Making a Purse for Cards & Stamps with Graphic 45 Paper

My friend Sherry sent me all of the dimensions and directions to make this great purse…It’s perfect for a gift.

You’ll need this template. Print it out on your computer and cut it out as you’ll need it to make the sides of your purse.

Once you’ve chosen the paper you want to use for your covers, you’ll use the back of the paper (the blank side) and trace the template you just printed out…You’ll need to trace four of these for the outside and inside of the purse…You can use two paper patterns, one for the outside and one for the inside.
You’ll also need to use the template on cardboard, chipboard, mat board—whatever works for you. You’ll trace the same template twice on whatever cardboard option you choose.

I was sent tools by the MulWark Company and they are giving my viewers a great discount on the them.
MLK-53751 MulWark Industrial Grade Carpet Utility Knife: $3.20 with 80% discount
MLK-53761 MulWark 16 Pieces Precision Craft Knife Set: $3.00 with 80% discount

I found the middle size handle for the craft knife worked best for me, and really loved the cutting ability of the utility knife. I have to say that I was completely impressed with the quality of these tools.
After cutting out the cardboard and designer papers, distress the designer paper and then glue the paper to the cardboard. You will need to put your magnets in place before gluing down the designer paper for the front. I took the purse closure (below) and laid that on the center of the unfinished cardboard front with tear tape on the magnets that correspond to the one on the closure and put tear tape on the magnets then laid the closure on the front of the purse so the magnets with tear tape on them would adhere to the purse in the right spot. Then you can cover the cardboard with the designer paper.

Papers you’ll need:
The flap that holds the purse closed:
Black: 4″ long by 2″ wide round all four corners
score on the 4″ length at 1 1/2″ and turn it around and score it at 1 1/2″
Designer paper to lay on top of the black cardstock: distress the edges and round the bottom corners
1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/4″ tall (you need 2 of these) for either end
1 3/4 wide x 3/4″ tall for the middle
Before you glue the layers together, you need to determine where you want your magnets to go, and then make sure you glue it between the two layers of cardstock. I used tiny magnets and glued them under the front flap and put a pearl on the front flap so I’d know which is the front. Then I laid the corresponding magnets on top of the black cardstock attached to their other magnet piece so I would remember to glue it to the purse.  I attached this piece last after gluing the purse together and putting the straps on.

Front Pocket:
black: 4″ wide x 6″ tall and score on 6″ side at 2″ and 4 1/2″
designer paper:
3 1/2″ wide x 1 3/4″ tall piece for bottom section
3 1/2 x 1 1/4″ tall (sorry I said the wrong size on the video) for the closed top of the pocket.
Fold the bigger scored area toward the center and fold the smaller scored area down so it makes a pocket. Round the corners of the flap you folded down and put magnets under the designer paper on the top flap so it can adhere to the bottom and round the bottom corners of the designer paper as well. Before gluing your designer paper to the bottom section of the front of this pocket, you’ll need to put your magnets there and then glue the designer paper down. Take an oval punch and punch out (or cut) a notch in the bottom part of your pocket so that people can stick their fingers inside. You’ll put tear tape on the outer edges and pull the notch a little out and then glue down the pocket.

Inner Pockets: You’ll need two of these
Black: 8″ long x 3 1/2″ across (need 2)
score on 8″ length at 1/2″ and 1″ then flip over to score the other end at 1/2″ and 1″ and then turn on 3 1/2″ length and score at 1/2″ and 1″…again you need two of these
Designer paper: You’ll need two of these 5 3/4″wide x 2″ high

First fold all of your black scores on the pockets, then cut on the bottom scores on the second set of scores from the edge, cut them to the second score line this on both ends, and then cut to the first score on the first scores on either end, then put tear tape on the outside up to the first score and tear tape on the inside of the longer piece at the bottom. Put the pocket together then put tear tape on the back of the pocket as well as on the side flaps, and put some on the very bottom of the pocket as well.
I decorated the pockets with some stamps that looked great after I glued the designer paper I gave the dimensions for above.
I used Distress ink in Gathered Twig and it was really too dark for this, but once I started, I was committed…I put it on the designer paper for the pockets as well as all designer paper on the entire purse.

Bottom of purse:  Black cardstock 6″ x 1″

Pieces your straps go through:  Black cardstock: you need four .. 1 1/2″ long x 1″ wide and round the bottom corners
designer paper 1 1/4″ long by 3/4″ wide and round the bottom corners
Glue these layers together centered on the black paper…
I used a Sunstar Kadomaru Pro, Corner Cutter and here’s a link to it at Amazon.

I decorated the pocket for the front of the purse with papers from Graphic 45 that look like stamps. I also added a pearl there and on the purse closure.
I attached the pieces that the straps go through on the purse, then took my Crop-a-dile and punched holes into the centers of these pieces.
I glued a pocket onto the bottom of one of my cardboard pieces (purse side) and took the 8″ x 1″ piece and glued it to the bottom of that pocket, (making sure I only covered half of the 1″ wide strip), then took the other pocket and centered it on the other half of the black strip, then put the other side of the cardboard (purse side) onto it and used a pokey tool to rub the inside to ensure the pocket stayed glued to the purse.
I took two lengths of 15″long, 1″ wide organza ribbon and knotted the ends of it and pressed it through the holes on my purse with a pokey tool. You’ll need two pieces of ribbon, one for each side of the purse. If you use a thicker ribbon, only use 1/2″ wide ribbon and push it through one hole on one side then knot it and then push the other end through the other hole on the same cardboard piece, and knot it.

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