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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Pocket Card

Here's a great card for this time of year. It has a handy pocket inside that can hold a giftcard, a matching note, a newsletter (a page or under, please! LOL), a plane ticket to bring a loved one home. You can vary the size and it uses just one sheet of standard cs. (You could use a sheet of 12" x 12" cs for a larger card, but I didn't figure out any measurements for that.) And it can be decorated any way you want, even using patterned paper for a quick and easy card.

I made mine 3 3/4" x 6 when closed, but you can adjust the width shorter, or up to 8 1/2" which is the width of the cs. A business size envelope will hold a card up to 4" x 9" for standard mailing rates, but keep in mind how many thicknesses of cs this is folded, and that if you add things it might get to over an once and you will have to add more postage. I weighed this card with a gift card and envelope and it comes to 0.8 ounces.

Front view with flap that opens up

Front flap lifted up

Inside of card with pocket at the bottom (click for a larger picture with more detail).

To show size of pocket space this is a standard-size plastic gift card. Just keep in mind that your double-stick tape on the edges will eat into your room for tucking a bit. Plenty of room left on the actual card to jot a quick note above the card when it's straight and tucked in. If you don't want to risk it falling out or shifting, just apply a spot of double-stick tape to the back of it (not over any barcodes, etc. though).

View of reverse when open

This is the back of the panel where the girls are adhered on the inside

I started with a heavy-weight sheet of white cs, and stained it with brewed coffee, throwing some coffee crystals on too till it was dry, then brushing the crystals off. You might have to iron your paper a bit if it warps.

Next I measured the long sides of the cs at 1 3/4", 5 1/2" and 9 1/8" and scored the lines. So you have four panels - the first is 1 3/4", the second is 3 3/4", the third is just a hair smaller at 3 5/8" then the previous to make sure it folds up with a bit of leeway and the last panel is whatever is left LOL about 1 5/8". This is the panel you want to cut into a v as shown, and to do that I made a mark at center and 1/2" in from the edge. Then I drew pencil lines from the corners to the center dot, and cut them with a scissor.

Get a nice sharp long-blade scissor and you can cut alot of lines without ever having to reposition the blade, getting a crisp straight line.

Let's see...before folding this panel up and taping it along the sides, I stamped a partial flower (Penny Black - Winter Glow) using Distress Vintage Photo and some Rubber Stampede holiday text in Encore Galaxy Gold on it. I also used a sponge to brush some Vintage Photo on all the edges.

I stamped more of the flower on the card as shown, and more of the text on the top panel.

For the inside panel I used a 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cs and stamped the girls (Paper Inspirations - Snow Children) in black Staz-On and the sentiment (Northwoods Rubber Stamps) in Stampin' Up!'s Cranberry Crisp. I inked the children in using a blender pen and Stampin' Up!'s In-Colors from last year, and stamped parts of the flower as shown on the edge. I used a sponge to add Distress Vintage Photo to the edges, and then came further in using Antique Linen. I layered this panel to a Cranberry Crisp one and then to the card base.

For the outside, I stamped the sentiment (Paper Inspirations) and colored the edges the same as the inside panel. I layered it to a cranberry panel and then adhered just the top half as shown.

I stamped the To, From (Art Impressions) on the back as shown in cranberry ink.

Thanks for looking!


NancyY said...

very clever - and I will probably have to use it :-)

Each year my nieces and nephews get gift cards - once they hit the teen years it was just easier! So I'm always looking for new and improved ways to present the gift!
Ofcourse Mike always knows he's getting the Rasputan Music Store card... no surprise there LOL

thanks so much Nancy!

Anonymous said...

Your pocket card is gorgeous! Such a warm old-fashion feel to it!

leenda said...

Very creative & such a great look! If I win the card giveaway this week can I have this one w/the gift card??? LOL

Anonymous said...

really nice Nancy! love it!