I’m giving a purse to a young friend for her birthday and I thought it would be fun to make a purse shaped card to go with it.
Start with a piece of 5″ x 12″ cardstock (I used American Crafts link: https://tinyurl.com/36jxsjfz) score it on the 12″ length at 5″ and 7″ and then flip the paper over and score it again on the 12″ length at 6″. Fold and burnish the paper. Make the two outer scores into mountains and the center score a valley so the card looks like an “M” when you turn it on its side.
For the flap of the purse, you’ll need another piece of the same cardstock as was used for the 5 x 12″ piece… This piece is 2 1/2″ x 5″ wide and scored on the 2 1/2″ length at 1/2″. Fold the 1/2″ score under and put wet glue or tear tape on the inside of the flap in the 1/2″ scored area. To adhere to the card, open the score so the score line is flat on your table, and sit the top of the back of the card onto the opening, making sure the score line is NOT inside the “purse”. I used the Kadomaru Pro Corner Rounder to round the bottom two edges of the flap.
I cut two pieces of patterned paper to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ square for the front and back of the purse card. If you use directional patterned paper, make sure they face up toward the top opening of the card. I wouldn’t adhere these papers until you’ve attached the flap and the handle, as it makes it a lot easier to figure out the direction the patterns should go and you’ll end up with a more finished looking card, since you’ll be covering the handle and the spot on the back where you attached the flap of the purse.
Add a small piece of Velcro about 1/2″ from the bottom of the flap centered from side to side at 2 1/4″ from sides.
You’ll need a piece of patterned paper that is 1 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ for the outside of the flap of the purse. (My paper is smaller because that was all I had left of that pattern.) I added a thin strip of pink foil paper on top near the bottom of the flap and added a die cut of Happy Birthday with pink foil near the bottom of the purse. I added some small pink pearls beside Happy Birthday and inside the purse on the sentiment I die cut with an oval for the upper portion of the purse.
You’ll need two more pieces for inside the card. I used a piece of pink mirror cardstock for the top section that I also used the inside of to cut the handles out of with two circle dies. One circle die is 4 1/2″ across and the other is 3 3/4″ at the center, so the handle has some width.. The mirror cardstock is cut to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8″ and after I removed the handle from the center, added a piece of 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ patterned paper over it and glued it in place. The patterned paper I used on the bottom section was 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ to match the width of the mirrored card stock used on the top section.
NOTE: I had a little issue with the directions I glued these papers in…You need to remember that when the purse is closed, the part of the purse furthest from the scoring, is the top of the card, so when the purse is open, the patterns on the bottom and top section both face upward.