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Friday, October 3, 2014

archival ink to stenciled fabric bags...

hello...
I'm back from Orlando!

in just a few short hours, I went from 85 degrees to a balmy...
52 in Chicago...
UGGG...

lucky for me I'm headed back to Florida on Thursday to teach at 
Pictures in Time in Fleming Island...

today I thought I'd share the fabric gift bags I made for my students at the Collin's event...
their class kit was in this bag...

archival inks are AWESOME for stenciling on fabric & they are permanent when dry...
actually archivals are AWESOME every day! lol...

this is a muslin bag...
it's about 8 inches tall & 5 inches wide, to give you an idea of the size...
I chose muslin because it has very little texture, but it's sturdy...

I started by masking off the top half of the vintage lace background stamp, inking it with tree branch archival, removing the tape, then stamping the lace at the bottom of the bag...

next...
I stenciled the large tree with fern green archival toward the left, then masked off the lace with painters tape & stenciled the large tree again to the right of the large tree...
but this time I lowered it to make it much shorter...
the tape protected the lace area...

masking off an area
 allows us to make the trees multiple heights...

next, I stenciled the small tree 3 times,
 to make the grouping...

and then...
I used dandelion archival to stencil the star 3 times...
 I also used dandelion to add the spatter stamp randomly to the background...

the spatter background is a new individual large background stamp & it should be shipping soon...
the order number is wvbg017 & your stores can order it for you
 from Stampers Anonymous or Ranger...

if you have my very first stamp set LCS001...
it's the same stamp...
but it's an individual because of the faux graniteware technique I've been using..

I used jet black archival to stamp
"merry christmas" over the lace, right below the trees...

and the bags look like this...



inside the bag were the stencils & stamps we used for the gift tag class I taught...
the happy holidays stencil & the holiday icons SiSi (stamps & stencil in the same package)...


when stamping on fabric, I always reink my pad 
(jet black) so it's not too dry...
I also like to let the stamp sit on the fabric for a few extra seconds to allow the ink to completely transfer to the material...

the stenciling is very easy, because you can see exactly how much ink was added...
the mini blending tool is PERFECT for stenciling...

here's a closer look...


don't you think this would be adorable stenciled on a T-shirt or hoodie?

I'm on a mission to find the perfect one...

keep in mind that
smaller fabric bags are perfect for gift cards...
and are fun & quick to complete...
I've done a few...
coming soon to a blog near you...


you could go further with the larger bag if you're only making a few...
you could stamp or stencil on each tree...
add buttons...
and lots more...
but with the quantity I made...
this was fine with me...
I couldn't get carried away...

***BREAKING NEWS***

since I had 43 in the class, but always make extra kits, I have one to share with BLOG FRIENDS...

and I'll give away another 
on my FACEBOOK PAGE...

feel free to share the giveaway info 
with your friends...
that's the holiday spirit!

so...
leave a comment here

AND...

leave a comment on my 

that way you'll have 2 chances to win
 a stenciled bag, 
the "happy holidays" stencil and 
the "holiday icons" SiSi...

fun stuff when you...

make art!
wendy
ps..I normally say "GO BEARS" but they suck...
sad to say...I think they're hopeless...
AGAIN...

81 comments:

Dorothy said...

I just love that bag Wendy!!

Lori said...

Very cool bag!! Love the gift bag idea!!

purplemel said...

now got to try this and yes I love it

Anita B said...

Lovely idea for Christmas gifting.

TangledBlueRose said...

Love it! I agree Archivals are just the best...must get more! Thanks so much for all your awesomeness!~kim

Nancy S said...

I love the gift bag idea! I would have never thought to stencil with archival ink. Who knew? Oh wait, you did!

Linda Bell said...

That Archival ink stamps on everything...LOVE IT!

Marci said...

Darling gift bag. What s great idea! P. S. Don't give up on your Bears. :-))

Sue said...

I LOVE the gift bag! You are so sweet to offer them up as prizes!

Rea' said...

Yes saw your photo from Collins Group such a cool idea... took that simple bag from simple to "simple elegance" ... I love it . Definitely a must try and a great gift idea !

