Mynette's Technique Tuesday challenge. This month she's kindly given us a lesson on how to make faux leather using masking tape and all we have to do is make something of it. Just like the quick-witted Winnie the Pooh, I thought and I thought and all I could say was "Oh bother!"...until today. A trip to the Body Shop ended with a few freebie sachets of Shea Body Butter being shoved into my shopping bag. I don't fancy smothering stuff that smell like food on my skin (makes me hungry) but I know someone who takes pleasure in smelling like a tropical fruit punch. Some free chocolate smoothie body cream is right up her alley. A nice receptacle and gift voucher will make it a wonderful gift.
After shopping, I headed straight to my craft corner and a couple of hours or so later I emerged with this toy tote, thanks to Mynette's tutorial and some inspiration from Top Tip's Tuesday #85: "Recycle It". Since I'm sort of pleased with the way it turned out...for the most part, I'm also linking up this project over at Anything but a Card #2: "Texture", Pile It On #38: "It's A Stitch Up!" and Simon Says Stamp & Show: "Tape It Up!". There's also a how-to pictorial if you decide to make your own toy tote.
|Here's my toy-tote. It is 4-1/4" at the base and stands 6-1/4" tall. The front and back panels are faux leather.|
|The straps are made of ribbon.|
|The bag is 3/4" thick and can comfortably hold 6 sachet of body butter and a gift voucher. I couldn't help but stitch all the panels. Just keeping it real, folks!|
|On the front I have a tag; the behind is plain.|
|Here's a close-up of the faux leather. The masking tape and Snowflake EP offer plenty of interesting texture. A very tactile tote! For the tag, I used Spellbinder dies and the sentiment is by Waltzing Mouse Stamps.|
|Quite a roomy tote. Will also hold a|
bar of two of real chocolate.
So what have I recycled? These 2 items: crochet thread from a trunkful of threads, yarn, needles, bobbins etc that I inherited from Conan's great-aunt when she passed away 5 years ago and a roll of painter's masking tape that Conan bought last month but never used because someone left it out in the rain and it got all wrinkly. Personally, I wouldn't recommend intentionally leaving your husband's toys out in the rain, unless of course you felt compelled to subtly inform him that cutting copper wires with your ribbon scissors is oh so wrong. It's great when you can communicate this frankly with your spouse!
On to the pic-toot-orial:
|Cut 2 pieces of CS in kraft / tan measuring 6-1/4" x 4-1/4" each.|
|On the 4-1/4" side measure and mark 3/8" in from both ends. Draw a straight line down to the bottom end as shown above and cut off both these portions and ...|
|... the rectangle now measures 3-1/2" on top and 4-1/4" at the bottom.|
|Repeat with the other piece and you should have 2 pieces as above.|
|For the base of the tote: cut a piece of CS measuring 4-1/4" x 1-1/4". Score 1/4" on both long ends, leaving a central panel of 3/4".|
|For the sides of the tote: cut a piece of CS measuring 6-3/4" x 1-1/4". Score 1/4" on both long ends, leaving a central panel of 3/4". On one end, score 1/2" in from edge, as shown above. Cut and score another piece of CS in exactly the same way.|
|To create tabs to hold the base, cut and remove the shaded area (as shown above) from the side pieces, where you made the 1/2" score. This will leave a 1/2" tab on both pieces of CS.|
|Next, I worked on the body panels of the tote - the faux leather for front & back. I followed Mynette's tutorial.|
|First I applied Memento Dessert Sand - direct to paper (panel on left) . The I applied Memento Rich Cocoa, also direct to paper (panel on right).|
|Didn't want to mess up my Versamark pad to I dabbed some refill all over the panels before...|
|... dumping the Snowflake EP all over the panels and heat-setting them. Here is the end result.|
|Then I adhered faux leather panel, which I had also given a dose of stitching.|
|Repeat the process on the other side.|
|Lastly, cut 2 pieces of ribbon, each 10" long, and attach to the top of the top tote (about 1/2" in from the edge) with brads. I've used 4 black brads, i.e 2 on each side.|
|Close-up of the faux-leather.|
Materials: Masking tape, PVC glue
Inks: Memento Dessert Sand and Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Embossing: Sticky Fingers Snowflake EP, Versamark Refill, heat tool
Materials: CS in tan and chocolate; Crochet thread for stitching
Handle: Ribbon, Brads
Tag: Spellbinders Beaded Ovals S4-294; Classic Ovals LG S4-110; WMS Say It Loud stamp set; Memento Rich Cocoa.
I know this project sounds complicated but trust me, it really isn't. It's just a tad fiddly because of the faux leather work. If you choose to use patterned paper, you can churn 'em out in no time. My measurements for this tote are based on the size of the Body Shop sachets with about 1/2" wriggle room and can easily be adapted for any size. If you have any questions, drop me a line.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon!
PS: Don't forget to swing by Make It Monday #108 for this week's spectacular show and tell!
Martini Bianco on ice and