Are you a gift-card or cash giver? If so, today's PaperTrey Ink challenge might be a great resource for you! Nichole challenged design team members to create gift card or cash holders. I'd like to share my little tri-fold gift card purse.
I started with a 4-1/4" x 11" sheet of PTI's Kraft cardstock, then scored as shown in the second picture. Next I used my largest Coluzzle circle template to round the top 4-1/4" edge. (You could use any kind of circle cutter that you have and get the same effect.) I cut a piece from Pure Poppy cardstock that would be the same size as the kraft base and rounded one of its ends as well. I then stamped both the kraft base (Polka Dot Basics) and the red flap (Rustic Snowflakes). I used another circle punch (1-3/8") to punch a semi circle from the bottom of the panel.
Next, I folded the purse up and used good scissors to cut a freehand curve up one side, just barely trimming off of the base and curving inward to about 1/2" at the top. I used the scrap piece that I had trimmed off to turn over backward and trace in pencil as a pattern for the opposite side. (If you are looking for scissors that will handle this, I like my Tim Holtz scissors that have a micro-serrated edge. I bought them to cut rubber after hearing people rave about them. A few days ago, I couldn't find my ribbon-cutting scissors, so I grabbed the TH scissors and tried them for that--a perfect cut. They also cut through four layers of PaperTrey Ink cardstock here with no problem. I'm suitably impressed!) To keep the purse shut, I experimented with several options before deciding that a simple slit was probably the easiest. The button is just for looks, and it is raised on foam tape to keep it out of the way of the rounded bottom flap fitting into that slit.
The inside sentiment is from Merry and Bright. All red ink on Kraft is PaperTrey's Pure Puppy ink, and the deeper red on the Pure Poppy cardstock is SU's retired Cranberry Crisp. (Any browned-red should work though.) I sponged some Antique Linen Distress ink on most edges and did a bit of paper piercing on the front flap. The tag sentiment on front is from the 2008 Holiday Tags Collection. Finished size is 4-1/8" x 3-1/16". Also, you could easily add a ribbon handle; I just preferred the clutch purse design here. Be sure to check out what other players came up with too: Lisa Johnson, Lauren Meader, Heather Nichols, Mish Wooderson, and of course Nichole.
If this post is helpful to you, feel free to use the template ideas for your own personal (not commercial) use. If you make one, I'd love to see what you come up with! I would appreciate it if you would post a link to this post rather than copying and pasting my pictorial instructions online however. Thanks so much, and have a wonderful day!