Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mid Week Midnight Madness "Grace's Paper Wallet" Tutorial

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Today Grace is going to show you how she made this beautiful paper Wallet :)

I first saw the idea for this wallet card from John A VanMulders in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Oct. 2009 Edition. The directions were very limited, so I set out to make it my own and decided to make a tutorial for it while I was working on it. It's a fun presentation for those times you want to give a special gift of cash or check and also perhaps a gift card or a phone card for your college student... or whatever. It's unique because it does have both pockets, if you want them both.
I used the Football pattern paper from The Paper Co. It has a great look but it is hard to adhere so use tacky tape for sure! I also used Brushed Copper from the Paper Co, Georgia Pacific White and Basic Black.
Cut 12" x 12" paper @ 7"
Score across @ 4 1/4"
Score again @ 8 1/2"

For the inside:
Cut 1 piece 7" x 2 1/2" long (this is for the check or cash pocket).
Score and fold up 1/2" from bottom.
Cut 1 piece a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" (this is for the gift card pocket).
Score and fold up 1/2" from bottom.
Cut a piece 4 1/4" x 7". This will eventually be adhered to lower section of wallet inside

From Top, cut off 3 7/16". This leaves a flap of 13/16". The picture below shows where the 4 1/4" x 7" piece you just cut for the lower inside part will be adhered later.

Embellish the outside of wallet:
I cut 2 pieces of brushed copper from The Paper Co. One piece I cut 1" x 7" and the other is 3/4" x 7". I sewed across top and bottom of both pieces and attached my silver studded velvet ribbon by Brother & Sister Design Studio (Hobby Lobby). I wrapped about 1/2" of the ribbon around the ends of the 1" piece, used tape runner to adhere just the tape's width to the lower edge of the flap. I adhered a tiny magnet from BasicGrey to the middle of the copper strip, and then attached the 3/4" piece to the back of the flap, lining up with the lower edge of the front piece. This covers the ribbon, the magnet, and gives a finished sewn edge on the inside.

Next I added the opposite magnet piece to the back of my lower fold of the wallet.
Then I adhered the piece I cut to 4 1/4" x 7", covering the magnet. This magnetic closure works really well and is a nice touch!
For the front outside of my wallet I embellished with some silver corner pieces and a flower and brad (from Clear Dollar Stamps).

Finish the Inside of the Wallet:
Adhere tacky tape to the two "pockets" you cut and scored.

From the lower fold of the wallet on the inside , measure up 1" and adhere your 7 " long check/cash pocket, with folded flap on inside. This makes a pocket.
From the same lower fold of the wallet on the inside as above, measure up 1/2". Center your 4" long pocket and adhere with tacky tape. This will form a pocket for the gift/ phone card.
Embellish Inside of Wallet:
I stamped sentiment from Our Daily Bread designs "Thinking of You" set in VersaColor Black and clear embossed and cut with Spellbinder's Label #4.
I cut a square of black cs and centered and cut out a Spellbinder's Label #5. Using the negative part, I adhered to center of lower section, as a matting for my sentiment panel.
I used a QuicKutz corner die and cut 6 corners, stitched each one, and adhered as shown.

I do hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. It's one of the first I have written in this detail so I hope it was OK!


Grace, thank you so much for sharing this really fun tutorial with us.. You did an AWESOME job :)


  1. Grace, this Card wallet is AMAZING! How beautiful it turned out, just like a real wallet! The embellishments and the pockets you created makes this such a Great Gift! THanks for showing this treat! hugs ~Jeni

  2. That's so very neat Grace. Love the realistic texture DP and the design of this paper wallet is wonderful :o)

  3. Grace this is wonderful. I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us. You are awesome.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :}

  4. Grace this is AWESOME, it will make a great gift/card when I give money to all those graduates this spring!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. Great job!!

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  5. Wow Grace, it's absolutely GORGEOUS hun! Awesome papers...thanks for the tutorial!

  6. That is great paper, looks like faux leather. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. What an awesome tutorial, Grace. Thank you so much for sharing it. You did an amazing job on your sample. I would love to try this sometime. So many creative things out there that I have never even seen before. Every day is a new adventure in the craft world.


  8. Way to go out with a bank Grace..like I said in the post...AWESOME tutorial :)

  9. wow thank you this is a fab tutorial been looking to make something to put some images and things in as a gift so bless you and thank you so much for a nice and easy tutorial hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

  10. Beautiful work and wonderful idea on gift giving. Jane

  11. Grace, this is wonderful! I can see this being used for my son's birthdays in the near future! What a fun way to give a teen their favorite gift! :) Thanks so much for sharing with us. Michelle

  12. Wow, this is gorgeous ! I love different folding techniques, so I have to give this one a try :o)
    Thanks so much for the tutorial !

    Hugs, Gry-Heidi

  13. Beautiful paper wallet and excellent tutorial! I definitely gonna try this! Thanks for sharing!


  14. Love your paper wallet tutorial. You did an excellent job.

  15. Thats absolutely gorgeous
    hugs June xxx

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