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Greeting Card Ideas

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Greeting Card Ideas

Tips and techniques for handmade card making!
 
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Greeting Card Ideas

Card with Money Pocket

A place for cash or checks
Example of card with a money pocket
What you will make:

See how to add a pocket for gifts of money to your handmade tall greeting card or a quarter-fold card. With this card, there is no need for a separate money envelope, and the integral pocket is a safe and secure place for cash or checks. The tall card blank in this project fits into a standard business-size envelope (#10 or DL) and quarter-fold cards fit into invitation-size envelopes. See Envelopes to Make for invitation-size envelope templates.

The card front can be decorated as in Card for Him or using any technique featured in the Greeting Card Class tutorials. If you are new to card-making, review these tutorials for greeting card ideas and basic techniques.

Here's what you need:
  • White letter-size (A4) cardstock
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Empty ballpoint pen or bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • Optional: Grid ruler and cutting mat, leftovers from card front to decorate money pocket

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

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Before you start
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.
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Make a Greeting Card with a Money Pocket

Read through the instructions before starting.
Step 1: Score and Fold
Fold card stock on scored lines

Tall card: Score fold lines across the width of the cardstock at 4" (100 mm for A4) and 8" (200 mm) from the left edge. Fold the cardstock over on the fold lines, making sharp creases.

Quarter-fold card: Cut the letter-size (A4) cardstock lengthwise at 5.5" (150 mm  for A4). Using the larger piece, score fold lines across the cardstock width at 4.25" (105 mm  for A4) and 8.5" (210 mm). Fold the cardstock over on the fold lines, making sharp creases.

To score: Lay the ruler across the cardstock where you want to make a fold. Draw the bone folder or empty ballpoint pen along the edge of the ruler to make an indent, not a cut.

Step 2: Glue

Glue the folded right side to the card to form the money pocket. Apply a narrow band of glue to the top and bottom edges. Be sure to leave the side open.

Step 3: Decorate
Decorate pocket

Decorate the money pocket to match your card front. In the sample, a strip of brown paper and a circle medallion define the pocket. Put your verse or greeting on the left side of the card's inside.

That's it! You now have a money pocket!
Card with money pocket

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