Trés Chic Purse

By  Margot Potter 

  • Trés Chic Purse


  • 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


  • 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
  • 1. Remove hardware from purse.
  • 2. Sand and wipe dust.
  • 3. Basecoat entire purse Licorice. Let dry.
  • 4. Prepare image for purse. (Note: Designer scanned, sized and printed image on a photoquality printer. Always use permission-free images for your work.)
  • 5. Follow manufacturer's instructions to découpage image to purse. Let dry. (Note: Smooth any bubbles with brayer.)
  • 6. Paint sides of purse with think strokes of crackle paint. Let dry.
  • 7. Lightly sand image.
  • 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.
  • 9. Use Distress ink on foam applicator to rub into paint for an aged appearance.
  • 10. Use applicator to dab some ink around edges of image and on paint dabbed on image.
  • 11. Use Red Pepper ink to stamp flourish on front of purse.
  • 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.
  • 13. Use heat tool to partially dry Mod Podge so it begins to bubble.
  • 14. Dab this with sea sponge in painted areas to pick up some decoupage medium and create texture for a beeswax effect.
  • 15. When dry, rub thin layer of distress ink across it with foam.
  • 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.
  • 17. Glue buttons around edge of photo. Let dry.
  • 18. Adhere white paper to back of clear tiles to spell "Très Chic", trimming excess. Glue letters to sides of photo.
  • 19. Use pens to add details to red inked portions of purse.
  • 20. Ink stamp with black and randomly dab it around edges of purse.
  • 21. Paint sides and back with Mod Podge.
  • 22. Reattach hardware.