Make a Vintage Rose Handbag Card
I spotted this beautiful handbag card in our store and had to make it up! Arda Cards have lots of fabulous single card kits for download, so I'm always pleasantly surprised when I stumble on a beauty that I didn't even know was there. The card features artwork from Nitwit Collections and the template is from Dizzy Designs.
It's really easy to make, the hardest part is cutting out all the pieces which can be a bit hard on the hands if you're not good at cutting - use your preferred craft supplies to do the cutting and minimise any strain on your hands e.g. I like to use a combination of my Fiskars personal trimmer, a craft knife and metal ruler for straight edges and curves on cardstock, and my Gyro-Cut for shaped items on paper such as the flowers and ribbon on this card. Of course, if you don't want to decoupage the big rose and decorative ribbons, then it's mostly straightforward cutting.
Craft Supplies Needed
- White cardstock
- White printer paper
- Cutting knife/trimmer and board
- Double-sided adhesive tape (or glue that won't buckle the paper)
- 3D foam pads
- Vintage Rose Handbag Card Download
How to Make the Handbag Card
Print off all the sheets included in the download - print the envelope and inserts onto normal printer paper, and the main card pieces onto cardstock (I used 200gsm, recycled white).
Optional: on the reverse of the main card, print the included printable backing paper because when the inserts are glued into place, they leave a few millimeters of white edging.
I did *not* print the paper background onto the main card (because I got it wrong, but I wouldn't have anyway because I personally feel it's a waste of ink, as most of it ends up being covered by the inserts).
When I realised my mistake, I decided to colour-in the white edge...also a mistake *sigh*. It doesn't look too bad in the photo but in real life, meh.
However, I *did* print the background paper onto the reverse of the elements sheet with the handles and decoupage pieces - I don't like to waste and there would be quite a bit of that sheet left over, so at least now it can be re-used for something else, as a pretty pink background.
Once everything is printed, cut it all out using your preferred cutting method and tools; this is the time-consuming part. Score the fold of the card and the envelope tabs.
Put your double-sided tape or glue onto the back of the inserts and stick into place on the main card. Be sure to put the right place on the right part, so you don't do what I did and put the blank insert, for your greeting, on the top flap...wasn't really paying attention with this card was I?
Stick the handles back to back with double-sided tape and then apply the bottom tabs to the back of the handbag flap. The whole piece then adheres to the front of the card with 3D foam pads. Add your decoupaged large rose and ribbons if you are using them, also with foam pads.
That's your fab handbag card finished!
Making the Envelope
Making the envelope is really quick - apply double-sided sticky tape or glue to the tabs along the edges, that you scored earlier. Obviously don't do anything with the envelope flap, as you need that open (surprised I didn't mess that up too with my absentminded-ness that day)
Fold in the side and bottom flaps, and put the envelope back and front together - super simple and very effective. The card fits nicely into the envelope and it finishes it all off nicely.
If you wish, you could replace the card handles and ribbon accents with real ribbon for a bit of extra bling.
You've also got the piece(s) of waste card that you printed the background paper onto, which can be re-used for another craft project. I know you can always reuse any waste white card, but it's even more versatile now it's pretty pink patterned card - see how much waste would have been left...
Full Recording of Live Class
This recording shows how to make up the card and also how to make a couple of other items, including a mini pocketbook using the envelopes.
Check out our guide to card making with printables so that you can enjoy your hobby whenever the feeling takes you, simply download, print off and start making within minutes of ordering!