Hello, dear Altenew friends! It’s Virginia here and I am super excited to share a DIY project today.  Like you, I am a huge fan of our monthly Build-A-Flower feature. The last two months’ flowers (Camellia and Aster) are hugely popular and here’s to add another reason why they are your ESSENTIAL craft supplies!

Due to the larger size and convenience (with the matching die), these flowers are ideal for creating a DIY projects! Need a bag in a jiffy and don’t want to rush out to buy one? All you need is a plain paper bag and you are good to go. You can readily get these plain bags from your local dollar store or craft store.

I took the easiest approach to create these flowers in the following steps:

1. Spray Metallic Shimmer Ink on watercolor card stock. Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, Ruby Red, Frosty Pink, Forest Glades and Frayed Leaf were used here.

2. Spray a few spritz of water would help spreading and blending the colors. Let dry or dry with a heat gun.

3. Emboss Build-a-Flower Aster in white, make the die cut.

4. Stamp leaves on gift bag and assemble the flowers with double-sided tape.

5. Add tiny splatter with Forest Glades and Frayed Leaf

6. Add a touch of shimmer with the Gold Glitter tape from New Day Card Kit.

Since I have all the supplies out, I may as well create a matching tag (see top right corner)!

While I was still having so much fun, I made a square card! This time, I gold-embossed the sketch image from Aster onto a piece of heat-resistant acetate.


Adding a piece of Gold Foil Card Stock also helps brings out the colors and shine.

I hope today’s post inspires you to create your own floral gift bags, tags and cards!

And it certainly is hip to be square as this square card says it all. Thanks for stopping by!

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