Monday, November 30, 2009

Faux Crocodile Clutch

I meant to post this a while back and forgot, so here it is for those of you who had been waiting... sorry about that!

I saw this technique at the Seattle regional I attended last year and Fredrique one of my stamping friends made an adorable clutch with it for a swap. I loved it so much I used it for a workshop and people just loved it. I made the clutch a little taller and in passion pink but the technique works for any color cardstock. It will come out the color of whatever color cardstock you use so you can go hog wild with any color you desire!

Here is Fredrique's celery version. Isn't it sweet?

This is what the inside looks like open.

These are the piece you need for the clutch. I figured out that the whole thing takes one 81/2x11 sheet of CS.
You will use the box #2 die without the top and the top note 3 times. You have to make the height of the 2 top note pieces on the left at least the same as the height of the box height.

Score the sides of the box as shown to help form the clutch shape and form the box.

Use the versamark inkpad to rub the cardstock all over then sprinkle clear embossing folder over the whold thing as shown on top.
Use some tool- popsicle stick, end of a chopstick, scoring tool, bone folder to make some irregular lines to mimic the crocodile texture.
Whatever loose embossing powder should be THROWN AWAY as it has versamark attached to it. Do not put it back in your clean embossing powder.

Heat the whole thing with your heat gun and watch the faux crocodile texture appear. So COOL!

Fold the Complete Top note piece in half after scoring in half to make the top of the clutch. Attach a decorative brad to accent. A large crystal brad would be pretty too.

Put sticky tape on the back and the front of the box and attach the 2 partial topnote diecut pieces

You should have something like this.
Punch a 1/8 inch hole on the side of the box and tie a ribbon loop around to make the handle putting the knot on the inside.
Attach the back of the top to the back of the clutch using sticky tape. Place a velcro closure (both pieces) behind the brad attachment and close the purse to get the right placement for the velcro.

Here is your final piece. So cute and so easy!
It fits some hershey's kisses, cash, pair of earrings, even a gift card, whatever you wish to bestow on your recepient. You can also just use it as an ornament. What girl would not want one of these hanging from a tree with something special inside......

Just 25 more days to Christmas.


Chris said...

Do you know if there is a cricut cartridge that has a similar box #2 cut out and top note? or will you just make me some? :)

helen said...

It's very cute! I made a very similar one.