Sunday, November 15, 2009

Faux Alligator Wristlet



I have been looking online for gift card holder ideas. I came across this adorable wristlet on Gretchen's blog. I bought a few of her other tutorials but felt I could figure out the instructions for the wristlet on my own. I found the tutorial for how to do the faux alligator technique here. Gretchen posted on her blog that she used the Stampin Up top note die and the #2 Box die. I have the top note die but I don't have the #2 box die. I didn't want to buy the instructions only for it to tell me to use the #2 Box die that I don't have, so I figured I could come up with an alternative of my own. I wanted it to be able to hold a gift card. Mine turned out a little smaller than what her wristlets look like, but I'm still pleased with the final product. It doesn't even look like it's made from paper! This technique is easy and looks impressive. I'm thinking about giving these to co-workers with a gift card to Starbucks in them, or just putting some candy, or maybe a little kleenex package and some mints... the possibilities are endless!

The box that I made is 6"x 5"; I scored 1/2" along both 6" sides, and at 2 3/4" in from both edges on the 5" side. Cut the tabs and fold it to form the box. I also did the faux alligator technique on the edges of the box that the recipient will see. I added an eyelet to the side of the box and threaded a ribbon through. I also added a brad to the front and velcro to keep the front part of the wristlet closed. Hope you like it!

6 comments:

Susan said...

Like it??? I LOVE it! What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing the link to the faux alligator tutorial. That looks so easy and so real. I bet it would also make a great background on a card. I have to try this.

Janice W. said...

I was going to say that!!(What Susan said) You are so talented and it really does look like leather. I will have to check out the link later. I have to get some zzzzz....

Judy said...

Well, Susan and Janice beat me to it. I love it too!! It doesn't look like paper at all. Very clever!

rae said...

oh WOW Heidi, this is gorgeous!!!!!
hope that all is well with you :)
hugs!!

Annette said...

Wow Heidi!!!! I thought this was real until I read your post, this is absolutely stunning! What a great idea, you are so creative!

rubberstampinzone said...

I second and thrid what the others said. It really is outta' this world pretty. I think your alternative method worked amazingly. Fab gift idea .
It truly doesn't look like paper at all.
Thanks for shring the links too!