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Welcome to Holiday Blitz Day 13!  For today’s project I adapted a Top Note Genie Bag to be a Genie Bag and a card in one and I’m going to show you how to make it with a step-by-step tutorial! It’s the perfect way to package up a little treat and include a little note at the same time.  You can see a side view of the Genie Bag below:

In the picture below you can see the “card” portion of the genie bag.

Stamps: Winter Post, Thank You Kindly, Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Riding Hood Red CS, Very Vanilla CS
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa Classic ink
Accessories: small kraft treat bags, Top Note die, Big Shot, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, stampin’ sponge, word window punch, candy cane ribbon, personal paper trimmer with scoring blade.

Okay, let’s get started:

Step 1: You’re going to need to cut two Top Note die cut shapes out of Riding Hood Red CS and one out of Very Vanilla.

Step 2: Center the Very Vanilla Top Note onto the Riding Hood Red (but DO NOT STICK IT DOWN) and hold in place while you punch out a handle using the word window punch.

Step 3: Now take your Very Vanilla Top Note and score it about 1/4″ below the bottom of the word window “handle”

Step 4: Now it’s time to stamp on your Very Vanilla Top Note. Trim around the edge of the Top Note (along the dotted line) so that it will be able to mat onto the red.  I started by stamping the couple from Winter Post.  I then created a mask with a Post-It Note and covered the couple. Once the couple was covered with the mask I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree.  Lastly I sponged all the edges.  Add a bit of glitter if desired. Once your vanilla CS piece is stamped you can then fold along the score line. Set aside.

Step 5: Take one of your Riding Hood Red Top Notes and stamp a snowflake in Riding Hood Red and then your greeting in Chocolate Chip ink.

Step 6: You’re now going to need a small kraft treat bag.  (same style as the paper lunch bags but a lot smaller.  I got mine at a paper supply store). I cut the bag so that it was only 2 1/2″ tall. Place sticky strip on the left and right sides.

Step 7: Flip the Riding Hood Red piece you stamped over so that you are looking at the back of it.  Remove the red backing from the sticky strip on the kraft bag and stick down to the Top Note die. You’ll notice that I aligned it along the bottom edge of the die without it overhanging the top note. To attach the back Top Note, you’ll need to put sticky strip on either side of the remaining side of the kraft bag, remove the backing and then attach the back Top Note.

Step 8: Once you have both the front and back Top Note dies attached to your bag, you are now going to attach the stamped vanilla piece.  Place 2-way glue on the TOP portion of the vanilla CS piece (i.e. only ABOVE the score line).

Step 9: Stick your vanilla CS piece to the front red Top Note and then tie a Candy Cane ribbon through the handles to hold closed.  You’re done!