Tapeva said...

It would be a perfect wraping for some scarf or jewellery...great idea! :)

wustaz said...

Love this

Carole M. said...

Wendy, you never cease to amaze me!! What a beautiful "gift"......and with another gift INSIDE!! Thanks so much for your inspiration!! <3
Carole from Chicago

SusanK said...

The gift bag and included supplies are awesome! I love using non-traditional ways to present a gift...this is perfect! And keep the faith...one day...one day.

Diane Swanson said...

Love the stencils and bag!

nora said...

So glad you made it home safe. I think that happens so you can really appreciate well all goes well flying and connections. Oh, would really like a present from you. Thx.

Anne said...

You know it is bad when my husband- a life long die hard Bears fan- agrees with your "Bears S**k" statement! Our dogs know to find a hiding place when the game comes on!LOL!
I love the eco friendly bag! We have eliminated all commercial wrapping paper in our family, and it is so great and easy,too!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous bags Wendy! These would be perfect for those little chocolatey gifts at Christmas.....mmmmmm now there's an idea! Sue C x

jezebel said...

Great ideas in these blog comments!! Your followers are such awesome crafters - kudos to you, Wendy, for attracting such wonderful peeps. Thanks for the chance to win lovely goodies.

Megan P. said...

Great gift idea! So cute!

Tikaani said...

These are so brilliant!! And I love the idea of having them on a hoodie or some such! Thanks for the chance to win, Wendy :)

Elaine A said...

Wendy,

Love this and I can definitely see this on a T-shirt. And really love the lace pattern. Where did you find the bags?

Elaine Allen

sue said...

Wendy what a great idea. Can't wait to try it. I have a piece of muslin in my craft room to play with right now !

Wanda Hentges said...

What a fun way to make the kits!!!!!!!!!! The bag looks great!!!!

Craftychris said...

Ooh the bag is awesome, I would so love to win! Thank you for the chance! xxx

Lisapmac said...

Very lucky students, what a thoughtful gift x

famillemarleau said...

It's beautiful. Love it. Thanks for the chance. Johanne Lacombe

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

ohhh love this bag idea! I always use my reusable bags and this would be a great way to give someone their gift, making it a two for one deal!

Diane said...

Very cute gift bag! And thanks for the helpful tips, too.

Lisa said...

Oh wow, the bag looks amazing!! I love the design!! You are so creative and inspiring!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sheila Tedford Bligh said...

These are great and so versatile! I think they would make really nice muslin stockings! In our family we always use muslin bags to hold stocking stuffers and each year they are different so this would be the 2014 Bligh Christmas bags!

sandi collins said...

YOU SUCH GREAT IDEAS. LOVE IT

Shari Czerwinski said...

Adorable bag! Love to see you at a class location in the Chicago area :)

K said...

Love this bag it will make a great gift bag. Thanks for the giveaway.

Vic said...

Oh, I think little treat bags for my grandkids are coming up! TFS

Carol H. said...

Love this bag! The colors are so pretty. It looks like something I could do too!

Cim Allen said...

The ink looks amazing on the fabric .. good idea to let it sit for a second before picking up the stamp. Can't wait for you to find the perfect hoodie and see what you create !!! Safe travels to Florida. Sorry bout your Bears .. GO PAC !!

Karenladd said...

Ooh, I love those stenciled muslin bags! They would be great reusable bags for holiday gifts!

Debby said...

Love the bag as a gift idea! Might have to make envelopes as I do not sew. Enjoy Florida. The weather here is getting a bit nasty now. I agree da Bears are looking hopeless again. Sad!

cebelica said...

I love this bag. I think it looks fantastic! :)
Hugs! xx

Laura said...

Love the bag! It's so festive. I rarely do anything on or with fabric, but this seems like something I could attempt, for sure.

Immi said...

Cute! I love working with muslin!

Shoshi said...

This is brilliant, Wendy. I had no idea you could use archival inks on fabrics. I have just bought several new colours to complement the black and sepia that I already had, and now I have yet another use for them! Thanks for sharing. Your bag is beautiful. I particularly love the lacy stamp at the bottom.

