Tuesday 12 August 2014

Retro Handbag Card

Hello Folks, apologies that there has been a bit of a hiatus post-wise, I was away on business with very limited Internet access and no access to crafting equipment!  Anyhow, enough about that, thought I'd come back a share with you a lovely but simple shaped Retro Handbag Card.
Tonic Studios Butterfly Purse Retro Handbag Card
Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Verso Butterfly Purse Die Set, Layering Oval Dies, Layering Butterfly Dies, Verdent Vines Dies, Everyday Sentiment Die set 1Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: First Edition Spring Feast, Textured Card
Embellishments: Rhinestone Swirl 
This card is a remodelling of a card style I first designed in October 2007 (see my original pictured left).  Back then, we didn't have all these lovely thin dies to use and I used to cut the original flap part using a cutting compass (and it failed to cut cleanly 50% of the time)!  This time around I used my Butterfly Purse Die - perfect for the job in hand and so much more reliable and quicker too.

Back in 2007, we also didn't have easy access to die cut greetings either, but I am so glad things have moved forward since then, as I think this Happy Birthday greeting is the perfect addition to the inside of this card.

My favourite handbag brand is Radley and they often use applique methods to adorn their bags.  So I mimicked the style with various die cut shapes to add texture.

Whilst the tools we use may change and improve, we still need ideas and inspiration for making our cards, so I do hope that this updated blast from the past has given you some inspiration too. I'd love to hear if you too have re-made a classic old card design, please leave me a comment below and share a link if you've blogged it too! Pin It Now!


  1. A lovely card Dips, I like the original but the modern day one is beautiful. Good to see nothing nasty has happened to you and that it was just 'life' getting in the way of you blogging.

  2. wow loving your radley style handbag card Dips ... very clever ... I have been a bit absent from my blog too ... but hope to catch up soon ... hope you are having a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  3. Lovely card dips. Welcome back

  4. oh my goodness dips ... getting a bit confused lol ... me confused ... YES ... I have already commented on your lovely Radley handbag and thought I was going to see a Christmas cake as on the do-craft gallery but ended up on your blog ... ho hum ... anyway love your handbag and your cake lol ... happy crafting and love sandy ...

  5. my last comment didnt appear, so trying again :D Loved your new projects, good to see you back blogging

  6. Beautiful card...love the colours...Joolsx

  7. This card is just cool, funky and girlie. Great!
    Heike xx

  8. Hiya Dips
    This really is a very pretty handbag card, I remember making these years ago... but even then mine weren't as precise as yours. Your up-to-date card is gorgeous and these delicate dies really finish it off beautifully.

  9. How smart - most of us girls would love to get a card like this!

  10. Beatiful bag cards. I made a few of these back in the day as well. They didn't look half as good as yours though. Those Tonic dies certainly help!
    Anne x


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