Have you ever had some time to play and you ask yourself, “what’s it going to be today, Zentangle…Stampin’ Up!?” Well, why not do both?  In my project today, a little bit of decoration with my own Zentangle and Stampin’ Up!’s framelits embellishes a super fast and fun embossed glassine bag.  It’s just perfect for Christmas – or anytime really!

zentangle stampin' up!The glassine bags run through the Big Shot with the Festive textured impressions embossing folder so easily.  The bag fits beautifully in the 6″ x 6″ folder and leaves a nice deep impression and it takes only seconds to create.  I’ve put a piece of Basic Black cardstock in my glassine bag so the texture and pattern stand out even more!

Cutting out little pieces of your own Zentangle creates tiny slices of art to share!  These are a cinch to create with Stampin’ Up! Layering Squares framelits.  Stampin’ Up’s! framelits are probably hands down my favourite framelits for this technique.  And here’s why I love the Layering Squares so much!

  • They are so quick and easy to use.  Place your framelit exactly where you want it on your Zentangle and run through the Big Shot!
  • There’s eight different graduated sizes of squares!  So many possiblities!
  • Each square has its own scalloped frame to mat your Zentangle square precisely!  (That means you have eight more squares, these ones with scalloped edges!)
  • With just a little placement creativity, squares become diamonds!

zentangle stampin' up!

So you might be wondering exactly what this Zentangle stuff is?  According to creators Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, it is “an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”  Anyone can create fantastic works of art with pen strokes, one at a time.  And although you do see coloured tangles, they are generally created in black and white as I’ve done here, which coordinates with just about any other colour – especially the lovely Stampin’ Up! colour families!

What’s great about Zentangle is that there is really no pre-planning.  Rather than having a pre-determined end in mind, we are free to let our piece of art develop based on the stroke we just laid down on our paper.  How freeing is that?

I’ll talk more about Zentangle and how it’s a perfect companion to your Stampin’ Up! tools and projects in future posts.

The simplicity is the real attraction to this project.

While I’ve used Zentangle for my squares, you could also create an equally beautiful gift bag with Stampin’ Up! stamps or designer series paper.  Just cut out your designs and mount them on framed scalloped squares and you will be thrilled with the results!  And so will your friends and family!

zentangle stampin' up!I’m really enjoying combining my love of Stampin’ Up! with the calm and relaxing practice of Zentangle.  So the next time you have some creative time, ask yourself “Zentangle, Stampin’ Up!?” and you can also see how they can be super complements to each other.

Please send me a comment below to let me know if you enjoyed this project too!

Here are all the supplies I used to create this bag.  To make it yourself, click on the images below to take you to my online ordering page!

‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’


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