12 Weeks of Halloween 2019 | Week 5

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | 12 Weeks of Halloween 2019 – Week 5

Welcome to the fifth project in this year’s 12 Weeks of Halloween series. Today I have a middling sized bag to share with you made using the Spooktacular Bash Bundle & Pressed Petals DSP.

While I love the Monster Bash DSP that is this year’s Halloween paper I wanted to change up the look a little on this project and thought the background patterns from the Pressed Petals DSP would suit these little bags perfectly and give me a chance to use some different colours 🙂

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I’ve seen bags like this before and really like the look of the rounded handles, but the originals used a die or cut file to get their shape. After a little experimenting I managed recreate a similar look just by adding some circles to a basic bag base and while it’s not exactly the same it was close enough to make me happy 🙂

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The bags measure 3-1/4″ x 3″ x 1″ and only use a 4-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock (if you use Letter size cardstock you can leave yours at 8-1/2″) which means you can make two of these from just one piece of cardstock.

The handles will need some extra pieces measuring 4″ x 3-1/2″ (x2), but this is a great way to use up some of your larger scraps. I used the Layering Circles Dies to cut them out and used the largest & 6th largest to get the size I wanted.

The DSP band around the centre of the bag is only 3″ x 8-1/4″ and I recommend adhering this to the bag base after scoring the cardstock, but before folding & burnishing to get a great result.

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To decorate the front of my bags I stamped the vampire & mummy from Spooktacular Bash onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured them with my Stampin’ Blends Markers (the colours I used will be in the Supply List).

I wanted to add a little colour to the frame around each image and used Merry Merlot & Mossy Meadow ink pads and a Blender Pen to fill them in. The Blender Pen was perfect to fill in this small area and I love the shading I have from the ink just fading out as it was applied.

I die cut the images and layering filigree piece and popped them up with dimensionals for some extra texture. A little “creepy” sentiment was die cut as well and tied onto a cute bow of Scalloped Edge Ribbon with Linen Thread so it can swing freely, but you could glue it in place under the ribbon instead if you preferred.

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Here’s the How To:

Finished Size: 3-1/4″ x 3″ 1″
Cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ (for bag base)
4″ x 3-1/2″(for handles x2)
DSP: 3″ x 8-1/4″

  • To create the bag base score @ 1″, 4″, 5″ & 8″ (on the 8-1/4″ side)
  • Turn 90°
  • Score @ 1″ (on the 4-1/4″ side)
  • Adhere the strip of DSP to the bag base before folding & burnishing score lines
  • With the 1/4″ tab to the right, trim as shown in the diagram
  • Adhere the handles to the inside of the bag
  • Assemble the bag
  • Decorate as desired

Even though this bag is small it really can hold quite a few treats, I have a pencil, 50g Cadbury chocolate bar, 28g bag of Jelly Bellys and small lollipop in these ones and there is still room for even more! I think these would make great gifts for teachers or work colleagues as they have a nice grownup vibe to them, but swap out the colours for some brighter ones and they’d be perfect for kids as well 🙂


If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used today, please visit my Online Store. I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia and remember to use September’s Host Code: EMDNTXEQ  when you shop with me to receive your Party Perks.

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