Something Blue Final Round – Project 1
Handbag gift box and Gift card wallet
There is always a sense of excitement when creating a handmade gift or a special card for someone. I usually can’t wait to see the look on their faces when I hand them their specially handcrafted gift box or card.
Handbag gift box
My Supply List
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Cardstock
Ribbon to match the paper
A set of brads
Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo
Paper Smooches Stamps Sentiment Sampler and Acrylic stamp block
Tombow Multi glue
Silhouette Cameo Digital Cutter
Sizzix Big Shot
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Crop-A-Dile eyelet punch
Ruler, art knife and scissor
Paper quilling tool
Brad setting & Piercing tool with a foam block
The Graphic 45 Botanical Tea cardstock are double sided. I used both the front and back of the rose paper for the handbag.
For the base of the handbag box start with a 30.5cm x 30.5cm (12” x 12”) cardstock sheet. If the paper selected has a pattern or stripes on it, decide which direction you want the pattern or stripe to face. The scoreboard I use is the Martha Stewart scoreboard. Although I work in centimeters, this scoreboard is only marked in inches. I printed a conversion chart and work with both.
Place the paper on the scoreboard. Score at the 3 inches (7.6cm) line. Turn the cardstock 180 degrees and score at 3 inches (7.6cm). This will create two parallel score lines. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees to the side and score at 4 inches (10.2cm). Turn the cardstock around to the unscored side and score at 4 inches (10.2cm). The two 4 inches score lines are parallel to each other. To recap, there are two score lines at 3 inches and two score lines at 4 inches. Fold on all score lines.
This is how the finished base will look. The handbag boxes sides folds inwards, meaning a larger base and narrow top. To achieve this i did the following.
As you look at your scored cardstock sheet, you will notice that the mid section of the scored cardstock forms 3 large rectangles. On the left and right sides of the large rectangles are smaller blocks or rectangles. To create the above mentioned effect use a ruler and bone folder to create the scored lines.
Divide the outer corner block in half diagonally, score against the ruler with the bone folder from the corner of the paper to the midline of the block. Do this step on all 4 sides of box.
The large rectangles form the front and back part of the handbag base. Cut on the score lines on both sides of the middle rectangle; stop where the score line cross with the cutting line. Rotate and cut the opposite side in the same manner.
Place the cardstock on the scoreboard with the triangle part facing the top of the scoreboard. Find half of the large triangle. In this case it is 6 inches (15.2cm). Place the ruler at the 6 inch mark and score down 2.5cm. Turn the paper all the way around and repeat the same process as above.
Place the envelope maker that comes with the board on the scoreboard. Align the big triangles line up against the envelope maker. This will create the diagonal score lines. Score from the section that was cut upwards. The diagonal lines scored must match the straight 2.5cm line previously scored. Do this step on both sides. Fold the score lines.
Remove the envelope maker and place the large rectangle which is the front and back of the box to the side of the score board. Score downwards at the 1 inch line (2.5cm). Turn and score the opposite rectangle. Fold on the scored lines.
Spread the glue on the small triangle which forms the side of the box and glue it to the large rectangle or box front. Match up the cut line of the triangle with the fold line of the rectangle when pasting, the narrow rectangle will be folded and glued down to neaten the edges. Repeat the step on this on both sides across and opposite. Spread glue on the folded narrow rectangle and fold over and paste it. Do this on both sides.
To create the handbag flap I used the Silhouette Studio Software. I selected one of the 5 Bracket tags by Lori Whitlock and sized it to fit the bag base (16cm in width and 10cm in length). I drew a circle 3.2cm x 3.2cm and welded it to the edge of the bracket shape to create the front flap. I also altered the sides of the shape to give it a more flat appearance.
Placed the cut flap on the scoreboard with the back part facing the scoreboard and scored at 1½ inches and at 1¾ inches (4.4cm) and 3/8 inches (1cm). I created the buckle band and strap with studio software. The width of the buckle band must fit through the buckle. I very gently folded on the fold lines. Use the Vintage Photo distress ink to distress around the edges of the flap and buckle band.
Attach the strap of the handbag to the flap with brads. Plan where to press the holes in the flap top. Score and fold the strap at 5/8 (1.6cm) and press holes in the strap. Attach the strap with the brad to the flap.
The handbag will close with Velcro dots. The dots are self-adhesive. Plan more or less where the dots should go. First paste the top Velcro dot. Place the corresponding Velcro dot onto the one just pasted with the adhesive side upwards. Carefully lower the flap and paste the bottom Velcro dot by pressing on the flap. Slide the buckle through the belt and paste to the flap.
Decorating the handbag
Cut a strip of the cardstock, place it on the rosette die and run it through the Big Shot. Assemble the rosettes and decorate with ribbon and pearls. To create a sentiment tag, I used a design from the 6 banner set by Lori Whitlock. I stamped a sentiment with the Gathered Twigs distress ink and the Paper Smooches Stamps Sentiment Sampler on the tag. Punch a hole in the top of the tag with the Crop-a-dile punch and thread twine through. Paste all items with the glue gun.
Gift Card Wallet
300gsm Curious Metal cardstock
Thumb notch punch
Cut a piece of Curious Metallic cardstock to size 12.9cm in width x 10.2cm in length. Place the cardstock on the scoreboard, the width 12.9cm parallel to the top of the scoreboard, and score at 2½ inches turn the card 180 degrees and score again on 2½ inches. Fold the scored lines.
Once cut place shape onto the scoreboard and score a line in the middle of the bracket shape. Gently fold it around the wallet base. Round the corners of the base card with a corner rounder. Glue the bracket shape around the base card.
With the software I created a wallet strap measuring 1.1cm x 15cm. I cut a small rectangle through which the strap will slide to close the wallet. Glue the wallet strap around the flap and fold once reach the corners. Apply glue only on the sides of the small rectangle and paste. When pasting the small rectangle create a bit of a loop so that the strap can thread through. For decoration I cut smaller roses for the same design file as the one used with the handbag. Rolled it with the quilling tool and baste to the base.
For the part that will hold the gift card. Cut a block from the cardstock measuring 6.5cm in width and 7.5cm in length. Use the scoreboard to score 1/8 score line on either side of the block. Fold around. Use the thumb punch and punch in the middle of the block. Apply glue on the small score lines as well as the bottom of the square and paste inside the wallet.
Decorate the finished wallet with the roses, ribbon and pearls.