Kensington Handbag in Metallic – Karen Hasheck


Karen here today and I am sharing a Kensington Handbag gift card holder and a new embossing powder technique I have discovered. I have to say I absolutely love this new Kensington Handbag die set from Tonic Studios! It is just perfect for a small gift like a gift card or for a decoration at a bridal shower or friend’s gathering. To see many more ideas using with this versatile die, check out the Tonic U.S.A. Kensington Handbag Pinterest board here.

I started by cutting out the main purse and side piece dies out of textured black cardstock and one of the front side pieces as well. I embossed the front piece in the Rosalyn Forever Moments A4 embossing folder and then rubbed Nuvo Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse over it for the lovely gold and black roses background.

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I discovered a new technique using Nuvo embossing powders recently and I made the back, top and purse handle ovals with my Metallic Camo technique. I have never seen this idea on Pinterest, in stamping magazines or on any of the blogs I follow so I think it is original. If you have seen it elsewhere or done it yourself, please let me know so I can give proper credit.

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I was thinking about different ways to use embossing powder and I wondered what would happen if I applied it to a two sided sticky sheet or strip? I sprinkled on Nuvo Classic Silver embossing powder in patches on the sticky strip by Sookang, removed the excess using the folded cardstock piece to return it to the jar. Then I repeated the process with the Nuvo Jet Black embossing powder. I finished with the Nuvo Classic Gold embossing powder filling in all the white space and then heat set the strip with my heat gun. The result is the gorgeous textured metallic finish seen here:

I shared some hints of this technique on my blog and one of my brilliant followers suggested it looks like camouflage, so I named it Metallic Camo Technique. I die cut the top, back and purse handle ovals out of these textured embossed pieces.


I die cut the purse handles out of black cardstock and attached them to the textured ovals with strong two sided tape. I added 3 perfect self-leveling drops of Bright Gold Crystal Drops to each purse handle. I wanted to use this beautiful purse to give a gift card to a friend, so I added one more strip of the Metallic Camo to the inside to hold the gift card in place.


I love how this Kensington Handbag gift card holder turned out and hope it has inspired you to try making one yourself. Be sure to subscribe to the Tonic U.S.A. blog or follow us on Facebook here to see what the rest of the Tonic U.S.A. design team members make with this die set and others.

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: 763E Kensington Handbag Die, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Rosalyn Forever Moments Embossing Folder,  Nuvo Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Classic Gold, Classic Silver and Jet Black Embossing Powders, Nuvo Bright Gold Crystal Drops

Other: Sookang Two Sided Sticky Tape Rolls and sheets, heat gun, glue dots

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