Festive Fanfare

I am delighted to share the news that I am Guest Designer at Scrolls Work Stamps for the month of December.
Scrolls Work Stamps stock an eclectic range from photo real, sentiments, women, travel, Steampunk, the list is endless and let’s not forget Christmas.
This is such an honour and I am so excited to be working with their stamps. To view the full-time DT members artwork visit the Scrolls Work Stamps Blog.

Festive Fanfare

For my first project for Scrolls Work Stamps I wanted to show the versatility of stamps. All too often we label our stamps into categories, such as Christmas, travel, children, but most times stamps can be used beyond their obvious associations. When I received the Lady Flourish Silhouette  stamp  it struck me that it could be an angel with a trumpet, therefore used for Christmas projects.
Alongside the Lady Flourish Silhouette I also used  Gothic Adornment stamp. This stamp was used to stamp into layers of embossing powders and UTEE on the chipboard swirls. So often smaller stamps can almost be forgotten but they can come into their own when creating texture on various surfaces.
My first project for SWS is a brown bag “upcycled” to a Christmas Gift Bag. On this bag I wanted the elements to echo the designs on the Lady Flourish and Gothic Elements stamps so I selected a Grungeboard swirl and 2 chipboard swirls.
Photo of completed Christmas Gift Bag

Instructions For Gift Bag
Supplies to colour the bag:- brown bag, Grungeboard swirl, Fired Brick ink and sponge.

Step 1 – Use swirl as a mask. Sponge Fired Brick ink through the swirl until front and back of bag are covered. Outline shape with Sakura Stardust pen.

Preparing a tag using the Lady with Flourishes stamp
Step 3 – Stamp image onto cream card and emboss with detail gold embossing powder. Use mica powders to create a wash of subtle shimmer on the cardstock.

Small Decorative Stamp – Stamped into UTEE to add texture to chipboard swirls
Step 4 – Build up layers of embossing powders, I used copper and gold then 2 layers of UTEE. (I used my heat gun but you could use a melt pot for this)

Step 5 – Ink up small decorative stamp with Versamark ink and stamp into the UTEE.

Step 6 – Mix Mica paints to a creamy consistency and paint into the impressed image. Blast quickly with the heat gun.

Finished Tag
After the wash of colour has dried I used scallop edged scissors to cut a tag, edged with Venetian Gold glass glitter and attached to bag with ruby red ribbon

Chipboard Swirls
Beads in gold, copper and red were used to create a beaded dangle. Jump rings and ribbon attached the beaded dangles and swirls to the bag’s handle.

All that was left to do was create more bows with the ribbon, the more the merrier!

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Willy
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 13:52:12

    What a SUPER gift bag, Lynne!


  2. Ira
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 14:19:12

    Your gift bag is over the top gorgeous Lynne! It’ll make a wonderful present for Christmas in itself! Have a great Sunday, Ira x


  3. Jacque Heaton
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 15:26:18

    Wow! I just love it! It is well written and great pictures. Thank you so much for being a part of the GD’s this month!
    Thanks Again!


  4. Shelley
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 15:41:38

    Lovely gift bag! Thanks for the great instructions.


  5. craftytrog
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 15:52:01

    Wonderful! I love the texture of the stamped UTEE Lynne, one of my favourite techniques! xx


  6. Lynn Stevens
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 16:11:56

    Such a beautiful gift bag! Congrats on being Scrolls work’s guest artist.
    Jacque’s a doll and in our stamp group!


  7. Chris
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 16:15:09

    Woohoo! Congratulations Lynne. I love your bag. Thank you for the instructions. I think there will be a few of these under Xmas trees this year.

    Chris x


  8. Vicki Romaine
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 19:51:13

    How lovely. And to think that was once just a brown paper bag! In my opinion, the bag is the gift.


  9. Lucy Edmondson
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 20:05:12

    Beautiful, huge congrats too – love their stamps!

    Lucy x


  10. trisha too
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 20:33:10



  11. Shelly Schmidt
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 21:01:38

    Beautiful project! Congrats on being the Guest designer for December!


  12. Dot Arnott
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 21:58:16

    This is absolutely beautiful Lynne. Who would have thought it possible to turn a brown paper bag into something so gorgeous. Congratulations on being a guest designer for scrolls work stamps.
    As I said before, I know nothing about crafting, but thanks to your Dad telling me about your hobby, I spend ages on the computer looking at your blog, and others too. I find it extremely interesting.
    Dot x


  13. Julie Forest
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 22:12:52

    Hi, Lynne! Congratulations on December guest designer at Scroll Works! How exciting!! This gift bag and detailed embellishments are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you create next! 🙂


  14. Susan Reaney
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 22:59:35

    Oh, I love this. I hope I will find the time to make this.



  15. lorraine
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 23:39:47



  16. 2amscrapper
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 01:20:57

    Congrats on your guest DT gig. Love the upcycled bag and the tag is wonderful!


  17. Marie
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 07:11:39

    Hi Lynne,
    congrats on being scroll work’s guest artist!!!
    The gift bag is beautiful.


  18. Jingle
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 13:08:03

    I am so excited that you are designing with us this month!!! Your bag is stunning!


  19. Jack
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 16:39:30

    Fabulous bag, and blast you more stamps that I really, really need!!


  20. Penny
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 02:18:56

    Terrific instructions for your bag! I really love the textured effect on the flourish and the mica powder wash.


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