Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gift Bag & Notecards | Photo Tutorial

Hi, crafty friends!
I'm posting after a short hiatus on my blog :D
Today, I have a very quick and easy tutorial to share for making a beautiful card pouch. I really had a lot of fun creating this. My son has a male class teacher & coming up with a gift for him for Teachers' Day was quite a challenge as I usually tend to create quite feminine project, so I was pretty happy to work with the newest collections from Papericious which has some really good masculine tones. 
Warning - It's a picture heavy post.

Here's a look at the card pouch :

Here's how it looks when opened up :

I have embellished the insides using pattern papers from the Mi Estilo collection. The bow-tie & sentiment have been fussy-cut from the Gentleman pack. (The papers used here are all from Papericious)

As you can see, it has two pockets and can hold 4 X 4 inch notecards with coordinating envelopes and also there is enough space to hold a candy bar of your choice.

The note-card & coordinating envelope :

The trio together!

The back side of the pouch :

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Here's the tutorial on how to create this :


Step 1 - Take a 12 X 5" piece of cardstock and score at 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches.

Step 2 - To create the inside pockets, take TWO pieces of 2 3/4 inches X 5 3/4 inches piece of cardstock.

Step 3 - Score at 1/4 inch TWICE on three sides of this cardstock and fold it to form the pocket. Cut out the two squares on the sides to help create a crisp pocket-fold.

Step 4 - To create handles of the card pouch, you can either use any punch of your choice or a die, I have used Spellbinders Label 4 to create my handles.

After die-cutting the handle looks like this :

Step 5 - To further embellish the handles, create a frame using the same die set. I have distressed it using Hickory Smoke Distress ink. ( I have used the Papericious Craft Sheet & Ink Blending Tool )

Step 6 - To embellish the front & back of the pouch, I have used different pattern papers from Mi Estilo and the Gentleman pack.

The Note card and the co-ordinating envelope were also made using these papers.

For the pouch, I die-cut a scalloped border panel using papers from the Mi Estilo collection and layered it with another paper from the same collection. I then made a handmade flower again die-cut using papers from the Mi Estilo pack. Added few leaves, filler flowers and the sentiment, and my bag was ready :)

For the note-card, I have used die-cuts from the Infinity Collection. I have used three different pattern papers from the Mi Estilo collection.

For the envelope, I have again used a die-cut from the Infinity pack.

Hope you liked the tutorial and give it a try. I would love to hear your views on it :)

Linking this to Eclectic Ellapu- Gifts, Challenge up your life- Lace (Have used paper lace on both the gift bag & envelope), Crafty Catz- Anything but square (entering my bag only), Jo's Scrap Shack - 3 colors (Red, Gray and Green), 2 embellishments (2 kinds of filler flowers and enamel dots), 1 technique- Die-cutting, Just add ink - Just add P (Pattern papers).

Have a nice day everyone!


  1. Love this Hussena!!
    Thank you for sharing the Tutorial
    Dr Sonia

  2. Beautiful packaging and cards Hussena. Lots of lovely details and the tutorial is a lovely bonus too. Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

  3. What a brilliant project! Thank u so much for sharing with us the step wise tutorial! I should definitely try this out! Very inspiring! :)
    Suchi xx

  4. Wonderful project and a wonderful gift. All the elements are pretty and work well together. I love the boldness of the reds against the neutral colours. Chantell JAI

  5. These are all amazing!! I love the designs!! You decorated them beautifully!! And your tutorial is fabulous, too!! Love these!! They're stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Great. Thanks for playing at challenge up your life

  7. Hussena these are absolutely gorgeous!!! WOW.... very pretty and I would be thrilled to receive something so beautiful and handmade! That alone should make you very proud! Thank you for sharing the tutorial also! So very kind of you! Thanks for playing along in our 321 challenge this week at Jo's Scrap Shack! Have a fantastic crafty day!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  8. What a beautiful gift set, Hussena. I love the subtle grey tones with the vibrant red. You've created a really helpful tutorial as well. Thank you for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x

  9. I loved this gift bag. I will definitely give it a try

  10. How wonderful is your project. Thank you for all the instructions too. He is sure going to be looking forward to all the other holidays to come 😉.
    Thanks for joining in over at Ecllectic Ellapu this month.

  11. So pretty. Thank you for joining us over at Jo's Scrap Shack for Funday Friday Challenges.

    Amanda DT

  12. What a lovely gift to give. I'm sure it was much appreciated. I really like your colour choices & all your little details. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink.

  13. Ooooh...it looks really lovely. :)

  14. Wow that is just too cool, I love how the handle is made and the decorating of it is so pretty, the card inside is just so pretty, lovely flower and the text background is perfect, that envelope is awesome. I bet he was touched by all the work you put into this!

  15. Beautiful gift...And I just love th card..its so perfect..Love your work..
    (Your new follower)

  16. Very pretty!!!! Love the gift bags and love the cards! I especially love the card with the rose!!

  17. great tutorial thank you for sharing.

    Asmita pandya

  18. Amazing! So beautiful and the tutorial is so helpful! Thanks for joining us at Challenge up your life!

  19. What a set! I love that little bag. That is very pretty PP.

  20. This is a FABULOUS teacher gift, and a very good tutorial. I am married to a teacher who would be thrilled to receive something so personal and thoughtful!
    Thanks for joining Eclectic Ellapu’s September challenge!

    -DT NieNie