Friday, November 6, 2009

Pocket Card Tutorial

Today's Bloggers challenge is to share a technique with directions if possible.

My friend Jody asked me how to make a card that she could use to put her family Christmas picture on. Instantly I thought a pocket card would do the trick and would be good for my bloggers challenge at the same time!

Although you could probably use what you have on hand to make this cool project, here is a list of the exact supplies I used before we start the tutorial.

116517 Delightful Decorations $21.95

103133 Real Red Ink Pad $5.95
100052 Real Red Marker $3.25

102482 Real Red 8 ½ x 11 $5.50
100730 Whisper White 8 ½ x 11 $7.50

116794 Ornament punch $15.95
116770 Christmas Cocoa Paper $11.95
109052 Real Red Ribbon $ $7.95
105089 Horizontal Slot Punch $5.95
109867 Gold Elastic Cord $4.95 (optional)

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
110755 Tombo multipurpose adhesive $3.95

Pocket cards are quite simple once you know how to measure them.

  1. I took a piece of 8 ½ x 11” cardstock and scored it in half at 5 ½” and then at 2”
  2. Fold the cardstock in half, like a regular card, then fold the 2” lip down.
  3. Staple the two sides, under the flap (where the staples will be hidden. Or use your cropadile to punch a hole through all 3 layers and tie the sides with a ribbon.
  4. On this card after the staples, I used some tombo multipurpose adhesive to glue the flap down. Then tied a ribbon on. This covers the staples on both sides of the card. The trick to using this adhesive is to remember…. Less is more! If you use to much, you will buckle your paper. It is wonderful adhesive and I use it on all my cards now, except when I’m attaching ribbon.
  5. Both of the decorative Designer papers were cut to 4 x 1 ¾”
  6. Next, I made the insert or large tag. I cut the red layer 5 x 3 ¾” and the white layer 4 ¾” x 3 ½”
  7. I cut a ¾” x 3 ½” piece of leftover DSP to make the strip going across the bottom of my tag to finish it off.
  8. I used the horizontal punch to punch a hole for my ribbon.
  9. I had some magnet strips, so I put that on the back of my “tag” so that someone who receives it might be able to add it to the fridge.
  10. For the front of the pocket, I stamped the joy ornament on whisper white card stock, then tied some gold cording on. I attached the ornament with stampin Dimensionals. I attached my photograph and my card is ready to mail!
Finally, here is another idea for a pocket card. I used the top note die to make sleeping bags for my build a bear invitations. I used up some retired paper, and plan to make personalized party favors for the guests. We need to be a bit frugal this year, so we were only able to invite 7 children. If it were up to Alexis, we would invite 25+ children. Can you tell she's a social butterfly? While I'm not one to leave anyone out, the smaller amount of children will make it easier for me to do favors that are more personal. I'm excited about that.

Each child who is invited to the party got a different invite that was made for them based on age and what they are in to.I cut two top note dies, and folded one back at the top. then just used tombo glue to glue around the edges. On the back of the sleeping bag, there are magnets so that they may be removed and played with or added to the fridge. Functional AND fun! Doesn't get any better than that!I'm really excited about what my friends are up to this week on blogger's challenge! they never disappoint and I'm sure that I'll learn a technique or two that I've never seen. Please check them out by clicking here.


Nikki Bond said...

These are fantastic! I'm sure she'll love what you came up with...thanks for the tutorial too! {SMILES}

Pat Huntoon said...

Your bear is ever so cute!

Patti Chesky said...

Love them both......but that sleeping bag idea is FABULOUS!!! I am SO CASEing that idea!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful pocket cards - love the BAB in the sleeping bags, too cute!

Ida P. Krause said...

Great Pocket card but I'm with everyone on that BAB in the sleeping bag, so CUTE!

Robin Merriman said...

All of your cards today are fabulous! Love the Cmas card best, but those BAB cards are too cute! Can't let Emma see those.......!

Tiffany Bauer said...

What a great idea for a photo Christmas card and those bear invites are stinkin' cute!!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea and love the magnet idea too!!

Rachel Hope said...

OOOH, i Lo

Lori said...

Fantastic! Love the Top Note die as a sleeping bag for those cute bears.

Lisa Bohler said...

What fantastic pocket cards you have! I love the picture idea and the slumber party idea! Darling!!!!

Anonymous said...

Selene--what a great set of cards! I LOVE the ones with the bears----soooo cute! Nola

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Wow Selene! Your pocket cards are terrific! Love the idea of sleeping bags too! How cute! :D

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Wow Selene! Your pocket cards are terrific! Love the idea of sleeping bags too! How cute! :D

Connie said...

Very cute, the sleeping bag idea!

Chrissy D said...

Lovely - and I love the sleeping bag idea too - ADORABLE!