Handbag card tutorial-Crafter’s Companion

This tutorial is for a handbag card- I first saw this on Verity Cards and it inspired me to make my own version. I used her base measurements and then changed up a few things including the design of the flap- using Crafter’s Companion goodies!

I’ve added a full list of the products used at the end of this post – you can either use these items or take inspiration and use your own stash. Where possible, I’ve also added links to the Crafter’s Companion website for these items.

For the main body of the card, I chose a single sided paper because I wanted the outside plain, to add my own details to.

As in the Verity cards tutorial I scored at 4 and 8 inches both sides (10.16 and 20.32 cm). All four corners are scored diagonally, and on the sides only, the middle square had the centre point marked on the outside and was scored in diagonally from both sides to meet this point, and creased with a bone folder.

Once scored and folded, it should look like this- to allow the sides to fold up on themselves.

Once folded, I inked the edges of the folds with opaque ink, ignoring the lines on the outside that were not diagonal, and I also inked all around the edge of the paper.

For the next step, I used centura pearl in pastel pink and a 3d embossing folder. I ran two pieces through my Gemini and cut them down to 4×4 inches ( 10cms) to completely cover the back and front panels on the Outside of the card. i inked the edges of these pieces too, and adhered with all purpose glue.

For the next step, I used the largest die from the torn edge oval nesting die set. With some measuring, folding and trimming off the excess, this forms the bag flap.

From the bottom of the shape, measure up 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) and score.

Go up another half an inch and score again (1.2 cm)

Then finally, an inch up from that (2.5 cm) you will want to cut off the rest. This shortened piece will be on the back side of the card.

Once you are happy with your folding and cutting, use the same embossing folder to emboss the piece, then fold on the score lines as shown.

Cut a piece 7 inches long (17.7 cm) ( or longer if you would like a larger strap) and 1/2 an inch wide (1.2 cm)

Mark at around half an inch from both ends, which is where the strap will be glued to the previous piece. I scored the strap at these points so it showed clearly in the picture, but this is not a necessary step.

Attach both one side, then the other using tacky glue, making sure the first end is secure before gently bending over the strip and gluing the other end to the other side.

The next step is to attach the flap to the card- you will need to glue it to the back embossed piece, again with tacky glue. Only add glue to the inch wide strip, and make sure the edge of the area with the ‘handle’ on lines up with the edge of your paper (so that the handle is off the edge)

To enable the card to stay closed, you will need to utilise self adhesive velcro dots. i placed one of the velcro pieces on top of the other and stuck the underside to the inside of the bag flap. This means that when you place the flap in the correct position, the other piece of velcro will also end up in the right place.

This is the basics of the card complete, and now for my favourite part- decorating!

First we start with the inside of the card, and need to cut a mat and layer to stamp the sentiment onto. i used the same centura pearl card that I also used on the outside. The pink card needs to be 3 1/2 inches square (8.8cm) and the square of white card that will be stamped on cut to 3 inches square (7.6cm)

Stamp your sentiment and glue both pieces together with all purpose glue, then add 3d foam tape to the back of the entire piece.

Add the square to the centre inside of the card. I also added butterflies, top left and bottom right, making sure that the embellishments stayed within the main square ( or folding the card back up will not work well!)

I then created some foam flowers, which i glued on with collall 3D glue, which completes the decoration for the inside.

If you wish you can add more panels above and below the main square, as long as they are free of embellishments, but I am going to write the message on the underside of the ‘handbag’.

To finish off, once the glue was dry, I folded the card back up, and closed the flap, before adding more foam flowers and a ribbon bow on the front. I also added a small embellishment to the bottom of the bag flap, from my stash, as I thought it looked pretty!

Products used:

1 piece 12×12 paper ( sew lovely paper pad)

2 sheets A4 centura pearl pastel pink from the pastels pack.

3D embossing folder- geometric triangles

Butterfly dies – spring is in the air collection

‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from clear ‘celebration words’ stamp set

Spectrum Noir quick dry ink in fuchsia ( to stamp the sentiment)

Spectrum Noir opaque ink in Fuchsia (to ink the paper edges)

8×8 textured card pack ‘brights’ in pink (to diecut the butterflies)

Nesting dies ‘torn edge oval 2’ for the bag flap

Flower forming foam in white, green and mauve


Flower forming dies – peony and the set included in the foam flower subscription box

Collall glue – all purpose, tacky and 3d

Double sided foam tape

Hot glue (to make flowers)

Gem and seam binding ribbon from my stash.

Useful tools-

Glue gun

Bone folder

Pokey tool

Ball tool

About rachel Gillham

I'm a twenty something mad cat lady, with a rescue cat and a passion for all things crafting... You can often find me tinkering with one or other of my machines, making cards, vinyl decals for items, or doodling quietly.

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