This blog post features an option for small item gift packaging as part of the Smooches for Mom gifts featured in this post.
Gift packaging for small items can be tricky; especially when the small items are the most expensive to purchase. You can only go so far with a small box. But what if you could find something a little more eye catching? Well I have just the thing!
I think this purse is just adorable! To put this little purse into perspective, the rectangular base at the bottom of the purse measures 1 3/8" x 2 3/4", the height of the side panel is 1 7/8", and the span between the two purse straps is 2". So you can see that this purse is just perfect for a small pair of earrings, a ring, a flexible bracelet, or a chain that doesn't tend to tangle. Of course, if you're looking for a distinctive favor for a Mother's Day Tea, Bridal Shower, or Sweet 16 party, this cutie is just perfect.
What makes this Petite Purse so great is that it's a die cut! It's being introduced by Stampin' Up! as part of the 2012-2013 Idea Book & Catalog Sneak Peek Summer Smooches promotion which ENDS in just a couple of days on April 30th. After Monday, you'll have to wait until June 1st to order this die cut and the fun paper that decorates it.
The purse was die cut from Island Indigo cardstock. A piece of the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was die cut, too; but the paper was placed only over the the back and top flap area of the die cut. Other areas of the Designer Series Paper die cut were clipped away (including the closure tab at the tip of the purse flap) with Paper Snips then the Designer Series Paper was adhered to the corresponding area of the Island Indigo die cut using Tombow Multi Adhesive. While the adhesive was still damp, the cover flap of the purse was gently manipulated with the fingertips to create a gentle curve to allow the closure tab to be inserted at the front of the purse. (You may want to gently insert the tip of the Paper Snips into the closure slot to widen it just a bit to make it easier for the tab to be inserted into the slot.)
Tombow Multi Adhesive was also placed along the side tabs (one side at a time), the tabs pressed to the the inside front panel of the purse, and held in place with the fingertips until the adhesive took hold (Mini Clothespins work great for this, too). Small spots of Tombow Multi Adhesive were placed at each end of the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon. One end of the ribbon was pressed in place at the center of one side panel; the opposite end of the ribbon at the center of the opposing panel.
That's all there is to it! Of course, you can gussy up these purses in a whole bunch of ways. There are lots of posts out there in the blog-o-sphere with some truly imaginative ideas for embellishing these purses. Just remember that to purchase this die cut or the lovely Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper before its "official" release date of June 1st, you'll need to place your order no later than Monday, April 30th. My on-line store is always open--just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button near the upper left sidebar of this blog page.
Enjoy the weekend!
Cardstock: Island Indigo; Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches; Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: Tombow Multi Adhesive; Tools: Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Standard Premium Crease Pad (with both Mylar Shims placed under the die cut), Petite Purse Bigz L die