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Christmas Gift Bags Mixed Media Style

It’s a Gelli Christmas at my house this year!  I am thinking of others when I take time to experiment and play with my Gelli plate.  Aren’t I  generous with my time when it comes to the Gelli plate?

For each of the gift bags below I picked a piece of book text that I Gelli printed.  Next, I  printed out digital images and glued it all together onto gift bags.  Fast. Affordable.  But most of all, fun to give!


I was playing with layer after layer of paint.  Once again, I found freedom in the prints I didn’t love because I was willing to keep experimenting with them.  I find it magical the way the colors change as the next layer of paint is added.  The one used above came together with the last layer and called to my surfing Santa from Finecrafted Designs.


Who would have thought Dina Wakley’s paint lids stencil with the Peek A Boo stencil would go so wonderfully with a snowman from Holliewood Studios?  That’s another reason I love my Gelli plate- I get such unexpected treasures!



This Santa, from  Sherrie JD, was right at home on my big manilla tag.  I had liked where this print was headed until I put the silver on top – or so I thought.  When I had Santa cut out he fit there as if the tag had been waiting for him.  A little Christmas magic like that needs extra sparkle so I added a subtle touch of silver glitter.

Are you buying and making lots of goodies for family and  friends? Would you like to shop for yourself guilt free?  Over at Fall Fearless and Fly there is still time to get in on the latest challenge and win a gift certificate from BlueMoonScrapbooking (where I get most of my stencils as well as other goodies) so you can go buy yourself anything you want!

Grateful to be sharing this with Insprire Me Monday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Show Me What You Got, Creative Every Day and Art Journal Every Day!


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  • artmusedog and Carol December 3, 2012, 9:37 am

    Carolyn ~ these are wonderful ~ very creative and colorful ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

    ps. what is gelli printing?

  • elle December 3, 2012, 9:50 am

    What a great idea!

  • Maria @ LSS December 3, 2012, 10:56 am

    Love the bags. Happy MOM.

    Orange Bike

  • Corrine December 3, 2012, 10:59 am

    Looks perfect, especially your Santa beach stylin dude! I would be delighted with these…how fun will those bags look under the tree! xox

  • Cynthia December 3, 2012, 1:44 pm

    LOL!!! I almost spit out my lunch I was laughing so hard over that Santa!!! LOVE IT!!!!! These bags are just awesome in every way!!

  • Rinda December 3, 2012, 1:54 pm

    These are so fantastic and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I love them!

  • tina December 3, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Love these!.. Really CUTE!!

  • Valerie-Jael December 3, 2012, 3:42 pm

    These are really gorgeous! Valerie

  • Susan Tidwell December 3, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Fantastic idea for using mixed media! I must get a gelli plate.

  • Claudette December 3, 2012, 5:23 pm

    Those are so delightful! Wonderful as always!

  • Marjie Kemper December 3, 2012, 6:56 pm

    What fabulous gift bags! Wearing a big old grin over here as I ogle them.

  • Maria McGuire December 3, 2012, 8:41 pm

    What a FABULOUS idea 🙂 LOVE, LOVE it!

  • Lori December 3, 2012, 11:33 pm

    These are great! They are fun, colourful full of spark!! The snowman looks so sweet posing in front of the lovely orange backdrop. Thank you for sharing him on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Rita McGregor December 4, 2012, 9:29 am

    Cute bags!! The Santa in shorts cracks me up.
    Oh, yes! I just shopped without guilt (and with great joy!) for myself and Karma at Amazon.com–LOL! 😉

  • froebelsternchen December 4, 2012, 2:01 pm

    great giftbags.. cool and fab!

  • Donna Harris December 4, 2012, 2:38 pm

    These are so cute! I love that you have used orange and made it work with Christmas colors!

    • Carolyn December 5, 2012, 9:07 am

      Funny that I use red the least in my art but here it just worked!

  • Wanda Hentges December 4, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Love these!!!

  • Dina December 5, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Way cute, you should sell ’em!

  • Mary Walker December 6, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Santa doesn’t look like he’s ready to get to work yet, thanks for sharing with SMWYG!

  • Mari Carmen December 6, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Love all of them!!!! They are fantastic! 🙂

  • Linda K December 7, 2012, 2:27 pm

    LOVE your creative bags -which are a gift themselves! Gotta love that gelli plate too 🙂

  • Erika N December 7, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Fun bags. Aren’t those gelli plates the BEST?

  • Lori W at Art Camp for Women December 8, 2012, 9:13 am

    Carolyn, I might just get some time for this! Thanks for coming over to keepanartjournal.com and commenting, it means a lot to me! Lori W at Art Camp for Women

  • Create With Joy December 8, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Fabulous as always Carolyn!
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Inspire Me Monday at

    Create With Joy

  • Anne December 11, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Very cute and whimsical! <3