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Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with quick Sizzix Tutorial on how to create a fun little treat bag for Halloween using the Bag, Coupon/Mini Shopping bag die by Eileen Hull, Prima Enchanted Sizzix Framelits, Tim Holtz Gothic Boo Bigz, and finally my Sizzix eclips2 die cutting machine.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Ever since I received my Sizzix eclips 2, I love combining traditional die cutting with electronic die cutting.  I recently opened up the new Sizzix eShape store, and was immediately drawn to another world full of creating possibilities.  Not to bombard you all at once, I decided to concentrate on a single little black cat to use for my project.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

I used some clear rock candy crackle paint along with some glitter card stock to give the bag some texture, and to keep it vintage, I added some handmade orange/black crepe paper fringe, distressing ink and a little metal skull all the bottom.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

For the top of the bag, I fashioned a simple handle from pattern paper before gluing it to the inside of the bag.

Okay...let's get started on the treat bag.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

The first step is importing Posing Cat by Sharyn Sowell from the eshape store.  After it's purchased, it's a simple download into your library.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Next step is to open up Posing Cat and he will then appear on your cutting mat.  At this time I resized the cat to 3.120"H x 2.214"W, I centered him on my mat where I wanted it to cut, then loaded the mat with my material adhered to it into my eclips2, and pressed Cut.  It's that simple!!! Seriously!

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

After it cuts, this is what your image looks like. Unload the mat from your eclips2 and peel off your image.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Next, I painted the cat with Clear Rock Candy Distress paint, and set him aside to dry.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Now let's get to work on the treat bag.  First choose your pattern papers and die cut using the Bag, Coupon/Mini Shopping die, using an Extended Crease Pad. This is a ScoreBoards XL die which is for use with Mat Board, but for this project we're going to be using double sided patterned paper.

Hey!!  How'd that candy corn pumpkin get there???

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

To die cut using a Extended Crease Pad, I first lay a Extended Cutting Pad down, followed by the die, (blade side up), then the paper I am going to cut, followed by a Extended Crease Pad on top. Put this sandwich through your Big Shot, (or Big Shot Pro like I am using in my pics), then crank it on through.  If you are using a Big Shot Pro, line your Sliding Tray first with the Adapter Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Next up, you will want to die cut your Prima Enchanted Framelits frames and the numbers 31.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

To die cut the Framelits, use a Magnetic Platform first, then lay down a cutting pad, next is your paper, followed by the Framelits, (cutting side down), followed by another cutting pad.  Run this sandwich through your die cutter. The 31 is from Gothic Boo and as a Bigz Die, you layer your paper on the cutting side of your die, sandwich it between a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and put it through your Big Shot Machine.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Once you have all your pieces, assembly is a piece of cake...literally! Lol!  First adhere the sides of the bag to the front and back of bag using a bead of hot glue.  Next layer your frames, followed by the posing cat die cut, next add the numbers, and finally add a chipboard Halloween to the front. Adhere the whole medallion to the bag using some hot glue.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

For the top of the bag, adhere some orange & black crepe paper fringe.  You can purchase crepe paper fringe or make it yourself.  It's very easy to make yourself. Lay 5 layers of alternating orange & black crepe paper on top of each other, then machine stitch down the middle of all the layers. Next using scissors, cut ever 1/4" down the length of the fringe on both sides, up to the sewing line.  Crunch in your hands, and that's it. Super easy.

Sizzix Tutorial | Black Cat Treat Bag by Hilary Kanwischer

Add your handle and a metal skull and crossbones at the bottom.  Stuff your bag full of goodies and you're all set!  Your recipient will simply love it!

I hope I've inspired you to create your own, and if you don't have an eclips2 yet....you'll want to add it to your Christmas wish list, it's a must-have cutter!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Happy Halloween!

Hilary Kanwischer

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock, (orange & black)
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Hot glue
  • Chipboard banner
  • Metal skull & crossbones, (Tim Holtz)
  • Vintage photo distressing ink
  • Clear rock candy distress paint
  • Foam brush
  • Crepe paper fringe
  • Lots of candy corn

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