Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chocolate Scalloped Hearts

I made some little treat bags for a craft fair before the holidays, and was asked for the measurements. I decided to use the same idea for Valentine treats, and post it to my blog so I could share the instructions:

These are super easy to make, just get 4 Hershey Nuggets and cut a 1" x 3" strip of patterned paper or decorated card stock to cover them. I used SNAIL to adhere the paper, and made sure to burnish it down well. The covered Nuggets will go in a little box bottom to hold them in place, so they don't go bouncing around in the cello bag. The box bottom is 3-3/4" x 3", and you score 1/2" in from all sides. Then, make a small snip on each of four score marks (shown by red arrows in the picture below), cutting ONLY up to the next score line. This will create four little flaps.

Fold up all the edges toward the center of the sheet, and glue each of the four little flaps inside the box. I highly recommend Tombow Multipurpose adhesive for this step, it just takes a little bit and it will really hold. You might get away with using Mini Glue Dots, but those will only work if you burnish them down super well. All four of the covered Nuggets just fit right inside the box bottom, as shown below. You'll slide this little box bottom of Nuggets in a Small Cello Bag (3x5), and set it aside.

Now, to make the topper. The topper is 4-1/2" x 3-1/4", scored in half at 2-1/4", so that it folds to 3-1/4" x 2-1/4". The patterned paper layer is 3" x 2". Then just add whatever decoration you want. Adhere the topper over the top of the cello bag with the box bottom of 4 Nuggets inside. I used SNAIL to hold the topper on, and it worked well--again, I burnished firmly.

TIPS: I much prefer using patterned paper on the Nuggets and on the background of the topper, and I use sheets from the same package to ensure coordination of the colors. The measurements for these pieces make it easy to evenly use sheets of 12 x 12 paper. I used a silver brad on my sample, to match the chocolate wrappers. If you use Nuggets with gold wrappers, it matches better if you use gold brads. If you purchase the Nuggets in an assortment at a bulk warehouse store, you can get better prices. I divided up my bag in groups of 4 Nuggets, so that all 4 were the same color wrapper.

Stampin' Supplies: All Holidays stamp set, Chocolate Chip card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Play Date Designer Series Paper (all paper comes from that package), Real Red ink, Scalloped Heart of Hearts die (used with Big Shot), Small Heart Punch, Paper Snips, Bone Folder (for burnishing over adhesive), SNAIL, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots (to adhere scalloped heart), Stampin' Dimensionals, Metallic Brads (I used silver), Small Cello Bags.

This is one of the bags I made for the craft fair--I used a lot of retired Designer Series Papers from years past to make about 75 of these!

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO (SHOP ONLINE)

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