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SAMPLES seaasonal, unmounted, rubberstamps

Unrelated images printed in the same color on the same paper stock take on a coordinated appearance and make interesting gift assortments. Try is with some of your stamps or with any of the gg designs you own.


Laura Trujillo, right, adapted a small bag pattern to serve multiple used during the holidays.

From small treat or gift bags to tree trim to nut cups, once you get used to using it, you'll find the pattern indispensible.


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DIRECTIONS :Gift wrap paper could be used but it is well suited to an easy stamping project.

Stamp an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of copy paper on one side. Cut or tear it in two so that you have two pieces 5 1/2 x 8 1/2".

Fold the top down about 3/4 ". Fold the bottom up 1 1/2". Fold over the left side 1/2". Open these out and crease (score) with fingernail, straight edge or bone folder.

Divide into 5 equal sections (measuring from first top to bottom crease--or see "guesstimate" method below*) and score.Paste the left flap under the outside of the right hand side of the rectangle. Top cuff can overlap to stabilize.


Cut the five vertical folds on the bottom from edge to first horizontal fold. Overlap these and paste or tape to form bottom of bag.

Turn in the top "cuff" and paste or tape if necessary. The eraser end of a pencil is helpful in pressing the pasted flaps together from the inside. If you need to strengthen or stabilize the bottom, cut a pentagon shape (trace around bag) from a shirt cardboard (you do save all the cardboards that come in hosiery/lingerie and other packaged items, don't you?) and insert into completed bag/box.


If you like, you can press the "points" together with your fingers and crease lightly from top edge about half way down the bag--this forms a nice "Christmas Star" top.

* Alternate method: Fold 1/2" lap (approximately) along short side. Fold this (short) edge over to form first side of bag. Needs to be no more than 1 1/2"--a tad smaller is probably safer. Crease/score sharply. Fold over doubled piece and crease again. Repeat until reaching end of paper. If there is a slight overlap, trim it with a scissors.

Change height to use as nut cups on your holiday table.

This is such a versatile pattern/procedure it is unlikely you will be able to "play" with it without devising your own shortcuts and adapted versions.


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