A while ago I made a handbag card and promised to do a little 'step by step' tutorial. I'm sure there are many ways to achieve the same end result, but this works for me - with very minimal use of a craft knife.
You'll need: Plain white card, two sheets of approximately 7" x 5.75" patterned paper, one A4 sheet of double sided adhesive film (or thick patterned card stock which means no layering) , glue, strong double sided adhesive tape, a couple of oval Nestabilities or similar dies, low-tack removable tape, corner chomper/punch or scissors, embellishments to finish the card.
1. Take two Nestabilities or similar, to sit inside one another and form the handle. I used ovals but circles, hexagons, squares and really most other shapes would work fine. Pick the largest two from whichever set you're going to use - unless they're Grand Nestabilities of course. An outside width when the two Nesties are inside one another of about 3.5, possibly 4 inches is good. Then tape them together with low-tack tape like this - and also mark a line across on each piece of the side tapes. That line is going to be important when you're doing the die cutting - if you look closely you'll see that I'm just about to cut this with the Cuttlebug and the top plate needs to be lined up right on that line so it will only cut across one half of the oval Nesties:
Some more detail of the goodies I used:
- one A4 sheet of white card stock
- one A4 sheet of Woodware double sided adhesive film - of course life could be easier if you used good strong patterned card in the first place! Duh :(
- papers from the Kitsch Collection by Craftwork Cards
- embellishments from the same collection, dog (I added the googly eye), bow, mini card candi
- sentiment is also Craftwork Cards, popped onto a red oval snippet
- and finally a cute little 'Radley' style dog charm, tied on with a little piece of silver cord 'cos by that stage I truly couldn't face adding a silver chain
This card took longer than usual to make, due to taking photos and making notes along the way, so I do hope it's useful to someone. The actual process is pretty quick so I challenge one or more of you to have a go :)