Monday, September 12, 2011
Challenge Break: Paper Wallet
However, she loved my envelope wallet and had asked me to make her one. Of course, why not :)
I used this video when making my first envelope wallet as a guide. But after I made my duct tape wallet I had some ideas on how I could change the design a little.
My sister has a serious sweet tooth. She LOVES candy (so much she even worked at Dylan's Candy Bar), she loves to bake yummy cupcakes, and it's real hard for her to say no to dessert. I'm pretty much the same, except I'm not that into candy--but I looooooove baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, cake, pie, yummmmm). She wanted her wallet to reflect her so we decided on a sweet tooth design.
Instead of using an envelope I used a 9 x 12 sheet of bleedproof paper from one of my sketch books. I chose this material instead because I felt it would be much more water resistant than a regular envelope. Even after I covered my envelope wallet with tape I was still concerned it might get water damage if water managed to seep into the inside folds of the envelope--all the places I couldn't reach with the tape. The bleedproof paper is much sturdier, in my opinion, and since it's just a sheet of paper there are no openings for water to leak in.
I covered the back side in duct tape to aid in the waterproofing and sturdiness of the wallet and drew the design on the front. My sister doesn't feel very confident in her drawing abilities, but she loves to colour so that was her job. :) I'm glad too, I think she came up with a much more unique colour palette than I would have come up with. Doesn't it look so adorable (and yummy)?
Once everything was coloured it was time to make the folds and incisions and what not. The trifold wasn't an option for us because I forgot to count in the material the envelope flap adds when making an envelope wallet. Our sheet of paper was too short :( ....but we got over this quickly and decided to just make it fold in half. No harm done!
I really liked the ID holder that the duct tape wallet had so we decided to put one on the front. When I finished it, I was a little concerned that her ID might fall out though since it's on the outside. But she's using it as a MetroCard case instead I think, so it's not going to waste :). In NYC, easy access to your MetroCard is a MUST!
We were both really happy with the outcome, even though I had to use boring plain silver duct tape to border the edges. I don't think it detracts from the design though.
Anyway, she loved it and started using it right away so I'm super happy :)