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Pocket Greeting Cards
What you will make:
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make greeting cards with pockets
that can be filled with little pieces of your creative art—artist
trading cards (ATCs), bookmarks, little folded cards, tiny books and more. They
are also ideal for presents of money or gift cards. These pocket cards are
very versatile: make several in a variety of colors to have on hand to
decorate for any occasion.
Valentine's Day, fill the card pockets with Valentine messages and
tokens. Do the same for Mother's Day using Aunt Annie's special
Mother's Day project extra. See card ideas in the
This greeting card tutorial builds on the previous tutorials,
#1: Four Patch Cards and
#8: Bookmark Cards.
If you are new to card making, review those tutorials before
starting this one.
Refer to Tutorial #1: Four Patch Cards for how to make
card blanks and envelopes.
Here's what you need:
- Card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
- Coordinated plain and patterned paper
- Coordinated paper scraps and crafting leftovers
- Ruler and pencil
- Optional: Paper punches,
This tutorial is eleventh of twelve
card-making tutorials and is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make Pocket Greeting Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Select Paper
The card front is composed of two pockets cut from coordinating
plain and patterned paper (or cardstock). If you have something in
mind to put in the card pockets, select colored paper that will
combine well with that item's colors. To make the pocket item
the focal point of the card, be sure that the paper colors contrast with
the item in color or value (lightness and darkness). Also, gather
paper scraps and leftovers in the same colors to use in decorating
the card or making items to put in its pockets.
Tip: If you are new to making cards, stick to
two papers that are the same color. For more about color selection,
review tutorials #2: Matted
Clip-Art and Photo Cards and #6: Paper Weaving Cards.
Step 2: Cut Paper
For the card blank, cut a full sheet of letter-size cardstock in half to make two 8½" by 5½" card blanks.
Fold the card blank in half to make a 4¼" by 5½" card.
Cut a 4" by 5¼" rectangle from each of the two card
Step 3: Cut Pockets
One of the papers will be cut for the card background and
smaller pocket, and the other for the primary pocket and an
optional inside pocket. Cut the background paper in two, making a
curved cut around 2½" to 2" from the bottom. Cut the
other paper in two, with a curved cut around 3½" to 3"
from the bottom.
Step 4: Glue
Glue the top part of the background paper to the top of the
card with equal margins on the left, right and top.
Glue the bottom part of the other paper to the bottom of the
card, making a pocket by applying a narrow band of glue to the left,
right and bottom. Be sure to leave the top open, and align the
sides with the background paper.
Glue the bottom part of the background paper on top of the
first pocket to form a second pocket. Apply narrow bands of glue
to the left, right and bottom, and align this pocket with the
sides and bottom of the first pocket. Optionally, add a pocket
inside of the card by gluing the remaining piece of paper to the
bottom left or right of the card's inside.
Step 5: Decorate and Fill Pockets
If you like, decorate the pockets with paper punches,
Make items to fill the pockets, like bookmarks and little folded
cards. The card's greeting can be stamped or written on the bookmark,
or inside the little card. Use your creativity to make the card
Tip: For ideas on making bookmarks, see the
Punched Bookmark project or
#8: Bookmark Cards
Tip: Decorate the backs of the bookmarks and little cards with stamped images.
Color them to match the card front.
That's it! Your card is done!
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