I’ve gotten all of the canvas bags made and ready to fill for my nephews graduation party coming up next month…I made 40 of them all together.
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After I got them all stitched up…I stamped “survival bag” on them using my Justrite Letter stamps and horizontal stamper…I used archival waterproof ink. I then laid them out on top of newspaper so that I could give them a little camouflage effect. I mixed my own paint mists. I found some spritz bottles at Michael’s…added in some regular acrylic paint and a little water. I don’t have exact ratios, but there should be more paint to the water…I want to say 3 to 1 ratio. You want it thin…but not too runny…so depending on the paint you use, this may differ. I shook it til it was nice and mixed up and then started spraying across the bags. I felt I got a more random pattern then spraying them individually. I used four different colors of paint, 2 shades of green and 2 shades of brown. To get the different types of splattering, I just sprayed from different heights…the closer you are the bigger the splatters.
After I was finished spraying those, I also sprayed a few manila tags that will be attached to the baskets that will house the favor bags at the party. There will be separate baskets for men, women and kids as we will put different things inside them, so the tags will differentiate that. I also made tags to attach to the bags, you can see what one looks like in the photo below. Those were sprayed with the paint as well. I first used some picket fence distress stain on them to help seal the pores of the wooden tags. I tried stamping one without doing this and noticed the ink bled a bit. After the distress stain was dry, I stamped and then sprayed with the paint. These were made a few days before so that I could spray everything at once. Once the tags were dry, I added some distress ink to the edges. I think I used Vintage Photo.
This is a mock up of what the bags will look like when done. They all have camouflage ribbon on them. A dark camo print on the ones for the men/boys and a lighter one for the women/girls. You are probably wondering what the “I survived 5” means. Well…that’s how long it took my nephew to finish university with all of the classes he had to take!
So, what do you think?
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