TTTPL Gift Bags

Last week we revisited a popular project: Handmade Gift Bags

As you probably already know, I am a member of a small die-cutting collective.  We own a table top die cutting machine that moves between studios as it is needed.  Depending on who I'm talking to, its name is Delila the "Die-Cutter" or "The Beast".

It is a marvelous toy for which one can purchase infinite die blocks....

and even have custom ones made..... 

It is made by AccuCut and is marketed primarily for Educational Institutions and Stationery Stores.

It operates by placing the paper on the foam bed, covering both with Plexiglas and then turning the hand crank so the tray slides through the roller which presses the foam down, exposing the die which then cuts the paper against the Plexiglas.

Here is a picture of the die block that makes the gift bags...... the shiny circle in the right hand lower corner is a music CD included for scale.

Here is the shape of the paper after it comes out of the die.  This image is made from large scale photographs printed on matte photo paper.

The die cuts the paper and scores all the folds required to make the shape.  Here are some pictures of the finished pieces from this latest session of Tending to the Pilot Light.

We had a lot of fun designing our bags and then decorating them with all the fantastic supplies available here at MacKomics Studio!!

I look forward to creating with you soon!

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