Thursday, June 5, 2008

Purse Card Tutorial

Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" by 8 1/2". Score along the long edge at 3" and 6". Here I used Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select White cardstock.
The bottom portion of your purse card (3") needs to be folded up towards the middle. Once you've done this, you need to measure in 1/4" from the outside edge along the centre of the card (where the bottom edge touches the fold for the flap) and make a light pencil mark. Do this for both outside edges.

I turned the whole card upside down to make the cut so the card in the photograph above appears upsidedown (ie. with the fold at the top). I cut from the folded edge down along the entire edge of the card with a craft knife and quilting ruler, slicing through the 1/4" marker. You could just make a pencil line and cut freehand with your scissors though. Repeat for the opposite side, making sure the 1/4" mark is along the centre fold.

I decided to cut my purse flap by using my Nestabilities plain circle die. This made a thick sandwich which was quite hard to manipulate through the Wizard. However, in order to just cut the portion of the c/stock we need, I placed a tan embossing mat under the card to remain uncut. You cut see from the photo how I layered it all up. If you don't want to make it too complicated, you can just trace around a small plate and use scissors!

Once I'd run it through the Wizard, I had a nicely shaped purse flap. Your purse-card is now beginning to take shape and should look like this.

Once you've cut the curve on the flap of your purse-card, you can decorate the outside. I chose to use So Saffron decorative paper, but you could use a background stamp, whatever you feel like doing! Once again, I measured 1/4" in from the top edge on both sides and made a slightly angled cut to trim the DP to the right shape.

To make the layer on the flap, I used a slightly smaller Nestabilities plain circle and just trimmed it parallel to the top of the fold.

I cut another scalloped circle with my Nestabilities to make a decorative edge. The So Saffron semi-circle was taped to the back of the flap. For the purse handle, I used a piece of wire with beads threaded onto it. It's very easy to attach. As you can see, I made 2 tiny punched holes along the fold, about 1/4" in from each edge, then I just threaded the wire through and taped the ends to the inside of the fold. If you can't find beaded wire, then ribbon or a very narrow strip of c/stock will do just as well.

And here's the finished purse-card! I added Basic Grey's magnetic snap holder but a velcro dot will do just as well. A build-a-brad with basic black c/stock in it was placed over the top to look like a purse closure and a sentiment from PTI's anniversary set was placed on the outside with Palette Noir Ink. Have fun playing with this and leave a comment so I can go to see what you made!


Stephanie said...

that was a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

Awesome tutorial, can't wait to try it.

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Julia Aston said...

What a fun purse card! thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the info---- the card's great!----Lauren