Shoshi

on a good day said...

Thank you for walking us thru how and with what ink you used!! would love the stencils!

Deb Lorence said...

What a sweet bag Wendy! I bet you had some happy campers in that class!

Sue said...

The bags are delicious!! I think I'd like to try my new fave stamp Lots of leaves stamped on the bottom of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! Not to mention I love the vintage lace. Sue :)

Redanne said...

Just another great use for Archival inks. I can now see myself doing these instead of wrapping presents at Christmas. Thanks so much, as ever, for the inspiration! Anne x

Christi Conley said...

Oh yes - what a great early gift!! Love this bag!

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome bag for your class kit... a bonus for all the students! Bet the class was fabulous!

Angela Young said...

Love the little bag...very useful! Those Christmas stencils are lovely....what lucky students you have in your classes Wendy x

Tona said...

I love this bag! Thanks for the inspiration & the chance to win a kit.

Marilyn C. said...

Love the bag and what a great idea for gift cards at holiday time! Go Bills!

stamps&cars said...

Love it even more than when I saw it on the FB page.

Heather Thompson said...

your so funny Wendy, The Bears. ha. Thanks for the chance, have a great weekend!!

Keely said...

Oh I wish I was in Florida with you!!! I Actually broke out gloves tonight!! I love the tree stencils. Heck. I love all of your stencils!! Forget the Bears. Go Blackhawks!!

Jeanie said...

Very cool

Flo said...

Great bag. It has that stamp on it that I love. Thanks.

Karen Stevens said...

Wendy,
Love the Holiday Stencils!!!!! and the SiSi's are the bomb!!!!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

How adorable is this bag?

Linda T said...

What a beautiful lil bag. I just adore the stencils. How lovely these would make as a gift bag. Great ideas.

J9F said...

I love the Christmas stencils!!

Kaye said...

I love the idea of using the smaller muslin bags for gift cards! What a fun way to give gifts to co-workers!

Larissa Heskett said...

Whoop Whoop SO AWESOME!! =) I'd LOVE to WIN!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing the idea and for the chances to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKWND!! =)

Dee in N.H. said...

Awesome bag! We exchange home-made gifts at the family christmas gathering and I'm pretty sure mine will be presented in an awesome bag. Great idea!!! Thank you!

Theresa said...

This bag is adorable!!!! And it WOULD make a great holiday sweatshirt!!!

Nancy D. said...

The bag is so cute..!..love it

stamping sue said...

wonderful bag. hope I'm in time for the drawing.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Scrapthat said...

Love this idea!! TFS! :D

Laura said...

What a great idea....seeings that Christmas will be very tight this year....this looks like something I can do for everyone! Personalized with names and all!

Bernice Piotrowski said...

I love the colours of your line of Archival inks and I am anxiously waiting for the embossing powders to arrive at my local store. Thank you for the instructions for the gift bag. Really lovely.

pam said...

love the bag ! so many possibilities !

Kim Staehler said...

Cannot wait to try this

Kristina M. Anderson said...

The bags are so cute! So many great details. Thank you for the tutorial. The weather in Florida is even better right now. We are having a "cold" front. So we are in the 70's! Thank you for a chance to win and have a great Sunday evening!

Linda said...

I love the idea to use the bags for gift cards!! I usually give my older grandchildren money for Christmas this would be a great idea for them!! Thanks for sharing, and so gracious of you to share a kit with us. Have a great week !!! NC weather is finally wonderful!!

Kari Leach said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks.

Cat von Hassel-Davies said...

Wendy I just love all you!!!

Julia Aston said...

what a great gift for your class attendees! bet they loved these! I'll be caseing this idea for sure!

County Purr Farm Scrapbooking said...

Pick me! Love your projects and posts on your blog. These goodies would be an excellent addition to my Wendy collection. - Donna Jean

Sandy said...

That is pretty cool -
I didn't know Archival was permanent on fabric!

stamping sue said...

good to know archival inks work on fabric. haven't done a bag or shirt in years....time to stamp on fabric again. thanks for the chance to be included in your drawing.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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