Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gift Card Holder Purse Tutorial

The little Gift Card Holder purse was so popular in the summer Royal Blog Tour, I decided to make another one! The original purse can seen on my July 25th RBC Tour Post HERE. And, as promised, here is the tutorial to make the purse too!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Happy Together, A Little Birthday Cheer
  • Inks: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
  • Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Thoroughly Modern DSP
  • Other: Punches (1”, 1 ¼”, corner rounder, scallop edge, word window), Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Polka Dot Ribbon (Bermuda Bay), Filigree Brads, Silver Brads, Signo White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, magnetic or Velcro closure, paper trimmer with scoring and cutting blades, crop-a-dile tool

Cardstock Measurements:

Bermuda Bay Card Stock:

10 7/8” x 4 ¼”, scored at 4”, 8” and 9 ½”

Whisper White Card Stock:

7 ½” x 4” scored at 3 ¾”

3 ¾” x 3 ½”

Scraps for Punching/Stamping (3) 1” flower

Melon Mambo Card Stock: 4” x 3 ¾”,3 ½” x ¾” strip, & Scraps for Punching 1 ¼” circles (3)

Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper: 3.5" x 1 -3/8”


  1. Fold the Bermuda Bay Card Stock on the 4” scored line so that the t wo 4” halves are facing one another.
  2. Place the fold in the channel of your paper trimmer, and the next scored line (8”) at the ½” line on your paper trimmer. Cut through both layers but not past the 8” scored line.

The 4” folded edge is shown at the top, and aligned in the channel of the cutter. The 8” scored line is shown aligned with the 1/2” mark on the paper trimmer… You will cut through both layers of cardstock to form the angled purse edge.

Here is another photo/view of how the cut looks… cut through both layers and up to the 8” score mark.. but not through it. The flap must be cut separately. Repeat for both sides of the purse.

3. Fold the (top) flap piece under at the scored line (towards the inside of the purse). The flap has a double layer to make it sturdier and to hide the brad prongs (future step).

In this photo, I turned the purse upside down onto the flap… the folded edge you see is the top of the purse. I’ve used a white gel pen to draw a line transferring the shape of the purse to the flap/fold-over so that you can see it better.

4. Holding all four cardstock layers together and use your paper snips to cut on the line, or follow the shape of the purse and form the flap. You will be cutting through both folded flap layers at once, repeat for other side of the purse.

5. Unfold the cardstock, and you will now have a shape like this:

6. Now cut the Melon Mambo Card Stock for the purse. Position in the trimmer so that the 4” side is horizontally aligned and the 3 ¾” sides are vertically aligned. Place the bottom (4”) edge in the cutting channel of the trimmer, andposition the top edge on the ½” line of the trimmer. Repeat for opposite side. (picture does not show correct color)

7. Trim the smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock as in step 4, aligning the 3 ¾” edge horizontally on the paper trimmer with lower corner in the cutting channel and the top corner at the ½” mark. (the 3 ½” side is vertically aligned).

8. Fold the long piece of Whisper White Cardstock in half. With the 4” edge positioned horizontally, align the folded edge in the channel of the cutter, and top edge at the ½” line. Repeat for other side.

9. Unfold the cardstock, and punch with the word window punch (the punch should be pushed all the way into the cardstock piece, and positioned appx. 1/8” from the side edge of the card stock. Move the punch over so that it is 1/8” from other side, and punch again.

10. Cut the DSP by aligning one long edge in the channel of the cutter, and the other long edge at the ¼” mark.


10. Set the crop-a-dile tool slide at ¾” and punch 1/8” holes in the flap fold of the purse.

11. Cut appx. 8” of ribbon for the handle, and thread through the holes you just made. Tape the ribbon ends down between the flap layers.

12. Fold the top flap layers together, and use a corner rounder on the bottom of the flap corners.

11. Use the mat pack to position your closure detail (in this case a filigree brad). With the flap layers folded together, pierce a hole where you want the brad to be. Piercing through both layers will leave a mark for placement of you Velcro or Magnetic closure when finishing the bag.


12. Use the Scallop Edge Punch along the edge of the smallest strip of Melon Mambo Cardstock, align with the bottom edge of the flap, and glue to bottom edge. Use a white Signo Gel Pen to add decoration to scallop edge if desired.

13. Stamp, punch, pierce, decorate layers and assemble your purse, and add a Velcro or Magnetic Closure.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.. and that you make plenty of these purses! Thanks again for visiting my blog too! I'll be posting the blog candy winners' name tomorrow (on my actual birthday)... I hope YOU win!

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1 comment:

Penny Hanuszak said...

Ilove your blog.......... it's just fantastic. And I love the way you share these tutorials. You're the best! This little purse is so cute, I'll have to make me one.............Thanks.