- 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 the colors of the item. To make the pocket item
the focal point of the card, be sure the paper colors contrast with
it 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 the 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 with 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 as 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