Graphic 45 Imagine Collection Paper Bag Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Collection Paper Bag Card Tutorial

For this Paper Bag Card tutorial I’ll be taking you step by step on how to construct a Paper Bag Card using the Graphic 45 Imagine Collection Ephemera & Journaling Cards and Sticker Sheet.  This project takes under an hour and it costs under $10.

 Graphic 45 Imagine Collection Paper Bag Card Tutorial

We begin our paper bag card with a simple black paper gift sack. We fold it in half and use our bone folder to make a fine crease.

Paper Bag Card Tutorial

Tip: Don’t throw away your Graphic 45 packaging.  I find their packaging to be quite beautiful and you can use it in an array of projects!  

Graphic 45 card tutorial

That’s right! We’re using the Ephemera and Journaling Cards packaging to make the background for our front panel! You’ll just do some “eye measuring” and trim it to fit the front panel of your paper bag card.

Graphic 45 card tutorial

We’re also going to do this on the inside panel of our card. We trim this piece down to size, adhere it to the bag, underneath the flap, and then we create a pocket by gluing the outer edges of the bag flap.  This pocket will hold a gift card.

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Tip:  Always use glue when creating pockets.  If you use double-sided tape, you’ll run the chance of items getting stuck on the tape.

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Now we’ll use one of the 4×6 journaling cards to add to our pocket panel.  In this instance, I’m using the Post Card (with roses) card.  Again, we “eye measure” and with a pen mark the spots where we want to trim.

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Due to the direction of the other card I’m using, it falls shorter than what I’d like it to be.  However, there’s a quick fix to this.  With the remaining Graphic 45 packaging, I cut a strip about a half an inch wide, and glue it on the edge of the card.  I then round off the bottom corners with an edge-punch, ink around the edges, and glue it to the other panel of our card.

Graphic 45 Card Making Tutorial

With our inside panels complete, we go on to embellish the front of our paper bag card.

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I use a 3×4 ephemera card on the top, a fussy-cut stamp to cover part of the bottom, and then fussy-cut roses to add dimension to the front of our card.

graphic 45 card making tutorial

I also use a couple of stickers from the Imagine collection for a pop of color to the inside of our card.

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And with a hot-glue-gun on hand, I add a jute string bow.  To top off the bow, I hot-glue a fussy-cut butterfly from the ephemera pack.

Graphic 45 Imagine Collection Paper Bag Card Tutorial

Tip:  Use hints of gold to add elegance to any paper crafting project.  And remember, less is more.

I hope you find this Card Making Idea inspirational and easy to do. I’ve put together a video tutorial for you to follow.  Let me know what you think of this card idea in the comments section below.  Until next time. Happy crafting!

Video Tutorial

Graphic 45 Supply List

  • Imagine Collection Ephemera & Journaling Cards
  • Imagine Sticker Sheet

Other Supplies

  • Black Paper Gift Sack
  • Jute String
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pop-dots
  • Mounting Tape
  • Bone Folder (optional)
  • Gold Sequin (optional)
  • Large beads for ends of jute string (optional)

About Sandi Nagel

Hello and welcome to Decor8yourlife! I'm a stay-at-home mom who runs a Web Development and Marketing Consulting business from home. During my down time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, decorating my home and paper crafting! I have a YouTube channel of the same name, where I share easy, DIY handmade cards, mini albums and more! Follow me throughout social media and see what projects we can make together!🌺 🌺 🌺 Need help building or maintaining your Wordpress Website? Contact me at I offer reasonable rates! 🌺 🌺 🌺

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