From Shopping Bag to Gift Bag

This brown paper shopping bag was converted into a fall gift bag with a foliage theme.  I took a 6" x 8" (15 cm x 20 cm) bag and with some stamping made it fun to give again.  How did I take a 3" x 4" background rubber stamp and hide the seams? The secret is tissue paper. 

Photo below shows our Fleur De Lis Rubber Stamp stamped 4 times using Ranger's Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.  No alignment tools were used.  BEFORE FOLDING:
Tissue paper is so easy to fold that you simply crease along, hiding the white in-between areas.  AFTER FOLDING:
 
For this sized bag, our Fleur de Lis stamp fits 4 times perfectly. 
Photo Below: For the other side, I used our Burlwood Background Rubber Stamp.  That stamp measures 3.75" x 5.75" and only had to be stamped 2 times. 
Each side of the bag has a centerpiece of a leaf or leaves stamped on watercolor paper and colored in with Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils. 
Photo above features our Elm Leaves Rubber Stamp
Photo above features our Autumn Leaf Rubber Stamp.
I had saved this bag from a store.  It said, "Please Recycle" in bold letters across the front so that's what I did.  I love the look of craft colored paper and with some walnut stain distress ink, and brightly colored in centerpieces, this bag has been up-cycled to "gift bag" status!

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