the bag on top of it. This gave me a base on which to start.  It ran a little at the bottom but I always like a run so that could stay.

I then swept some white gesso downwards from the top with a brush to tone it down a bit.

Then I used a stencil - the mask section (Christmas tree by Clarity stamp) and sponged some orange Artistry Ink around the edge to darken.

Some white embossing paste was applied to a couple of areas and left to harden slightly.  Once I was happy that it had started to go off, I stamped my flowers (Chocolate Baroque) in to it and washed my stamp immediately.

The same flowers were stamped in Artistry Ink (Blaze red) a couple of times on top of each other and smudged with a brush and some water and left to dry.

Again, using the same Christmas flower stamp, I used the actual stencil part of the Christmas stencil and laid that over the already highlighted tree and stamped in Artistry Ink (emerald green) the flowers to fill the tree area.

Two flowers were stamped on to water colour card with the blaze artisty ink and painted in with water and some of the green and orange inks. I also painted in to the now dried embossing paste to give the images some colour within the texture.

The words "Joy" and "Noel" both Chocolate Baroque were stamped on to the bag.

The tree was given some definition with a charcoal pencil and white pen and some lovely bubbles or snow falling was added using old pot lids to stamp with, painted in with diluted gesso, charcoal work to give depth and then covered in glossy accents with some glitter sprinkled on while still wet.

Here you can see the texture going on and the cut out flowers have been stuck on at this point too.

I added a string bow with three rose brass bells and sponged some ink to the handle. I added a little glitter texture paste here and there to give a flash of sparkle to some areas.

Traditional in it's colours with a grungy twist!

There, that will help wrap someones gift won't it and it's unique and very me!!!!

I would like to enter this bag in to the following challenges:-

Chocolate Baroque colour challenge:-

Stamps and Stencils challenge "Tags, bags and boxes":-

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x


  1. Well you do grunge and you do it well, my friend! I ADORE this bag and am so inspired to go home and make an artistic mess! I just love your distressed look and great combination of flowers, tree, and texture. Super project! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamps and Stencils. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Amazing Christmas gift bag! I adore that grunge look and a wonderful composition of so many awesome elements! Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils! Branka DT :)

  3. Great when you have time to yourself to just have a play around Leanne.

    Love the bag and all the sweeping movement of the gesso.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  4. A wonderful alternative Christmas gift bag that I wouldn't want to give away, thank you for joining in with the Chocolate Baroque Challenge and good luck. Julie x

  5. Love your Christmas Bag Leanne, a super idea using these stamps, and great use of the Challenge colours too. Thanks for your entry into the Chocolate Baroque Challenge, Judith xx

  6. Lovely gift bag and fab use of stamps - good luck with the CB Challenge x