DIY: Start Your Stash: Day 4

November 22, 2012

Bags/Frame Stamps/Twine/Watermark


Watermark ink is a nice way to add a subtle pattern to your projects. It almost makes your paper look like fabric. My “go-to” watermark ink is from Clear & Simple Stamps. Compared to the watermark ink by Versamark, I’ve found that the Clear & Simple stamps version leaves a crisper and more polished stamped impression. The Versamark version leaves a darker image, especially on kraft paper which is a little too intense for my preference. The Clear & Simple Stamps watermark ink also works fabulously as an ink for heat embossing!


I could probably open up a treat bag shop in my craftroom…I own entirely too many! The Glassine & Paper Treat Bags from Whisker Graphics are a must have! They have every size you could need and tons of patterns to choose from. My preference is to purchase plain white, kraft and glassine treat bags because I can stamp them with any pattern I like. Of course, if you are making a lot – you may want to purchase pre-printed patterns to make the assembly process more efficient. Check out today’s projects for creative ways to use these bags!

When building your stash, there are a few versatile stamps sets that will carry you through many occasions and projects. A basic frame stamp set is great staple that can be used in a ton of ways. I searched high and low for a frame set that contained versatile images ink sizes that could be applied to cards, gift packaging and decor. The “Frame It Up” set from Close To My Heart won me over as a great basic frame set. It includes square, oval and circle shapes with simple and elegant borders. Bonus: the CTMH stamp sets come packaged in a great plastic vellum envelope making it easy to keep them organized! Take a trip over the Tina Sutton’s CTMH shop to pick up this set along with other fabulous stamps…and keep your eyes peeled for more CTMH product coming up in the Start You Stash series.

Clean & simple is definitely my aesthetic, so I seldom use large bows on my project. Baker’s twine is the perfect accent for cards and gifts, without adding bulk. Lilly Belle Paperie (via Etsy) carries my ultimate, #1 favorite baker’s twine out there. It’s slightly firmer than other twines that I’ve tried, which results in beautiful bows that won’t flop all over the place. Bonus: LillyBean Paperie packages their twine on adorable spools that you can repurpose for lots of creative projects. Love that. Another bonus: Lilly Belle Paperie is generously offering a 15% discount to all Damask Love readers!! Just enter “DamaskLove” at checkout to receive your savings! Now go shop!!

Click through for today’s projects featuring all these wonderful Start Your Stash supplies…


With today being Thanksgiving, I decided to use my supplies to create an elegant place setting for our table. I transformed the flat kraft treat bag into a dimensional envelope using the same technique shown in this post.  The watermark ink adds subtle texture and a tag made from the basic frame set finishes it off.


DIY Glassine Cookie Treat Bag

For my next project, I doubled up treat bags to create a windowed cookie bag for gift giving. I got this idea after seeing CD envelopes used as cookie containers for gifs…only problem is that the oil from cookies quickly seeps through the CD envelope leaving nasty oil spots…not cute. SO…here’s what I came up with, using what I already have…

1) Place a large circle die inside the Middy Glassine Bag with cutting edge facing up.

2) Slide Middy Glassine Bag into Kraft/White Paper Bag.

3) Run through your die cutting machine creating a circle cut in the front of both.

4) Adhere a piece of Clear Plastic Cardstock on the inside of the circle die cut to create a window.

DIY Glassine Cookie Treat Bag Kraft

DIY Glassine Cookie Treat Bag Green


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59 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 4”

  1. Love your treat bag idea!My favorite side would have to be oven roasted garlic potatoes…and then there’s the sweet potato souffle…yum yum! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love this series, but I have to disagree about the watermark ink. You’ll pry my Versamark from my cold dead hands. 🙂

    My favorite side is sweet potatoes! So delicious, no matter how you cook them!

  3. I guess pumpkin pie isn’t exactly a side dish, but is my favorite Thanksgiving dish nonetheless. Sweet potatoes are pretty great too!

  4. How can I pick a favorite side dish?!!!! Too many great things to eat. Today my daughter-in-law fixed a delicious mac and chez … ate more than I should have, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?!!

  5. I love those super cute treat bags!

    My favorite side dish is a family favorite ukrainian dish. They are little breads filled with potato and cottage cheese, baked, then smothered with a cream and dill sauce….mmmm and only calorie free on special holidays…lol!

  6. Honestly, it differs depending on the occasion/holiday, but for Thanksgiving, it’s my sister’s sweet potatoes. I actually don’t like any other sweet potatoes, but I lover her recipe.

  7. I know it may sound old fashioned but I love me some “Snap Green Beans w/White potatos” just like the ones my grandma used to pick from her field. Any also our family sought after “Mac ‘n Cheese”

  8. Sweet potatoes. Our family recipe is not the usual cassarole topped with marshmallows. You cut cooked sweet potatoes in half and put in an orange/brown sugar/butter sauce.

  9. It’s funny that my sister and brother always request that I bring my green bean casserole to their homes when they’re hosting dinners … but for me, I like the plain and simple variety of veggies: I had sides of sweet peas and corn yesterday!

  10. I love stuffing, too!! Since Thanksgiving isn’t my culture, I’m still learning the traditional Thanksgiving foods, so my BF is in charge of all and I’m an assistant. The best part is I get to sample while he is cooking!! Happy Thanksgiving weekend 🙂

  11. My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving would have to be the traditional green bean casserole – I could make a complete meal of it!

  12. We had corn bread stuffing too but my favorite is corn bread casserole! Yummm! Thanks for the super series! Can’t wait to see what you feature next

  13. My favorite for Thanksgiving is Sausage Stuffing! Turkey dinner just doesn’t take right to me without it! Thanks for an awesome series. Even though I’m not a beginner, I’m still learning about some great new sources of materials. Loving it!

  14. My favorite side dish for the holidays is Baked Macaroni and Cheese casserole. My mom always baked it on the holidays along with a ton of other dishes. We had Kraft mac n cheese all the time but we only had the baked casserole on the holidays and it will always be my favorite.

  15. We make a sweet potato casserole that it soooo good. Tastes more like dessert than a side dish – maybe that’s why we like it so much!

  16. I just tried two new dishes (I always do that just to add some drama)- sweet potato casserole and homemade cranberry sauce, saw these on the cooking channel, sooo good and really easy – got to love that!

  17. Never knew you could do so much with the bags. My fav. special occasion side dish is my Father-in-laws sausage stuffing.

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