Welcome to DAY FIVE of our Blog Hop & Giveaway with Marion Smith designs!
We are so excited to be featuring Marion's new Motley paper collection & Never Grow Up paper collections along with our NEW Spring Botanica flowers!!
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Marion Smith's Motley Collection was love at first sight! I couldn't decide what to make but the bold colors mixed with vintage shabbiness sure had my wheels spinning. I decided I wanted to let the paper sing and show it off with not a lot of extras, except of course some Petaloo Flowers. I used Marions Collage, Off the Wall and Archive paper from the Motley collection and paired it with some Petaloo Botanica flowers mixed with Textured Blossoms and some Faux Dried Berries to create my sweet little cigar purse!
Let me show you how I made it!
Start by picking out your favorite Marion Smith Papers, I used 3 12x12 sheets. For the purse you will also need a handle, a magnetic clasp, and some feet (see supplies at end for list)
I start by measuring out the outside pieces. I like to let the natural paper cover of the box show- so I go 1/2 inch smaller than the actual box size. MAKE SURE your paper when you cut it is going the right direction
Next cut your inside pieces. I like to cut these 1/8 inch shorter on both sides to fit in easily. Although its tempting to use a different pattern fir every surface I find just 1 or two has the most impact
Next, I ink all of the edges just to keep the tiny white edge from showing- I am using Colorbox Pigment Ink in Gold
Now I am going to decoupage this whole thing- so I like to adhere all of my pieces with my Xyron Create A Sticker Max. If you don't like your decoupage bubbling- this is your solution!
Next I Mod Podge it with Glossy Podge. I think the glossy looks great on purses. If you don't have a sticker maker- do a light coat of podge and lay down your paper- let dry then put the top coat on. Do light layers then let dry and go over again if you like.
So since I really intend to use this little purse, I put in an extra chipboard pocket piece to make sure all my stuff doesn't come out! Cut the piece to 1/2 inch longer than your box is wide, and then as high as you like according to your cigar box. I did mine at 3.5 inches tall
Cover the chipboard with another piece of Motley paper using your Xyron. Then go 1/4 inch in on each side and score the chipboard with your Xacto knife. Score means to just slightly cut into the surface without going through it
Then just snap it back like this! Voila! Now ink those raw edges
I decided to go a step further by adding a little design detail tracing out a half circle using a plate and cutting it out with my knife
Now, bam, just pop it in! Tip for this part- use some tacky glue and gently close the lid to push back the pocket into place. In most cigar boxes the lid fits inside so if you don't do this before your glue dries, the lid wont shut
Now to add the handle- technique may vary by the handle you buy. I used and awl to punch holes around the edge, then used a combination of E600 glue and twine from The Twinery to attach and secure.
This was the hardest part for me. Figuring out how to keep the lid closed. I bought these magnetic closures at Joann in the purse making area. First I lined it up center, then made two slits. Slid the base through, attached the back and bent down the prongs with pliers- as easy as putting in a brad
The next piece was a little trickier. I use a piece of May Arts Ribbon folded in half. Put the "male" side of the magnetic closure on to it, just like a brad. Then I attached the closure and glued down the ribbon to the purse. I used Tacky Glue
Next add yourself some feet! Why? Because when we put on all those gorgeous Petaloo flowers on the front- we don't want them to get crushed when we open the purse. These are also available at the purse making area- or you can use buttons or upholstery brads.
To cover up the ugly side of the mag closure, I added a vintage button. Use a strong glue like E6000
Now for adding my Petaloo Flowers. A tip for arranging and gluing. I lay my flowers on my project and arrange how I want them. Then I look for the bottom most flower and glue that one down first. On my purse I started with the black Textured flowers first, then layered the Botanica on top. I use hot glue just in the centers- then afterwards I go back and use E6000 to attach the petals down more. On a purse you NEED to use a strong adhesive as if you use Hot Glue you will find parts "popping" off all over the place (can you tell I speak from experience?!)
Here are some close ups and side views- supply list at end- Thanks for stopping by today! Denise
Prima Vintage Trinkets
May Arts Ribbon