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.
For 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 tips section.
Related craft: See the Kids' Pocket Cards craft project for a kid-friendly version of the Pocket Card.
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.
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 papers.
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.
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 to the inside of the card by gluing the remaining piece of paper to the bottom left or right of the card's inside.
If you like, decorate the pockets with paper punches, rubber stamps or stickers.
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 special.
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!