Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Zarah- Altered Bags

Gift Bags
by Zarah Peterson
Paper bags
Papers by Bazzill, October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey.
Alphas by Pink Paislee, Making Memories and American Crafts.
Flowers from Prima Marketing.
Die cut leaves.
Also used: parts of an overlay, stickles, some black (nameless) gemstones, a Karen Foster loopy brad, Karen Foster scrappers floss, ink, an orange pen (for the frame around the tags), black & brown pens for the faux stitching, 3d-foam, raindots, liquid pearls of some kind (nameless kind from the local craft shop) and ribbon/lace.


To make this, just make fronts and backs for a regular paper bag. Cut Bazzill slightly bigger than the bag and glue them on.

Add patterned paper and embellish as desired.

I've made a few different ones for all occasions - the one with the key hole and the one with the key has a "window" into the bag, made from parts of overlays.

Key, star and keyhole are Ranger Grungeboard. The silver is UTEE (Ultra thick embossing powder) which gives it a very cool, vintage silver effect. I chose to let it not become smooth but instead opted for the grungy effect.

The gold is regular EP with clear UTEE on top. Again - I'm going with the grungy look.

The orange on the star is a mixture between American Crafts Zing EP and Rangers Distress EP (Spiced Marmalade) which gives it a neat, distressed look and the sparkle just highlights the uneven, crackled, bent surface below - which I found very cool.

The texts, as well as the calendar, the fancy frame around the "grattis-bag", the flourish & the scallop around the handle plus the star in the middle of the flower on that one, are all from 2 American Crafts stamp sets, "Thanks" and "Wedding". Masked out "again" on the stamp in one of the tags and instead, it just says "thanks. An easy way of adding some interest and changing your stamps up a little.

I'd love to see your bags, if you're inspired!! Link here, if you're making some, and I'll come over and check your blog! :)


Debbie said...

Absolutely stunning honey!! :D


Delilah said...

Those are so cute! I love them!!