Friday, September 5, 2008

Handbag Challenge #5

From Adriel:

It's Friday again and that means the deadline for Handbag Challenge #5 on Theresa Forseth's blog is fast approaching. My entry this week is 4 little 3x3 cards and special "bag" to hold them in. I found a wonderful tutorial for an envelope book here. I used the same concept and designed my own "envelope" that would hold 3x3 cards and envies. I decorated the front of the card holder to match the purse as best I could. The colors I used for this "handbag" were Blush Blossom, Pink Piroutte, Summer Sun, Real Red, Whisper White, and Basic Black (SU! colors).

The bag opens to hold 4 matching 3x3 cards and envelopes. You can see how it opens below.

I tried a new technique with this project... faux metal. The silver accent on the front of the bag is actually 3 layers of silver embossing powder imprinted with a stamp. So cool! I was stumped on the zipper, so I consulted my mom (who sews very well BTW). She got out a zipper and rubbed ink on it and rubbed that on paper. It seemed promising, so we rubbed Versamark on the zipper, rubbed on the CS, then applied the silver embossing powder which was then heat embossed. It worked great!

The card is a 3x3 card with the same colors used on the purse. I used the Fresh Cuts set for the saying and and the flower in the middle of the flower. I used my 5-petal punch for the embellishment and some nice, sheer, black ribbon. It would make a cute gift for someone, I think.

The bag was the most difficult part of the project. It took a lot of planning and working, along with re-working. I've been working on it a little here and a lot there over the past 3 days! It was worth it and I enjoyed what I learned. It really looks so much nicer in person, but I've posted several pictures to give you some good views. Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend! Don't forget to go to Theresa's blog on Saturday and Sunday to vote for your favorite entry!


JenMarie said...


Anthonette said...

Hi Adriel,
Wow, you are fierce (to quote last season's Project Runway winner)! Loved what you did. Love the faux metal. Inking a zipper with VersaMark was genius. I know how to sew, but I never thought of that.