Inka's Paper Purse

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First you will need to print your pattern. If you try to print it from the web it will not print the right size. So you will need to save it to your computer. If you are running windows do this by right clicking on the picture of the pattern. A box will pop up with a list of options. Choose "save picture as". Now another box will pop up. Choose where you would like the picture to be saved and make a note of where you put it so you can find it when you have a program open that you can print it with. My documents or My Pictures is a good place to save your pattern to. Once you have chosen the location click "save".
Any photo program will work to open and print the pattern. Open your photo program then look for the icon to open a picture file you saved from the tool bar of that program. If you don't have any photo program you can use "mspaint". This use to be under "Accessories" on your start menu but the new computers don't have it in the accessories anymore. It is still on your computer though and you can still use it. To find "mspaint" on your computer begin at your computers start button. When the menu pops up look for search. Once you have search open click on the arrow that says "All files and folders" type "paint' in the box, click on the search button. A list of files will form in the white area to the right of the search box you are looking at. Find "mspaint" on the list and click on it. Windows paint will open and you can open the file and print your pattern. Under "File" then "Open" look for where you have stored the picture of your pattern. Once the image is on your screen just click on the Print icon choose the "fit to page" option on the printer options menu.
Now that you have your pattern printed you can use a repositionable glue stick lightly on the backside of the print of your pattern. This will make your pattern into a giant Post-it-note. Stick it to a scrap piece of paper to remove any excess glue. You would not want to get glue on your project and after it has been stuck once any glue that is going to come off will. Place the pattern on a sheet of cardstock score it and cut it out. Remove and discard the post-it pattern. After removing the pattern from your cardstock wipe it with a used dryer sheet to remove any unseen glue. This way if you plan to use embossing powder it will only stick where you want it to. Stick it to your cardstock and score your lines right through the paper. When your pattern is removed ... no lines! I printed it directly on the paper in the example pictures because I felt you needed to see the lines for the instructions

Now that you have your pattern printed onto cardstock, score all the dashed fold lines. You will also need to score the curved lines where you see the pinking tabs (see pic 1). When you are doing a box that has a curved corners you need lots of little tabs if you want the curve to be smooth. Also if you hold a spoon along the curve as you score it will come out much smoother. Now you want to start cutting it out. Cut the curved lines (with no pinked edges) first (see pic 2). This is important because as you cut that curve the paper to the other side of your scissors becomes the side of the first peaked tab (see pic3). If you fold the side section back you can use pinking shears to cut the other curved lines. If you have no pinking shears then you can use regular scissors but the pinking shears make it easier. Make sure you do not cut the section of paper off that is between the side and the front and side, again see pic 3. Stamp as desired. I used stamps from our sponsor Scrolls Work Rubber Stamps. I also used an eraser on the end of a pencil to make the dots on the yellow purse. Once you have it cut out and stamped fold it in half as in pic 4.Then reverse it and fold it on the same line with the inside of the purse facing out. This will make the line fold smoothly.

Once you have it folded with the inside of the purse to the out side fold the pre-scored corner line as you see in pic. 5. Again fold in one direction and then the other so that the sides look like you see in pic. 6. When you fold the curved peaked edges, place your thumbnail on the scored curved line so that when you bend them up the line is smooth. You can also see me doing this in pic. 6. Your purse should now look like picture 7.

Ready to start gluing! I use tacky glue all along the edges of one side. Bend it so the paper arches and stick the peaked tabs into the glue. Use your thumbnail to slide the edges together (see pic. 8, do this on all four sides.

I punched holes on the sides to attach my handle, you may wish to punch them on the top. Hold your handle up and decide which way you like it best.

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