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Julie Andrews may be a fan of tying her paper packaging up with string, but I’m going a different route. The combination of  sparkly glitter and rustic neutral tones is one of my faves…so I’m sharing some fun “Brown Paper Swag” projects and products with you this week.

Today’s “Brown Paper Swag” combo is all about burlap and gold…are you loving this yet? I decided to try my hand at heat-embossing on fabric and the results are pretty cool. Here’s what I did:

Heat Embossed Burlap Bag Instructions

1) Smear the glue on a piece of paper or a piece of fun foam using the foam brush. This will create a “glue pad.”

TIP: I use this method rather than a traditional glue pad or an embossing ink because the flatness of the fun foam will allow you to get glue ONLY on the polka dot pattern on the stamp instead of the spaces in between. This will make it much easier to get a clean pattern on your fabric. Also, the thickness of the glue is great for getting the embossing powder to adhere nicely to the fabric. I did not have nearly as much success when using an embossing ink pad.

2) Insert chipboard into the bag so that the fabric is taut.

3) Dab your stamp in the thin layer of glue then stamp the glue on to the fabric bag.

4) Sprinkle on embossing powder, then use heat gun to set the embossing powder. Repeat until the bag is complete.

TIP: When heat embossing fabric, keep the heat gun moving – unless you like the smell and look of singed fabric!

Project Specs: Bag measures 7.5″ x 4.5″ with 4bar card set

Heat Embossed Burlap Bag Stationery Set

To keep the “Brown Paper Swag” going I created a simple stationery set using neutrals and gold. The wreath image is from Paper Smooches Potpourri set, which is one of my Start Your Stash Must Haves. I added a glittery bow and included some simple glitter stickers which I punched from gold glittered wrapping paper.


Once packed up, a tag adds a smidge of color to the neutral mix!


{TAG} Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Holiday | Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #6 | Dee’s Distinctive Dies Pine Sprigs | Papertrey Ink Simply Chartreuse Cardstock | Clear & Simple Stamps Circles Plus {CARD SET} Paper Smooches Reflections | Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers | Martha Stewart Bow Punch 

Heat Embossed Burlap Bag Stationery Set Tag

So what do you think? Are you excited for some Brown Paper Swag?! Lord knows I love glitter, so I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming projects!


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20 thoughts on “Brown Paper Swag: Gold Embossed Burlap

  1. Super results!!! Love this look. I wouldn’t have thought about embossing on fabric. I’m going to give this a try. It’s so gorgeous and what a wonderful way to dress up that little bag.

  2. Such a fun project!! I do have a question, tho—do you ruin your clear stamp with this glue method…how do you clean the stamp so you can use it again?

    1. Nancy – really good question! The glue does not do any damage to the stamp. I was able to wash off the glue but just running it under lukewarm water. If for any reason the glue dries onto your stamp, you can just peel it off and then use the stamps as usual.

  3. Burlap is the kraft paper of fabric. I love the look of it when combined with other things. I love this as an envelope or box alternative for a set of cards.
    Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

    1. LOL! Yep – I made the bag but only because I ruined 3 store-bought ones as I was trying out this technique! In the end, I was forced to break out the sewing machine!

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