Friday, April 24, 2020

Poppy Clutch Bag (Card Holder)

If you follow me you know I love bags.  And while I'm more known for my LL Bean Bags (click here to see different options, or click here)... I love a gorgeous handbag.

What do you think? It's a clutch bag that easily holds 4-6 cards and envelopes.  

Super fast to make. Starting with the ingredients

Start with 8 ½ x 11 – score at 1 ½, 2 ¼ 7, 7 ¾
Now cut it to 7 ½ x 11 – with the leftover 1” piece create 2 gussets, 1” wide, scored at 1, 1 ¾, 3 ¼ (you need 2) (they are already scored from the left over piece)
Punch out a closure (I used Label me Lovely)
DSP 7 x 3 (or add a ½ strip for décor) and if you wish a gem that looks good but is not essential.

Burnish the folds. I often say "use a bone folder" but really this project needs a bone folder!

Adhere in the gussets. You'll see I used tear n tape, in part as it's easy to photograph and also as it really holds well. 

You want to be sure the gussets line up very evenly with the ends of the clutch.  

You can use liquid glue to attach these gussets and I think it's a bit easier.  I attach both front sides, clip with clothes pins so the glue dries evenly.  

I then adhere the back part of the gusset and the clothes pins are enough weight to ensure the back dries evenly.

While it's drying you can decorate the front. 

Now decorate the front. I used the Peaceful Poppy paper with the big poppies to match my Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  

Add 3 dimensionals to the bottom of the label.  Add the label to the front of the bag. The front flap slips under the label to hold the clutch closed. If you wish you could also use magnets.  

In black with a 1/2 strip of foil.  

Now here it is in black ... I love this elegant look.   It's like my Audrey Bag but more modern, sort of a 60s look. Click here to see the Audrey bag (yes like Audrey Hepburn!)

And below with a flower closure made with the vase punch (8 "petals") with the smaller vase.

So I added a 1/2 strip of champagne foil and a champagne foil Lovely Label.  Which do you like better?

Happy crafting, MaryKate

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