Monday, July 7, 2008


Last week I found this material at the Hancock's Super 4th of July sale. It is a dark pink polyester netting with the different ribbons connecting the netting. I thought it would be fun to experiment with gluing this fabric to a purse! So I bought 1/2 yard for $1.00 and took it home. By the time I figured out that it would work, and went back to the store to buy a bit more, it was all gone. (sob!)
But I did find it in this pretty lavender and the yummy salmon pink.

Here's a closeup of what I did with the hot pink. I decoupaged some scrapbook papers with roses and some text from an old novel onto the side of the purse. When that was dry I covered the whole side with a a thick coating of Golden Gel Medium and pushed the netting into the gel medium and let it thoroughly dry. I have used this technique before with success with pieces of old lace. After it is dry, it is very strong, except that you may want to go around the edges of the bag and make sure that it is well glued in those areas.
Here's the purse that resulted in that technique. I used a vintage pink purse and I liked the combo of the paper and the textures of the netting and ribbons.

Then I think I may have gone too far when I added this vintage photo to the front of the purse. I affixed the photo first to some sturdy chipboard and glued it on with pop dots to the front of the purse. I was unhappy with that look, so I covered the pic in plain tan netting and then used Jacquard Gold Lumiere paint to put the bright gold border on the pic. (I originally had made a border by embossing the original photo print with bright gold embossing powder (Ranger Queen's Gold), but that did not show up well through the netting.)

Here's a closeup of the vintage photo. I have one charm I think I am going to add to the outside of the photo.
Here's where I would love to have your opinion. Do you like the purse better with or without the photo?


Nan said...

You have created a masterpiece! or.. pieces? I love the technique you have designed for these purses, My vote is they are great!

leavesofgreen said...

without Love, Sissy

obsessed scrapbooker said...

I'm gonna say without the picture, the purse is beautiful with that awesome netting and rose paper! Love it!

Rachel Murphree said...

I'm going to chime in, with my vote for "without" the vintage pic. it's so pretty the way it is. and I LOVE the burned out velvet one. You were inspired!