Friday, August 7, 2009


Several people have asked for directions to some of the the projects from my Big Shot class. After much investigation, I think I have finally figured out how to get them from Word to here. First up is a FREE Tutorial for the Faux Alligator-Skin Purses that I posted on July 29. Enjoy!

  • Card stock – Chocolate Chip
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Ribbon – 16” Chocolate Chip 1/4” Grosgrain
  • Accessories – Jumbo Eyelet (Antique Brass or Pewter), 3/8” Velcro, Designer Hardware or Brad, Clear Embossing Powder, Sticky Strip
  • Tools – Crop-a-Dile, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Heat Tool, Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Cutter/Scorer
  1. Cut three Top Note Die cuts and one Box #2 Die Cut from Chocolate Chip card stock.
  2. Using your Versamark Ink Pad, coat one side of each of the three Top Note Die cuts with ink. Cover with clear embossing powder.
  3. Using the Bone Folder, run the point through the embossing powder, making several irregular lines both horizontally and vertically. Do not draw straight lines - a random or wavy pattern looks more natural. Do this with all three Top Note dies. Heat ~ do not overcook but be sure the entire surface is glossy.
  4. Trim 2 of the Top Note pieces (leave one whole). Align the side points with the 1” mark on your paper cutter and trim. Turn the Top Note 180 degrees and align the side points with the 1.5” mark on your paper cutter and trim.
  5. If not all ready done, trim off the top flaps of the Box Die Cut. Fold the score lines & crease with Bone Folder. Apply Sticky Strip on the small side tab and press the tab under the edge of the box. Assemble the box.
  6. Apply two rows of Sticky Strip on each long side of the box. Attach one Top Note side piece to each side of the box making sure that the embossed side is on the outside of the box. Also, make sure the side points line up on both pieces.
  7. On the remaining embossed Top Note, crease the side that isn’t embossed by using a ruler and your Bone Folder. Crease the center between the points on the short sides. Fold gently so that the embossing powder doesn’t crack.
  8. On the front, in the center, attach the Designer Hardware, brad, grommet or other desired closure. Use your Crop-a-Dile to set the eyelet. Use the 3/16” hole punch and setting A1 for open-center pieces. Use setting B1 for solid pieces of hardware.
  9. Apply three lines of Sticky Strip to the back flap. Add Velcro to the inside front flap covering the back of the hardware.
  10. Hold the purse in your hands, look into the top and gently push on each side to make it ‘fold’ into the inside.
  11. Using your Crop-a-Dile, punch a 3/16” hole on the left side of the purse side, towards the back. Do not put it in the center. Set the Jumbo Eyelet.
  12. Loop the ribbon and tie an over-hand knot in the end. Insert the loop through the eyelet, from the inside of the purse to the outside. Tie another knot on the outside of the eyelet.
  13. Peel your Sticky Strip on the back of the flap, carefully align and center the flap and stick down to your purse. Remove the second Velcro backing and fold the front flap down. Your Wristlet is now complete! Add a gift card, small gift or sweet treat!


  1. Hi Marie,
    Could you show your wristlet open so we can get a visual of your instructions? I am a hands on type learner and would love a picture tutorial if you have one :)

  2. These little purses are just beautiful..can't wait to try one!


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