Friday, July 21, 2017

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens

My kids love to eat home lunch, but sometimes after a while they get tired of my boring, brown lunch bags. So for this back-to-school craft, I wanted to show you how you can dress up lunch bags to create something beautiful, sophisticated, and uplifting. Here's a look at the lunch bags we are going to create today:

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil

Stamped and Stenciled Lunch Bag:

1. For this project, we'll be using white lunch bags. You can find them on Amazon HERE. We'll also be using stencils, gold and black stamping inks, a few stamps, and an acrylic block to stamp on each bag. You can find all the products listed in the products section below.

2. Place a stencil on the bottom of the bag. Using an ink dauber, ink the dauber on the gold stamping ink pad. Repeatedly daub the ink through the stencil onto the lunch bag. For the first design I only inked a diagonal line of pattern through the stencil.

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil

You can also create your own pattern like stripes by using Washi Tape to tape off part of the bag. Apply ink with the dauber to the open design and then remove the tape to reveal the striped pattern.

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil

3. For the sentiment use either alphabet stamps or sentiment stamps to stamp a word, message, or the child's name on the front of the bag. Try adding inspirational quotes for something that's sure to make your child smile.

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil


4. When the lunch sack is filled, you can add a tassel to the top of the bag with a gold clothespin.

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil


Lunch Bags for Teens

Here is a closer look at each bag. Try mixing up colors to make it more masculine, or try a different stencil style to create a new look. You could also use brown lunch bags for an entirely new design. There's no reason a lunch bag needs to be boring. Make yours a bit more magical with these quick and easy steps.


Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil
 (Randomly stenciled confetti dot design.)

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil
 (Diagonal stenciled design.)

Stenciled and Stamped Lunch Bags for Teens by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #lunchbag #lunchsack #stamping #stencil
(Taped off stripe design.)

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Lunch Bags for Teens
 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"For You" Stenciled Background Card

Are you enjoying these weekly card ideas? I hope you're feeling inspired and are trying some of the techniques I'm sharing with you. All this month, I'm sharing how a stencil can really dress up your cards. This week's "Jen's Card" is a "For You" card with a gold, misted background that really makes the card shine. Echo Park Paper generously donated many of the products shown today, and I want to give them a shout out for the amazing goodies!

"For You" Stenciled Card Background by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #stencil #jengallacher #card #embossingfolder #diecutting #echoparkpaper


To create this card, I taped the stencil on top of the light coral cardstock and then used Heidi Swapp gold mist to mist the stencil. I let it drive overnight (I really wanted it dry). Then I added a layer of darker coral cardstock to the bottom of the card. This strip was embossed with an embossing folder from Echo Park. I layered some white branches, green palm leaves, and black stems to create some visual impact on my card. The "For You" die cut phrase is layered on a gold die cut circle. There is a LOT of drama in card, and I think one of my girl friends would really love this card.

Take a closer look at this card and pin your favorite images for inspiration later!

"For You" Stenciled Card Background by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #stencil #jengallacher #card #embossingfolder #diecutting #echoparkpaper

"For You" Stenciled Card Background by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com. #stencil #jengallacher #card #embossingfolder #diecutting #echoparkpaper


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Joy" Stenciled Background Card

Welcome back to this month's "Jen's Cards" series. This week I'm sharing how you can use a polka dot stencil to create a random background pattern for a card. What makes it even more special? I used a gold ink. Be sure to check out all of my Jen's Cards HERE on my Pinterest page. I share a new card each Wednesday here on my blog, so make a note to visit each week for some beautiful card ideas. I want to thank Echo Park for generously donating many of the supplies show. I LOVE working with them!

"Joy" Stenciled Background Card by Jen Gallacher. Learn how to use a stencil to create a random pattern for your card backgrounds. #jengallacher #card #stencil #diecutting #stamping


To create this card, I lay a polka dot stencil on white cardstock. Then I randomly inked some of the circles with gold ink and an ink dauber. The dauber gave me a little bit more control over the pattern I wanted to create. I gently lifted the stencil to see if I liked the pattern and ended up adding a few more inked circles. The strip of blue across the card is stamped with a stripe background stamp. And then there are lots of white and gold accents. Don't be afraid to cut typically colored shapes from white cardstock. It's a really on-trend look that you're sure to love.

Here's a closer look at the card. Be sure to pin your favorite images.

"Joy" Stenciled Background Card by Jen Gallacher. Learn how to use a stencil to create a random pattern for your card backgrounds. #jengallacher #card #stencil #diecutting #stamping

"Joy" Stenciled Background Card by Jen Gallacher. Learn how to use a stencil to create a random pattern for your card backgrounds. #jengallacher #card #stencil #diecutting #stamping

"Joy" Stenciled Background Card by Jen Gallacher. Learn how to use a stencil to create a random pattern for your card backgrounds. #jengallacher #card #stencil #diecutting #stamping

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