Friday, November 8, 2013

ABC Friday - Christmas Treat Bag Cover

Hi friends! Sarah back today with Anything But a Card Friday. Today I'm going to show you a quick tutorial on how I make these Treat Bag Covers.

Inside is a cellophane bag filled with whatever yummy goodies you like - chocolate kisses in my case! These are fast and easy to make - they make wonderful stocking fillers!

I've used the wonderful new Snowman Soup set for my Treat Bag Cover. I fussy cut my decorations, but now I have my hands on the matching dies these will be even faster to whip up!

Want to see how easy it is? Let's get going!

Cut a strip of cardstock 3 1/2" by 11". Score at 4 1/2, 5 1/2 and 10". 
Cut a window using any shape you like. 

Cut a piece of paper to fit or stamp a design onto the front of your treat bag cover. I like to cut a frame for my window by die cutting a shape larger than the window, then cutting out a smaller oval on the inside so a small border will show when these are layered together.

I've layered my die cut oval behind my window, then adhered a piece of vellum cardstock for a frosted window look. Acetate works wonderfully and gives a clear view of the goodies inside. I also like to line the inside of the cover with a bright paper that will peek through.

With the flap closed, use a strong punch like a crop-a-dile (or punch multiple times with a normal hand punch) to cut two holes for threading through twine or ribbon.

For a finished look, I like to use large eyelets - make sure you only put these through the first layer or you won't be able to open the cover! Decorate with a pretty border and more paper or stamped designs.

That's it! Punch holes in your cellophane bag and tie it all together with the bag enclosed in the cover. Decorate as desired. I've used a die cut poinsettia, edged with frosted stickles. 

I've used the holly and present images from Snowman Soup, colouring with Copics, adding stickles to the gift and glaze pen to the berries. 

Once you make one of these, you can easily adapt them to any size you wish. You can also forgo the window and use a larger coloured image to decorate the front of your cover. If you make one, please let me know, I'd love to see!


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