Crafty Secrets June Linky Party and Tutorial

June 2014 CS Linky Party 09**Note:  this is my second post today.  If you are looking for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #9, please scroll down, or click HERE.

Crafty Secrets June Linky Party

Hello, friends!  And welcome to the Crafty Secrets June Linky Party!  The design team has some wonderful tutorials to share with you featuring  papers, stamps and ephemera from Crafty Secrets.  Each month we invite you to share your creations with us in our Linky party.  Simply create a new project featuring a Crafty Secrets product and link it to the BLOG and you’ll automatically receive a $6 store credit.  One lucky participant will randomly be chosen to win a $50 shopping spree in the store!  If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, you can download FREE images from the Crafty Secrets blog; just look in the sidebar!  Now, on to this month’s project: the Barbershop Masculine Gift Wallet Tutorial!

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This fun gift wallet is made with one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock and decorated with papers and artwork from the  Digital Barbershop Kit.  This is a great set to use when you are looking for masculine images.  It includes 15 different papers and over 40 pieces of ephemera.  I also used the Bingo Cards from Creating with Vintage Typography and Office Altered Heartwarming Vintage Stickers. The stamped sentiment on the front of the wallet is from Car Classics, but you could easily just computer journal the sentiment of your choice. The wallet measures 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and is a simple fold with a tab closure.  I created a template for you so you can make it yourself.

June 2014 CS Linky Party 01You’ll need a 12″ square piece of sturdy cardstock.  To create the curved sides, you can trace around a small bowl.  Score with a scoring tool and then fold and crease with a bone folder.  Use a craft knife to cut the slot for the tab closure.  When it’s all folded, the back side will look like this:

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And the front side will just be  a simple rectangular shape like this:

June 2014 CS Linky Party 03Now the fun part!  Print off the papers of your choice from the Barbershop Kit.  I like to print my papers to a 5″x7″ size, two per page.  The pattern is then properly sized for the project.  But you can also print a full sized sheet.  It’s really just a matter of preference.  As you cover your base, be sure to cut in the slot for your tab insert as you go.  Once you’ve covered all the flat surfaces, you can begin to decorate.  You’ve already seen the front of my wallet, but here’s a look at the back:

June 2014 CS Linky Party 010I created a rosette from the blue check paper and then topped it with a digital stamp from the Mustache Men Digital Stamp Set.  I cut it out with  Spellbinder’s circle die, treated it to a coat of UTEE and then mounted only the top half to the flap using foam dots.  This way, I cover up the tab and slot, but I can still open my wallet.  The Jute String just slips off the side for easy opening.

June 2014 CS Linky Party 05On the inside, I layered lots of the wonderful artwork from Barbershop.  The stars were re-sized and printed then treated with Glossy Accents.  I made the banner by trimming out a border piece from one of the papers.  The Best Father in the World has been resized to fit my project, but you can also print this out in a large format and use it on T-shirts or posters!  Gotta love the versatility of digital!  I added a little metal crown to the poster, just for fun.

June 2014 CS Linky Party 06To create the pocket on the bottom flap, I folded a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of barbershop paper in half.  I glued the sides together, then used my Corner Chomper to shape the corners on the folded edge.  I blued along the bottom and on each side, leaving the top open to hold my tags, which I mounted on the frame from the kit.    It looks for all the world like a dimensional porcelain frame.  I sized it so that 4 would fit on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock, trimmed them out, inked the edges with Vintage photo and then mounted the sweet bits of ephemera to them.  A little pewter clip is at the top of each tag. I also added some metal embellishments here and there for extra dimension and texture.

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I wanted you to see the detail on these tags!  It looks embossed, doesn’t it?  but it’s not!  I left one tag blank to receive a personal message. You could easily tuck in a gift card, tickets or other small goodies.  Because the sides of the wallet are not glued, it will hold quite a lot of swag.  You could make your pocket deeper if you wanted to….or eliminate the pocket altogether.  Either way, it’s a really fun, interactive gift that would be great for Father’s Day, masculine birthdays, or even a new dad.

Here are the links to the rest of the girls on the design team.  Be sure to go visit them, leave them some love and then link up YOUR project to the Crafty Secrets June Linky Party blog by midnight PT on June 8th. We’ll be popping in to take a peeky at your crafty creations!  Vicki Chrisman is taking a break this time around, but will be back soon!

Thanks for stopping by!   I can’t wait to see what you create with your Crafty Secrets goodies!  Sharing projects with you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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10 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets June Linky Party and Tutorial

  1. Sandy

    What a cool card Kathy, I love the envelope template you made and every single thing you added and did makes it spectacular!

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Elizabeth Lincoln

    Kathy, I am speechless! The detail and care you put into creating this work of art is inspiring. You are right the frame does look like aged porcelain. Sandy will be thrilled when she sees what you made with this wonderful set.

  3. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW! You are just amazingly talented! LOVE what you’ve created with this fun Barbershop set … so manly! As always, thanks for inspiration … I can always depend on you for ‘something new’! HUGS!

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