It Just Cried “Copy me!”

You know what I mean… you’re cruising the web (ESPECIALLY when you’re supposed to be doing something else, like taxes). You find a super cute project that you absolutely must copy NOW!

This was one of those projects. It’s a good thing I still had time before going to bed! 🙂

This inspiration came from Jan Tink, in a post here. I made mine pretty much the same.

Stamp set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Summer Smooches DSP (April Promotion)

Accessories: Petite Purse Bigz L die (April Promotion), Square Lattice textured impressions folder, Small Heart punch, Neutrals brads, Glimmer Brads Basics

So, now you can see why Jan calls it her “Minnie Mouse purse”! I love it. I don’t know if you can see, but there are brads on the bottom of the purse, too! (Gotta protect the bottom, right?)

This went together pretty quickly, once I figured out how to do the embossing. So, I got some tips for putting it together.

  1. To create the cute scallops on the flap, use the Small Heart punch. (Jan also mentions this in her post). I put 3 punches on each side of the closure tab.
  2. Before embossing, fold well on all score lines. Really. If you forget, the embossing will “erase” the score lines and you’ll have to fight the embossing to crease. If the creases are already there, the cardstock fibers are already broken down where they need to, and you can fold  post-embossing pretty easily.
  3. The embossing folder is NOT big enough to emboss the whole piece, so you’ll have to emboss in two stages. I recommend lining up the outer edge (opposite the fold of the folder) with the fold between the back and bottom of the purse. Doesn’t matter which part you emboss first. Just be aware that the slight flat edge of your embossing folder MAY flatten what you embossed first.
  4. Attach all brads before assembling your purse. I know this is obvious for the bottom brads, but I tried this with the brads on the purse handle, and it really works! No more fussing with getting your fingers into the assembled purse to flatten the brad prongs. Just make sure the handle is not twisted!
  5. To make your DSP pattern line up with the “grain” of the purse, you’ll have to lay your DSP at an angle on the die. The shape is placed at an angle to fit all pieces. Just be aware when die cutting. That’s how I got the dots on the flap to be in the proper direction. If I had lined up the DSP with the edges of the die, the dots would be going at an angle (NOT what I wanted).

So, there you have it! So fun, right? People have really gone to town to make different types of bags with this die. They are all so CUTE! Examples: fishing creel, doctor’s bag, diaper bag (SO ADORABLE!), flower planter… I’ve even seen purses with the flaps cut into collar shapes! How to even keep up?!?

This die is available for the month of April as part of the Summer Smooches promotion. Get it now if you want to play with it (it will be back June 1, but why wait?) 🙂

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