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Unruly Goodie Bags

Hi Everyone it's Danie here!  As you read this post I will be in a beautiful part of the world hosting the Unruly PaperArts Retreat so thought I would share the way I artfully decorated and created the Goodies Bags that each attendee will be receiving which used an assortment of wonderful supplies you can find here at Altered Pages. I thought this perfectly meets our It's a Wrap theme here on the blog this month.

I started with a Kraft Paper Shopping Bag and decided I was going to use my Gelli Plate some pizzazz, our theme for the retreat is Step Into Spring.

My Gelli Printed Image would be in the centre so I decided to use a stencil first to add further detail and frame my print.  I used the TCW 12 x 12 Honeycomb Stencil and sponged on a mix of Green Acrylic Paints.

Using some other assorted Greens I then applied a layer of paint to the Gelli Plate and took a print.  I did a mix of starting with a dark layer and then a light layer and vice versa.  For the second layer after adding the paint I used a Leaves Stencil.  After applying this stencil to the plate I took the print.  The stencil acts as a mask and allows the first layer of paint to show through.

Applying my first layer of paint to the Gelli Plate with a Brayer.

To be able to line up my prints perfectly I always place an item of what I plan to print on underneath my Gelli Plate, in the above photo you can see a Kraft Shopping Bag that I had played around on earlier while working out what I wanted to do.  This allows you to line up your corners in this case the bag perfectly each time so that your layers are all pretty much perfectly aligned over the top of each other.

The second layer using the leaves stencil is done.

I then decided my bag needed a touch of dimension in the way of some die cuts.  Today I am using a flower die.  For these I decided to create some Gelli Prints to cut my flowers from.  Using red paint I kept some as a simple one layer print which I then added some black polka dots to with a background stamp, while to others I added a second print layer using a mix of yellow and titan buff paint to the plate.  I then with the back of a paint brush simply added some squiggly lines to the paint (it actually removes some of the paint and adds texture and interest).  Once these two layer prints were dry I added some stamping to them with a French Script Background Stamp.

I inked the edges of the flowers with my Gold Delicata Ink and layered my die cuts together before gluing them onto my bags.  To finish I thought my bags still needed a little something so I added a punched flower border down one side of the Gelli Print and then spritzed the entire front of the bag with a Shimmer Ink Spray.

This is a fun way to dress up a plain old kraft shopping bag......I am thinking of changing this up with different stencils, stamping and/or die cuts for some of my Christmas Gift Giving this year too!

Until next time - Happy Crafting

Danie xx


  1. As always a simply gorgeous project! It's almost to pretty to use as a gift bag. Wonderfully done!

  2. GORGEOUS work of art. The bag just might be better than the gift! THANKS for sharing

  3. Omg... So cute! Gelli plates cant be beat!

  4. Just saying, frame that up and it's a great gift by itself--beautiful!


  5. I've got to start gelli printing! so inspirational! xo


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