I decided to play along with the ATSDTC34 and create a project using lots of brads. I turned it into a tutorial for the purse HERE right away, so get your gear and let's get going.
- 2 pieces that measure 5 X 8 1/2
- 2 pieces that measure 3/4 X 11
- 1 piece that measures 1 1/2X 6
I used DP for the layer on the front of my box, but you can use CS. That layer is 6 X 5 3/4. The rest of the CS is up to you depending on how you want to decorate the front of the purse.
Score your 5 X 8 1/2 pieces at 2 1/4. This will be done with the 8 1/2 side along the top of your scoring tool, as shown in the first picture. Then you need to punch a hole with the word window punch on the piece that will be that back of the purse. The top of the purse is the farthest away from the score line, and that is where you punch it.
On the CS piece that measure 1 1/2 X 6, you need to round one narrow end with the corner rounder punch (it makes it easier to get in the hole). Then, starting on the opposite end, you need to score it at 1 and 3 1/4.
Lay the two layers together, making sure they are even. Put glue on the one inch end, and glue it to the one that does NOT have the hole on top. It also needs to be glued to what will be the FRONT of the CS. That way, you won't see it from the inside, and your front layers will cover it. By laying the punched layer on top, you can make sure that the strap will be centered when you go to close it later. The arrows show the edge of the closure piece. Then you need to glue the two pieces together by the 2 1/5 score lines on the bottom.
Now, you need to cut your card box in half. I get mine from All That Scraps. Then, put them together, and add sticky strip to the back of the box. I consider that back the side that the flap tucks in. That way, when the cards are in it, you won't notice it. When you adhere them to the CS, make sure the place them right against the score line, but not over it (marked with arrows). If you go over, it will not fold closed, and will not stand. Don't have a card box?? Click here for a pocket template!!
Take your 3/4 X 11 inch strips and score them from EACH end at 1 inch. Add glue within the area on the same side of the strap on each end, and to glue it to the bag.
Place the score line on the edge of the CS, and hold down the strap till dry (takes seconds). Now, using a 1/8 punch, put two holes through the bag into the strap and add two brads. This will reinforce the strap, so they won't come off. ONLY DO THE BACK FOR NOW!!
Time to embellish the front of your bag. To make the scallop rectangle, use this TUTORIAL. My colors were not quite navy, basic grey, baja breeze, kiwi kiss and white. I used the Urban Garden DP and the flower is cut right out of a sheet. The sentiment of from AmyR's Wardrobe Sentiments, since it totally works with this project!! I added glitter to the flower, and made my own pearl brads. Then, you can attach the straps to the front of the bag, and your brads will become part of the design on the front.
And here is the finished card purse. Bu who says you need to use it for cards. This would be a great gift bag for a special lady. Put some smaller lotions, a nail clipper, some files, a buffer, or a mini manicure set and it becomes great little gift. Fill it with chocolates for a chocolate lover, hot chocolate for the sipper. So many possibilities wit this little purse.
Head over to the ATS blog, and see what the other girls made with all their brads. Also, if you play along with the team, you could win a guest designer spot for a month. Go HERE for that information.
Have fun and happy stamping!!