Trés Chic Purse

Materials

  • Wooden Purse Blank (available at AC Moore)
  • Vintage image to fit front of purse
  • Vintage or new buttons
  • Assorted flat-back foiled crystals (Swarovski): Jet; Crystal; Alabaster
  • Clear plastic letter charms (Jo-Ann)
  • Black plastic and Siam crystal banding (Swarovski)
  • White paper

Tools

  • Flourish stamp (Inkadinkado)
  • Archival Ink Jet (Ranger)
  • Ink pads (Ranger): Adirondack Red Pepper; Distress Vintage Photo
  • Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger): Snow Cap
  • FolkArt Acrylic Colors (Plaid): Licorice
  • 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Matte Mod Podge (Plaid)
  • Silver Rolling Ball Pen (Sailor)
  • Black fine-tip permanent pen
  • Heat-it Craft Tool (Ranger)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Screw driver
  • Brayer

Directions

STEP 1

  • Remove hardware from purse.

STEP 2

  • Sand and wipe dust.

STEP 3

  • Basecoat entire purse Licorice. Let dry.

STEP 4

  • Prepare image for purse. (Note: Designer scanned, sized and printed image on a photoquality printer. Always use permission-free images for your work.)

STEP 5

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to découpage image to purse. Let dry. (Note: Smooth any bubbles with brayer.)

STEP 6

  • Paint sides of purse with think strokes of crackle paint. Let dry.

STEP 7

  • Lightly sand image.

STEP 8

  • Use sea sponge to dab small amounts of crackle paint on front of purse and around edges of image. Add a few small dabs on image. Let dry.

STEP 9

  • Use Distress ink on foam applicator to rub into paint for an aged appearance.

STEP 10

  • Use applicator to dab some ink around edges of image and on paint dabbed on image.

STEP 11

  • Use Red Pepper ink to stamp flourish on front of purse.

STEP 12

  • Paint a layer of Mod Podge over front of purse. The ink will run a bit, but try to keep it all in same area and clean brush before painting over focal image.

STEP 13

  • Use heat tool to partially dry Mod Podge so it begins to bubble.

STEP 14

  • Dab this with sea sponge in painted areas to pick up some decoupage medium and create texture for a beeswax effect.

STEP 15

  • When dry, rub thin layer of distress ink across it with foam.

STEP 16

  • Dab thin layer of paint over inked portions of front of purse using small corner of sea sponge. Let dry and add distress ink again with foam.

STEP 17

  • Glue buttons around edge of photo. Let dry.

STEP 18

  • Adhere white paper to back of clear tiles to spell “Très Chic”, trimming excess. Glue letters to sides of photo.

STEP 19

  • Use pens to add details to red inked portions of purse.

STEP 20

  • Ink stamp with black and randomly dab it around edges of purse.

STEP 21

  • Paint sides and back with Mod Podge.

STEP 22

  • Reattach hardware.
by Margot Potter
Trés Chic Purse
Trés Chic Purse