I used the Painted Season's Bundle from Sale-a-bration (no no longer available, but any DSP would work). Here is the inside and envelope of the "Happy Mother's Day" card above. I absolutely LOVE those flowers! To make the 3D flower on that card (and on the tote) - I just stamped 3 images of the flower from the Painted Season's stamp set, then cut them out, cut slits into the top two layers around the petals a bit, attached the 3 of them together with glue dots in the middle, then crunched them up to the center a bit to get a real floral look to them.
I want to point out the embellishments I used for the centers of the 3D flowers. They are pretty just as they come - but I wanted them just a little darker to match the flowers on the DSP - so I took out my bronze blend and added some color to them. Once it dries (almost immediately) it is permanent. You can color nearly any embellishment with these great markers to match your projects.
I also wanted to just quickly show how I applied the extra sticky strip to the back of my layers (strips and DSP) - I used it the entire length, as I do not want the tote to fall apart!
Here is the completed tote - it takes 1 - 3 1/2" x 11 1/2" piece of DSP (tote sides), 2 - 1/2" x 11 1/2" pieces of CS (top and bottom trim), 2 - 3/8" x 6" pieces of CS (handles) and a 2 1/4" x 5" piece of CS for the bottom of the tote. This piece is scored all the way around at 1/2", I cut and scored as shown below - and folded up and adhered the sides and tabs to make a base for the DSP to be wrapped around. Here's a visual of the base pattern and DSP pattern -
Then added the trim pieces and handles after with brads, and then added the flower with a dimensional. The list of ways you could decorate this is endless.
Inside the tote I put these three coordinating notecards - decorated with the same DSP and three different sentiments. Although it could hold candies, perfume, jewelry - whatever you would like to add to it.
On these I also decorated the flap of the envelopes with coordinating DSP - really brings it all together and cohesive. I find the best way to to just cut a large enough strip of DSP to cover the flap. Add snail to the outside edge of the flap, all the way around, lay down that strip of DSP, and trim with my snips.
When finished they look just lovely - how fun to get in the mail!
I hope you enjoyed these projects and got some inspiration for creating. I would love it if you left me a comment below. Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more wonderful Posts with a Mother's Day theme. See you soon with more ideas! ~Maureen
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