Monday, June 18, 2018

My Other Creations: Pen Pouch using Dina Wakley's Giant Funky Silhouettes Stencil

"Transport It" is this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  I made a pouch to be able to transport my pens from Point A to Point B.
My secret to making any sort of pouch or coin purse out of paper is to cover all the components with a clear type of material- in this case, peel and stick clear laminate.  It "plasticizes" the paper (as if you've heat-laminated it) and makes it more hearty.  Then I sew a zipper in and sew all the pieces together with a sewing machine.  I did a full tutorial on this process a few years ago (including clear materials that worked and didn't work) that you can see here.

I gave some oomph to this silhouette shape by collaging pieces of patterned paper together and by adding a party hat.

My daughter and I had a lot of fun playing with Shrink Film, too!  We drew and stamped shapes, threw it in the oven, and baked it until it shrunk down.  This is how I made the cat charm on the zipper.  I also made a tassel out of embroidery floss and yarn.

I built up my background with patterned paper, Washi tape, Gesso and paint.  Love this face-filled Washi tape by Jane Davenport!

The only cautionary tale I will leave with you when making a pouch or coin purse or anything else with a zipper is to test the zipper a few times before sewing it in!  There's nothing worse than putting a whole project together only to find that the zipper is defective!  That's happened a time or two to me, so I have learned to be a perpetual zipper-tester!

Here are the supplies I used which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

Grafix Shrink Film- White

Photoplay, Spring in My Garden 12x12 Paper

The Ink Road Meow Mix Clear Stamps

I'm excited to see what you come up with for this week's challenge!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.