Tutorial Tuesday: Alligator Skin Wallet Gift Card Holder


Last week I showed you how to make the paper handbag seen in this photo. Today I will show you how to make a coordinating wallet.  The wallet on the left uses a specialty paper that looks like alligator skin.  Today I will show you how to create your very own alligator paper as seen on the wallet to the right.  You have the choice of creating a square top wallet, or one with curves as seen on the right.   This wallet is perfect for a gift card, and is sure to delight your recipient.

A template for this wallet will be posted when I am set up in my new studio in the basement, where I will have a new and cooperative scanner/printer.  While I was working on this post, my old and cranky scanner told me “tough luck, you ain’t getting anything today!”


Template will become available soon.  In the meantime, these are the sizes:

Double-Sided paper:  4″ x 7 7/8″

Brown cardstock:  4″ x 1 3/7″

Brown paper: 4″ x 6″

To produce an alligator skin, use this Cuttlebug template as shown in the photo above.  Another view of the template is below.



Additional Supplies:

brad (1), VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, corner rounder, double-sided tape


Cut paper in sizes listed below:

Double-Sided paper:  4″ x 7 7/8″

Brown cardstock:  4″ x 1 3/7″

Brown paper: 4″ x 6″

1.  Fold designer paper at 2 3/8″ from bottom edge

2.  Optional:  Use a corner rounder on the top edge of the designer paper

3.  Optional:  Use a corner rounder on one end of the 4″ x 6″ cardstock


This next step is way cool!!    Press Versamark over the entire top layer of your brown cardstock.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.  Here you will see the before and after of this technique.  Doesn’t the finish product look like real croc’?!


I used a corner rounder on my wallet.


At the top end, add a brad.


Place double-sided tape on the wrong side of the brown cardstock.


Lay your brown cardstock on top of your designer paper.  Please note that this wallet does not appear to scale because it is another wallet I was working on.  I forgot to take a picture of this step with the card I am showing you today.

The smaller piece of cardstock will be placed on the opposite end of the designer paper.  There is now designer paper showing between the two pieces of the wallet.


Fold the wallet so the top aligns with the bottom.


Add double-sided tape to the left and right edge of the opening.  There will now be a pocket to house your gift card.


This wallet is another example of what you can do with faux alligator paper.  The inside of the wallet was done a little different than I showed you.

Hope you liked this tutorial.  For a complete listing of my tutorials, see the Tutorial page

Posted on : Aug 04 2009
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9 People have left comments on this post

Aug 4, 2009 - 06:08:29

You could always go into business as a purse maker!!!! This looks TOO real! LOL! Thanks for your sweet comment this morning over at SCS…I’m up way too early!

Aug 4, 2009 - 08:08:21
Teresa said:

What a great tutorial! Love the wallet too.

Aug 4, 2009 - 08:08:23
Kim H said:

WOW WOW WOW this totally looks like really croc wallet! You are soooooo good, gf!!!! Love this 🙂

Aug 4, 2009 - 09:08:13
Jennifer E. said:

This is totally cool! You can never have too many ways to package up a gift card–thanks for sharing this neat technique!

Aug 4, 2009 - 01:08:19
Seleise said:

amazing!!! love it!!!

Aug 4, 2009 - 09:08:21
Chelsea said:

I love these! so great!

Aug 8, 2009 - 12:08:29

This tutorial really rocks…thanks so much and I love that CB folder…
connie paxman

Aug 19, 2009 - 08:08:08
Sue Gatza said:

Hi Beth
I store my nestabilities in a zipperd CD case, they are stuck on a piece of magnetic stuff that you put your pictures in to hang on the fridge from the dollar store. Hope this is clear as mud!!

Mar 14, 2011 - 01:03:30
Carla said:

Hi!!!! It’s really amazing! Love IT! Would you published the template??? I’ll really need it!!!!

Hope you can publish the template!!!


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