Tuesday, April 12, 2011

purse holders

Morning, friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Lots of fun spring activities here, sports for Wally and the Beav, we took in a DC United game and on Sunday I took a cool beading class at Potomac Beads in Alexandria. (I haven't taken a picture of the necklace I made yet, but it was with ribbon, so it's pretty unique.)

I wanted to show you something I've been doing a bit of lately - check out these purse holders! Aren't they the coolest? I found them on Etsy, and I've been having fun making them suited to different people. My mom has always had a thing for quilting, so I made the one with the Quilt Block for her. The block is from Papertrey's Quilter's Block Additions. To make it, I stamped the block onto Fine Linen cardstock; you can't tell in the picture, but the cardstock was also stamped with Text Style background in Chamomile ink. (I found that it was a good subtle background to give it a little extra depth.) I colored the quilt block quickly with Copics (from the Scarlet Jewel and Enchanted Evening trios).

Since I didn't know how big of an area I would have, I just inked up the raised edge (in this case, the raised edge of the heart). I 'stamped' it onto the cardstock, giving me an idea of the space I had to use. Since the edge is metal, the ink wiped right off. The one with the butterfly is from Butterfly Dreams - great choice because it has several smaller images in it. It, too, has a stamped background with Text Style.

Once I had the images stamped, colored and cut, I adhered them in the purse holder with Diamond Glaze, then filled the area with more Diamond Glaze. To avoid bubbles, I try to keep the flow of glaze continuous and not lift up the tip. Not foolproof, but it seems to help. This next part may as well be torture for me, but once the area is filled, I then put them aside and left them alone for a day. See? Torture.

Here's a bit closer look. It's kind of tough to not get a lot of glare in the shot between the glaze and the metal, but you get the idea.

I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. When I ordered them, I wasn't really sure how it would be, but I'm glad I took the chance and followed my instincts. They're the perfect kind of gift that I like to give, too - pretty and purposeful.
I hope this inspires you to take a look around and see what else you can use your stamps with - the possibilities are endless! Have a great day - be well. 


Melissa said...

So pretty, Jenn!

Lueyes said...

These are so cute. Would you ming telling me what Etsy shop you used for the purse holders? I did a quick search and couldn't find it.

Jenn said...

Hi Lueyes,

I couldn't find a way to email you, so I hope you see this! :) I got these from the seller twpmango, but when I asked about more heart-shaped ones, they said this was the last of them. :( I did find round ones that are great from a seller named keijik. I hope this helps!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

What a lovely idea! At first I thought you may have used shrink material. But the tiny images just fit perfectly. So pretty and great gifts. TFS!