Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dreamweaver Quick Gift Ideas

 This month's theme is Holidays in a Hurry.  My quick "gift wrap" idea is perfect for that gift card or small gift--and it is reusable year after year!  I actually got the idea for a fabric bag as wrapping from a woman who was shopping at Joann.  I just couldn't shake the idea.  Here is the very simple process that I used:

Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 917 Holiday Greetings
2 Stencil Brushes (either gold handled or blue handled)
Removable Tape
Small Canvas Bag (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, and the price tag said it was $1.50)
Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Pearl Scarlet, Velveteen Green and Matte Tropical Green
Cardboard cut to fit inside the bag
Craft Knife
Paper Towel
Scrap Paper


1)  Insert the cardboard into the bag

 2)  Position the stencil over the top of the bag and tape lightly in place with Removable Tape.

3)  Place a little red paint on a plastic lid or piece of scrap paper.

4) Tap the stencil brush into the paint and rub a little off on the paper towel.

5)  Lightly stencil the color over the area that you would like to have red.  You may have to push down lightly on the stencil to make it flat with the canvas.  That is what I had to do here.  You can see how it is raised.  Be careful not to push too hard, or you may bend the stencil.

6)  Once you have finished the areas that you want red, repeat the process with the darker green.  If you overlap some of the green on the red, it just creates a little shadow.

7)  Highlight the leaves a little with the lighter color.  Then remove the stencil and let the paint dry.

 8)  Use the tip of the craft knife to scrape off any paint that may have migrated into an unwanted area.

 9)  You can also use the craft knife to replace a little of the paint in areas that you may not have gotten completely. You could use a paint brush if you prefer.  Of course, even doing these last two steps is your choice.

I hope you enjoyed my easy little project.  Stop by to check out the other blogs this week.

Have a great holiday season.  I will see you next time.


  1. Wow, Laura! this is striking! Love love love the bright colors....Soooo Christmasy! What a cute little blank bag you've found to create on too!

  2. Lovely...thanks for sharing how you did it step be step...great info.!

  3. What a fun gift bag, and that stencil fits perfectly! Great tip about using the cardboard while stenciling.

  4. Wow Laura, what a beautiful technique and project!!!!

  5. Great tutorial. Colors are super bold and this is such a useful little gift!

  6. Great project! And great directions! Thank you for sharing.