Create vintage suitcase cards with this fun tutorial. They make perfect cards for travel-loving friends and also unique invitations for a travel-themed party! Free PDF pattern and SVG cut file.
Earlier this summer a dear friend of mine went on a bit of a whirlwind trip to about a dozen different countries in a short amount of time. While it was for work, she was still able to do a little sightseeing and experience the different places she visited. Before she left I sent her this Bon Voyage card to wish her safe travels and a happy trip. Today I have the free SVG cut file and tutorial for these fun suitcase cards!
You may recognize these cards as they are a spin on my paper purse card. These cards are easy to make and extremely customizable – you can switch up the colors of the papers and decorate them with travel stamps from any location! While this made such a neat card, I think it would also make a great invitation for any travel-themed party, shower or good-bye party. Read on to see how I created this card and grab the free pattern and cut file :)
Supplies Needed for Bon Voyage Suitcase Card
- Free printable pattern and SVG cut file – located at the end of this post
- Paper for suitcase – 12″ x 12″. Double-sided is nice! (green pattern on my card)
- Paper for suitcase handle and latch (brown on my card)
- Paper for suitcase straps (tan on my card)
- Velcro Dots – 3/8″
- Scor – Tape – (link: Scor-Pal, 0.25″ tape )
- Glue stick
- Cutting machine OR paper cutter and/or scissors
- Scoring board and stylus (optional)
- Travel stamps – you can purchase stickers find graphics for these online that you can print on your home computer. I have linked to the graphics I used under Step 8.
Step One: Cut out all of the pieces using the free printable pattern or use a cutting machine and the SVG cut file. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out all of the card pieces and a scissors to cut out my travel stamps.
** Watch the video: Preparing BugabooCity SVG Cut Files in Cricut Design Space to see how to do this.**
I printed the travel stamps at about 30% so they would be less than an inch tall.
Step Two: Score the large suitcase piece at 4.5″ from the handle edge (or 2.75″ from the bottom edge). I used a scoring board and stylus, but you can also fold along this line.
Step Three: Attach the suitcase straps to the sides of both suitcase pieces. I used my Scor-Tape, which I love using for paper projects. It is less expensive than a tape runner and it seems to have a stronger hold as well.
Step Four: Attach the luggage handle and latch.
Step Five: Connect the two suitcase pieces along the handle. After the top of the suitcase is attached, fold it along the top line so it opens. Now you’ll have a card that opens up!
Step Six: Attach the corner pieces to the suitcase. First fold them each in half and then adhere them using a glue stick.
Step Seven: Add a closure to the card. Place the soft side of a Velcro dot to the backside of the small suitcase piece where the latch juts out. Stick the rough side of the Velcro dot to the soft side and then close the card. This will attach the rough side in the perfect spot. (*Update* – I have started using smaller Velcro Dots, 3/8″ instead of the 5/8″ pictured below)
Step Eight: Now for the fun part! Decorate the front of the suitcase with words, travel stamps and anything else you want! I used a glue stick for this step.
You can find travel stamp stickers or you can print your own. Below are the links to the travel stamps I used. I printed them small, cut them out and used a glue stick to adhere them to my cards.
- Monument Stamps by Freepik
- International Business Stamps by Freepik
- Monuments Stamp Set by Freepik
- Landmarks Stamp Collection Vintage by Freepik
- Round Retro Stamps with Landmarks by Freepik
I love the vintage look of these suitcase cards. My favorite part of this project was finally using this piece of green-studded scrapbook paper that I have actually had since high school! Crazy, I know, but I bought it and never had a good use for it until now. After crafting these up, I really wish I was going on vacation!!
Check out these other fun cards I made using the same basic pattern as these vintage suitcase cards!
Download Bon Voyage Suitcase Card Cut File BugabooCity.svg
Bon-Voyage-Suitcase-Card-Cut-File-BugabooCity.svg - 16 KB Download Bon Voyage Suitcase Card PDF Pattern-.pdf
Bon-Voyage-Suitcase-Card-PDF-Pattern-.pdf - 1 MB
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