It was made to give to
(She adores red.)
Shea is also a big fan of butterflies, flowers, and
natural things with lots of texture.
The leathery texture on this is made by pressure embossing plain old red
cardstock; then adding the world's most affordable (and nostalgic) craft supply:
2... cheap trick for cutting small paper bits (re-visited)
3... the free purse templates (an oldie)
...make a crayon rubbed embossed
purse (with a leather look):
- Purse template (print 2) Free template linked at the bottom of this post, or well over 100 purse styles available in this link list.
- Cardstock in the colour of your choice
- Pressure embossing machine
- Embossing folder (This one is Cuttlebug's plum blossom folder from their Asian set)
- Crayons to suit the cardstock colour
- Stamps (if you want)
- Embellishments (I used embroidery threads, patterned paper, decorative brads, butterfly cut from BasicGrey Ambrosia paper & jazzed up).
This crayon technique is fast and ever so easy!
It gives you a leathery look to your embossing:
(It looks and feels more leather-like in person, honest!) ;)
Step 2) Print the template a second time on the same cardstock (use this second printing to cut panels for the front, back, sides & bottom. that you can pressure emboss)
Step 3) Pressure emboss the panels in a Cuttlebug, or a Big Shot or what have you.
Step 4) Rub crayon over the raised areas of the embossing. I used different red crayons ranging from light to dark red, with the papers peeled off, and rubbed the crayons on their sides. The crayon gives you a leather look. (Tutorial on crayon rubbed embossing here or Crayon Resist embossing here).
I pierced holes along the edges of the embossed & crayoned panels and then stitched them. They are added to the purse all over...
(even on the bottom)
The handle was made with red cardstock layered over black cardstock:
I heat embossed the red cardstock handle with a background stamp (a very old Paisley Stampin' Up background) in Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.
Then I adhered the red cardstock to a wider strip of black cardstock, pierced holes, and stitched it with embossing thread. (The ends of the stitching were hidden when I adhered the handle onto the purse box.)
It was secured onto the purse with brads, so it would be sturdy.
To cover the brad backs, I added roses:
They were embossed in black, coloured red, & cut from this...
...Victorian Rose stamp
from Impression Obsession
(I have no affiliation with I.O. I bought
the stamp when I was designing with
Paper Garden Projects) :0)
The middle strap over the top of the box is also attached with decorative brads:
I added BasicGrey Ambrosia patterned paper and more stitching. The butterfly is cut from BasicGrey 6x6 paper. Its body is a wee silver metallic bugle bead & the wings have glitter & clear lacquer glue to bling-ify them (and make the whole thing more durable).
And the little butterfly trail carries onto the back of the purse strap:
The trail was made by adding knots of red embroidery thread. (After sewing, I hid the mess on the back by lining the strap with red cardstock & then adding it onto the purse).
(like these wee butterflies) you might like to try this tip.
gesso) to strengthen it before cutting:
Thank You so much for having a look,
Hope your day is full of the kind of fun only a crayon can bring!