Thursday, 3 November 2016

Christmas Gift Bag

Hello, everyone!

I am here today to announce that our new challenge at Stamps and Stencils has just started!

Cec is hostessing the challenge this month and she has chosen the theme 'Tag, Bags and Boxes'.
She describes her challenge theme this way:

 With Christmas coming up and the gift buying underway, we are going to need something to wrap them in.  Let's make some mixed media tags, bags & boxes that will be as treasured by the recipient as the gift itself.  Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling.


I have decided to create a Christmas gift bag and here is what I came up with:

I started with these:

I used my kraft gift bag and put a coat of white gesso on the front side of the bag using my palette knife. Then I used my stars stencil and my Mica flakes gel in pearl white on top. I found the metal star ornament in my stash and I thought that it would be just perfect for my focal element. I wanted to achieve a patina effect on the star so I used my Distress paint in Tumbled glass and my Espresso alcohol ink to imitate the patina look. 

I cut out the sentiment out of a Christmas bag, I distressed the edges and glued it down on the bottom of my bag. I also added some gold sequins randomly onto my gift bag. 

I had a Christmas branch in my stash and decided to attach it on top of the bag, as well as the vintage ribbon bow. I added some twine bow with small bells to create a more dimensional look.  I attached the whole decoration with a mini white wooden cloth spin.

For the center piece I cut out a snowflake using my Sizzix Layered Snowflake die and a piece of cardstock. I used my Brick and Verdigris Antiquities embossing powders on top of my snowflake. I cut out a smaller snowflake using another Sizzix Bigz die and used my Stampendous Shabby blue embossing enamel to add some shimmer. I also used my Liquid pearls in white pearl color onto my snowflake. I glued down my rust/patina star on top of my dimensional snowflake.
I wanted to add some more texture to my bag so I applied my gold glitter paste randomly onto the edges of my bag.

I hope that I have inspired you to create your mixed media piece for our 'Tags, Bags and Boxes' challenge at Stamps and Stencils! 


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx



  1. Wow Branka, what a beautiful vintage Christmas bag! I love the extra metal star added in the middle!

  2. A wonderful tag Branka!So much detail - I love it!

  3. Send it my way Branka ...don't even need a gift in it. It is wonderful. Thank you for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this November.

  4. Branka, I just love the mica stars - how very cool! What gorgeous textures you've combined. The design is so beautiful! So glad to see a tag in our mix. Hugs, Autumn

  5. This is absolutely stunning, Branka!! I love the rusted patina on the star!! It looks amazing!! The texture and the details are fabulous!! The pine cones are such a perfect touch!! I love the gingham ribbon, too!! Gorgeous, gorgeous tag my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Branka - that is a stunning GIFT/& bag! I love look of the blue star that you have created for your centerpiece and the background layers of gesso stenciled stars and distressed, vintage look. Delightful! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C: [ATG/ Green & Gold]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  7. Oh wow, the mica stars are stunning and the central patina one is gorgeous, you did a great job on that one. I would certainly be very happy to receive a bag like this, it would stay out on show for sure! Stunning work my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. This is stunning. Thank you for sharing! :)

  9. wow Branka - this is so beautiful - I love what you have done! Hugs rachel x

  10. Awwwwww, this is so very pretty and festive with a rustic twist! Gorgeous use of the star stencil and then you add the Luca and send it over the top! Fantabulous patina on that focal star and the pops of gold are spectacular dearie. One of my favorite parts is the little white clip that holds everything together. Genius and stunning! I bet whatever gets put into this bag will be just as Wowzers! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  11. Wow Branka, this is one of the most amazing mixed media Christmas tags that I've ever seen! What a glorious mix of metallics, eroded textures, linens, and even a little Christmas sparkle on those berries! The real pine cones add such a rustic feel to this! Amazing makeover on that star piece and your snowflake is just fantastic!! Even a simple tag project is a work of art when it comes from your craft room my friend!! sending all my hugs :)

  12. Stunning make my friend! Love the choice of colors and very classy design! Thank you for the inspiration.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  13. Wow Branka, I adore your tag, just delightful, with so full of festive and natural elements, and also its soft and white like snowy background!!!
    Love it.
    Hugs, Coco xx

  14. What a gorgeous tag. I love all the elements you used it really adds so much to the design. Thanks so much for entering your lovely card into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara

  15. Gorgeous gift bag Branka! So many wonderful details to look at, I love it.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  16. Beautiful gift bag - are you sure this isn't the gift being so stunning itself - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  17. So beautiful! Who needs a gift with a tag like this? Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  18. Branka, I'm so sorry I missed this, but delighted I get to see your gorgeous Christmas gift bag this morning! What a lovely background, and those glittery and pearly snowflakes and rustic finished star look great as the focal image! I love the patina on the star, and am going to give this a try on a future project! The rusted snowflake is my favorite, but I love the layered trio as a package. Geddit? 'Package'? Sending you lots of love this morning!

  19. I am so loving your Altered Bag..I would love it if I received one like that..even if it was empty.
    Thank you for joining in with the challenge this month over at Altered Eclectics...x

  20. This bag seems like a gift in and of itself! Your imitation patina is brilliant, and the frosted berries tie in so nicely with your distressed snowflake.
    Thanks for joining Eclectic Ellapu’s November challenge!

    -DT NieNie

  21. Congratulations on your Top Five at CVC! So well deserved! I loved this the first time I laid eyes on it! Hugs!