Gorgeous Paper Suitcase Tutorial

Updated: May 20, 2018

Hello lovelies,

today I would like to show you how to make your own gorgeous Suitcase out of cardstock. It's the perfect gift for someone who is planning to travel... you could put some travel money in it, or a voucher, or ticket for a special event.

I put hand warmers and something sweet to eat in mine.

These suitcases were made from Dapper Denim cardstock, which is finishing this current catalogue but there are some new and beautiful blues coming in the new Catalogue which I can't wait to get my hands on.

This one is slightly different in design of the Orchid Flowers and I have used Bermuda Bay A4 Cardstock for the actual suitcase. (This project got me in the top 5 Pick for INKspirations Colour Challenge).

I have really loved using the Climbing Orchid Bundle on cards but found it was just perfect to place one on top of the suitcase for pretty interest.

Anyway, how did I make it?

Well first of all I need to thank and acknowledge the person who originally designed and shared the suitcase and template... Dom Curieuse. Her website link is here..http://lartdelacuriosite.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/merci-patrons.html


This is her original suitcase design.

This is one of three pages, as can be seen it is the main piece. You fold on the dotted lines. The fatter part of the two ends is the TOP of the case.

The long narrow strip is the bit that is attached to the top of the case.

I didn't use the other two rectangle shapes as my cardstock was strong enough to keep the shape well.

Showing where the strip goes.

The third and final page, the largest piece is attached to the base of the case. The handle is the narrow thin middle piece and the buckle ( which I did not use is the smallest piece.

Instead of the buckle, I made two straps that wrap completely around the suitcase to give it an old fashioned feel.

I sandpapered Soft Suede A4 Cardstock after I cut it into 1/2" strips. (the length is the full length of an A4 sheet.... 29.7 cm or 11.69 inches )

I also sponged the straps with Soft Suede Stampin' Ink to give it a worn and distressed look.

The little strap holders are offcuts from a 1/2" strip, folded and glued on the back of the strap that is coming up from the bottom or underneath of the case. This holds the top closed.

I used copper coloured brads to attach the handles on.

The embellishments i used were bits of contrasting or complimenting colour ribbon and a cute tassel tied on with some Linen Thread.

I used all 3 coloured Tassels from the Mini Tassels Assortment. ( Mini Tassels Assortment144154Price: $13.00 for 12 Tassels

*This is a last-chance item and is available until 31 May or while supplies last)

I hope you found this useful and are able to create a beautiful Suitcase.

If you do make one, I'd love to see it!




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