Paper Handbag and Rocker Card Set

Hello, G45ers!

Today Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Elisabeth Hogarth has two projects to share with us that can be used together as a set or individually.  Behold the Wild & Free Paper Handbag and Rocker Card Set!  These cards are super cute and would be great for baby shower invitations, birthday cards, or even as a thank you note.  Plus, the adorable handbag is great as a card set holder but can also be used as a gift bag!  Check out the #G45Reel to watch these projects come together.




By Elisabeth Hogarth

The Graphic 45 Wild and Free collection is full of stunning imagery and animal patterns.  My idea popped up from the pale pink and taupe leopard print design and developed into a mini handbag with complimenting rocker cards.  The leopard print bag can be used as a gift bag or to store four mini rocker cards.



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Let’s begin by making the four rocker cards.  For each card, cut 4 circles as below:

1 x 5 ¼” D circle Kraft card or white card(a scalloped edge works well)

1 x 4 ½” D patterned paper

1 x 4” D  circle Kraft card or white card(a scalloped edge works well)

1 x 3 ⅝” D patterned paper

Wild and Free Ephemera Assortment

Wild and Free Journaling Cards



Take the largest scalloped circle.  Fold in half and crease with bone folder.



Take the largest patterned circle and repeat the process



Adhere the folded patterned circle onto the base circle



Add the smaller scalloped circle to the front of the card.



Add the decorative topper.  There are plenty of images on the Wild and Free 12×12 papers which can be framed to create the topper.  Alternatively, use a Journaling Card.



The Wild and Free Ephemera Assortment can be used to add the finishing touches.  3D gel glue helps to raise the smaller elements and give definition to each design.



Here are the other card designs.  Try to keep the embellishments to a minimum to allow the card to evenly “rocker”.






The handbag is large enough to comfortably fit the four rocker cards.  Alternatively, it can be used as a matching gift bag.

For one bag: (this bag is white but kraft card would work well)

2 x 5 ½” D plain circles

2 x 3” D plain semi circles

2 x 5 ¼” D patterned scalloped circles

1 x 3 ½ “by 11 ½” strip white card

2 x 1 ½” by 12” strip patterned paper

Wild and Free Journalling Card and Ephemera

Begin by scoring the 3 ½” by 11 1’2” strip of card, lengthways at 1” and 2 ½”



Zig-zag both sides of the strip by cutting narrow triangles away at intervals.



Manipulate the strip so that the zig zag tabs fit around the curve of the semi- circle.  Secure with wet glue.



Cut away the excess with scissors.  This will be hidden by the front panels of the bag.  This needs to be repeated for both sides.



Use one of the patterned strips to decorate the curve of the bag.



Use the second strip of patterned paper to create the handle of the bag. Adere to the inside of the semi circle.



Adhere each of the plain 5 ¼” circles either side of the bag.  Remember to only add glue to the lower half of the circle.



Decorate the bag with the Wild and Free patterned paper, Journaling cards and Ephemera.



The Wild and Free Handbag is now ready for the four rocker cards.



I hope you will enjoy creating your own set of rocker cards and the matching handbag.  Please share your creations with the team at Graphic 45.

Happy crafting!

Love Elisabeth  xx



  • Use lightweight cardstock to create the base of the bag.  This will give the back of the bag some flexibility to slide the cards in and out.
  • Add even numbers of embellishments to either side of the cards and bag to allow them to stand and to rock.
  • Be frugal with the 12×12 papers and cut the strips for the bag from the same Wild and Free paper as the toppers.







Looking for more 3D cards by Elisabeth?

Summer Bonnet Easel Card featuring Cottage Life by Elisabeth Hogarth



Tuxedo Card Tutorial featuring Couture by Elisabeth Hogarth


Happy Papercrafting!


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