Halloween Treat Bags

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Welcome to HYBRID MONDAY here at Deena’s Blog! I am Creative Team member, Sandy Henderson, and excited to share this project with you today. Since Halloween is only just days away, I had to get in a few more DIY Halloween HYBRID idea for how to give out some goodies that look as good (or even better) than they taste. Here is a list of supplies I used to create today’s project:

Around my house, the best thing about Halloween is the candy…even my 18 year old who is 6’5″ wishes he could still get away with Trick or Treating! Yeah, right…maybe if he walked on his knees and wore a mask or something. I was thinking about how I would like to present candy to my special friends and neighbors, and when I saw Deena’s newest Halloween Collection-Happy Haunting 2-the ideas just started flowing. I had picked up some bags previously at Michael’s thinking I wanted to print onto them, stamp something, or use them for some kind of crafting project. I knew this would be a perfect way to put some of those bags to use! As usual, I have included lots of photos so you can see what I have made from start to finish. Let’s get started!

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Because I DO have a Silhouette, there is no other way I want to create my HYBRID projects! (No, I am in no way being compensated for saying this…I wish) I do all  of my designing inside the Silhouette Software, however you can also pull up the images you wish to use in your photo editing software of choice. If you have the ability to mask papers onto different .png shapes, you will be in business. You will simply print and cut them out by hand; not too difficult. In the image above you will see some of the elements I chose to include on my treat bags. For the haunted house, I filled in the windows with a yellow colored paper, then overlaid an owl, pumpkin, spider, and sentiment, thereby creating a flattened layer of my haunted house. I also filled the cat and bird with some of the yummy pattern papers. Using the Background Cards Pack, I just cut two patterns from plain white paper to use as a mask. More about that soon…

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This is what my paper looks like after it has come out of my printer, before I send it to be cut. Notice those dotted lines on the birds? I used a feature in the Silhouette software to make it look like I hand inked around them with a pen. I also used that same technique on some other elements I printed out. It adds some fun contrast a personal touch, in my opinion.

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Here is an example of how simple it would be to print out your desired elements and then just cut around them to create a Trick or Treat tag such as this one. The owl is actually adhered between the notecard backing and the label, giving it height and presence on the tag; then I simply tied some twine around the notecard and behind the owl for interest. If you don’t have access to a digital cutter, use a utility knife to follow along the inner shapes on the background card to cut out the shapes so they are ready for masking.

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TIME FOR MASKING! I love to use masking on my projects. Simply put–masking is to cover certain areas of your “project”, while letting other areas be open and able to receive color, texture, etc…a stencil if you will.  In digital scrapping, we refer to masking when you “clip” a paper or photo to another shape or brush work. We are essentially doing the same thing here, but with a physical product and potentially a little more mess (I LOVE the mess). On my project I cut two of the four cards out, slightly enlarged, to entirely cover my bag. This bag is small; it measures only 3.50 x 6.75, so it wasn’t hard to increase the masking area. I have my own craft store at my fingertips, because I am a craft junkie/hoarder (much to my husbands dismay, sometimes); so I decided to use two techniques for masking my bags. The first was to apply ink directly to the mask/stencil. I used a sponge dauber to apply ink and pressure in random openings, with varying degrees of strength for interest. The other bags were treated with spray mists. I used Heidi Swapp’s Peach Color Shine (LOVE HER SPRAYS) and a Glimmer Mist purple shimmer on another one. They both have shimmering qualities, perfect for the look I was going for! Now my bags are prepped, and I am ready to decorate them!

**Disclosure: I had so much fun putting the different cut outs on my bags, rearranging things, layering, adding bling, etc. that I totally spaced on taking pictures of this part. SO SORRY! I am sure by looking at the final product, you will get the gist of what I did. When it came to securing the pieces to the bag I used some glue, sticky dots, pop-dots, and some dimensional lines (They give things a raised look, but come in a long skinny strip. I got them forever ago…and I am close to running out. YIKES!).

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After the bags were complete, I used a couple of options for closures/toppers. In the photo above, I cut a strip of black chalkboard cardstock (to match the look of Deena’s elements) from a 6×6 paper pad at 2.5 ” wide. I adhered strong double sided tape to both ends on the BLACK SIDE; that way when I pressed it against the inner bag it would have a nice clean look. On this purple bag, I also used some deco-edge scissors to trim off the top for some added interest. The other two bags I made with the exact same enclosures. I  folded the bags shut with the tops matching, and using a paper hole punch, made two holes about 1.5″ apart. To close, on one I treaded a ribbon and a tied a bow; the other I used some orange tinsel twine. As an added bonus, and to have a treat on the outside of the bag as well, I threaded the stick of a tootsie roll pop through the holes and it worked perfectly!

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Here are what a few of the bags look like finished. Aren’t they adorable? I love how easy it is to mix and match Deena’s cut file shapes, pre-made elements, and beautiful papers. You are only limited by your imagination! I am a believer in dimension; both digitally and in my paper crafting. Pieces that sit on top of and lift away from others creates so much more interest than a flat piece of paper. I also love the use of texture; as demonstrated by the ribbons, twines, and rhinestones.

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How fun would this be to receive from a friend? There is still time! You can be that friend that whips up something just a little extra special for the people that matter in your life. What’s more…apply the principles from this project to other holidays and seasons…you will look at gift wrapping, home decor, and gift-giving in a whole new way by adding  just a little extra personal touch that speaks from your heart.

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 Remember that Trick or Treat tag with the owl I made? I don’t know about you…but I think it dresses up this plate of delicious German Chocolate Cake squares in a simple but truly effective way. What do you think?

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I cut out lots of designs so I could get my “craft on”…and made this super-cute card as well. On my projects, I have added some brads with a rhinestone spider, fuzzy ghosts, bats; scrolling rhinestones, and black rhinestones for eyes to my projects just to take it to the next level (and I had them). If you don’t have those things, don’t worry! Create something today that speaks from your heart. Make a tray of goodies to bring to a Halloween party with some natural greenery, interesting netting, a hand-made/heartfelt card, and lots of CANDY. I hope that you have been inspired to use your digital elements in ways you may not have thought of before; and I hope that you will actually MAKE SOMETHING! I promise it will lift your spirits and brighten someone else’s day. HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone; be careful out there!

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