Thursday, 21 August 2008

Old leather handbag

This card was inspired by a sample in the American Papercrafts magazine. I think it was the March or April issue. I was too lazy to photocopy and enlarge the template provided, so made my own – I think it should have been a little shallower. And I committed the worst sin of any cardmaker: I made the card without checking to see if I had an envelope to fit!

In case I’ve failed miserably, the card is supposed to look like a bag, with leather straps and a leather monogram.

I made the bag-shaped card base from Chocolate Chip cardstock then covered the front with Brocade Background Designer Paper. I added the corners and straps with strips of Chocolate Chip cardstock, and dotted along the edges using a marker. I sponged all the edges using Stampin’ Pastels and then again using the Close to Cocoa ink pad to “age” it.

The letters are chipboard, from the On Board Lots of Letters collection. I inked them all over using Chocolate Chip ink, then decided it was too dark, so sponged the edges with some Close to Cocoa chalk. Then I decided it was too pale, so I added some black chalk around the very edges, and finally was happy that they looked like old leather.

Finally I added the hardware and the ribbon handle, which is threaded through slits in the top and tied inside.

Stamps: None!
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Brocade Background
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware® - Pewter, On Board Lots of Letters, Stampin’ Pastels, 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon - Chocolate Chip, Corner Rounder

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  1. Very cute! How big is it really? Will my lipstick fit in it :)

  2. Hi Helen. There's something for you on my blog today.

  3. I think it looks just like a designer handbag....and I'm lovin' the non-designer price! You could always eyeball it and make your own envelope?

  4. love that! i would totally carry that around with me everywhere :) great job!

  5. Well that's it - I can't send her a card now. How am I going to follow this? What a gorgeous creation!!!!!

  6. I am the proud and happy recipient of this card! Even though the photo is great, it doesn't show off all the fine details, like the "stitch holes" along the edges of the corners and the straps, and all the shading to make them look like real leather.

    Thank you so much, Helen.


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