June 13, 2008

Pocket Card Inchies

Edited: I had a measurement typo for the size of the cardstock pieces. The main pieces should measure 4.25" x 11". It's corrected now in the verbage below. Sorry about that girls!!

Hi everyone, TGIF! It's been a busy summer here to say the least. With all of the ballgames, weather cancellations and tornado warnings sitting huddled in the basement, it's been a little stressful. I'm hoping this weekend brings a little bit of relaxation! We're off in a bit to paint Josey's room, she selected a fun, fun color!!


Today I have a fun project to share with you. In the days that I posted to Splitcoast a lot, pocket cards were a speciality of mine. So I revisited my pocket card days and created a NEW design. I wanted to use some Inchie Art Squares on my card inserts so I created those first using Karen Lockhart's little Inchworm stamp. I adhered my 1" Copic colored square to an Inchie Art Square(1" piece of artist quality mat board) and then mounted that onto a tiny scallop cut Spellbinder's square. Sentiment from Amuse.

Here's a photo of my finished pocket cards so you can see what they look like. I used K and Company Berry Sweet patterned paper along with Papertrey Ink cardstock and ribbon.
Here's a single shot of the aqua pocket card.
Here's a shot of the orange card with the cute mushroom patterned paper. And here's what the inserts look like. The Inchies rest on a vertical strip of patterned paper that matches the outside of the cards.
And here's the back of the pocket card....almost prettier than the front, don't you think? The aqua paper is SO glittery, I couldn't resist using a big piece of it.



And here's how you make the pocket cards. Now when I measure things, I work a little backwards. I just lop off pieces to make it look how I want and THEN I do the measurements. So to make the pockets, cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of colored cardstock to measure 4-1/4" x 11" and fold in half. For the patterned paper, leave 2" on the left side on the front fold portion. For the solid cardstock, cut off 2" from the right side on the front fold portion. The solid white piece of cardstock, which is the card insert, will measure 3-3/4" x 5-1/4". I then took the solid piece of cardstock and stitched around three sides to create my pocket. Be sure to keep the stitch line about 1/8" from the edge......if you creep in further, you might have to cut the white insert piece smaller. After I'm done stitching around the solid piece of cardstock, I then adhere the patterned piece to the pocket piece. The pocket will be on the right side. You place the 2" portion of the patterned paper on the left side, and the rest of the patterned cardstock will be adhered to the back of the pocket. I cover the back of the pocket so that all of the stitching is hidden. I like a clean look on the back side of projects when I use my sewing machine. To finish the card, I tie a ribbon around the entire card, covering the seam where the patterned paper meets the solid cardstock. Then I assemble my card insert and it tucks right in. I wish you could see the glittery card, it's SO gorgeous. I think if you scroll back up and zoom in on the finished cards, you can get a better look.

Well, I hope you enjoy my pocket card. I usually never have a problem sending out my cards, but THESE are ALMOST too cute to send out. I think I'll just look at them for a while before I mail them. :) Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!

Oh, I almost forgot.......today is Ellen's Friday the 13th sale. Be sure to visit the store to get 13% off everything in stock!!

26 comments:

Mimi Hornberger said...

WOW! Those ROCK! I have to make one, right now! XO, Mimi

2stampis2b said...

These are so cool! Thanks for the tutorial! I love everything you create!

Mimi Hornberger said...

Oops, did you mean 4 1/4 x 11 where you typed this, "cut a piece of patterned paper and a piece of colored cardstock to measure 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and fold in half."? Because mine is not turning out right with those measurements.

Susan G said...

I like this version of the pocket card--without the flap. Thanks for the tutorial. I've noticed that you use PTI Simple Alphabet for some of your sentiments. I'm considering it, but what are your thoughts about it's size. The description of 1/8 inch per letter sort of scares me. Is it too small to handle easily and show up. I would welcome anyone else's advice or thoughts, too, on a good alphabet set. I would love to have some KF snap stamps but missed out on those.

Tracy said...

Oh these are so cute! They definitely scream summer to me. Love that dp.

DeeDee said...

Awwww, these are adorable Mish...so summery looking... and I love all the directions you always give us....TFS!!!!

chelle said...

I LOVE THESE!!!! i have to make some right now!!! won't be nearly as adorable (don't have all that glittery gorgeousness!!!) though!! thank you for the tutorial!! i wouldn't mind receiving one of these beauties...follow your rule...no hoarding!!! :)
chelle

Sherrie said...

Oh my goodness, these are absolutely adorable!! Thanks for the great tutorial! I love everything you make!!

Lauraline said...

So cute! I have to make one! Thanks for sharing!

Julia Aston said...

Gosh these are just pretty as a picture Mish! love the bright fun colors, the stitching and the pocket!!

Bellawhoop said...

These are just so CUTE! Love your pocket cards and those fun, bright colors.

Alicia said...

Your cards are just adorable. Today I've been planning for my stamp camp in July and I've referenced your blog several times for ideas. I just love your work and you have gotten me to use more of my patterned paper! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Alicia Weiman
www.happystamp.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

these cards are so cute! I love that little worm! You're tutorial looks great! I've gotta give it a try

Karen said...

Cute Cute Cute. I took one look at these and fell in love. I dropped everything and sat down and made a couple. Since you did all the hard work of creating the pattern, these came together very quickly. I so appreciate your wonderful tutorials.

LeAnne said...

Very nice, that paper IS gorgeous, I saw some at Mike's and had to resist getting it all! I great tutorial also.
LeAnne

Viv (VivLyn) said...

These are so cute! I love your little inch worm colored like you did...it looks like those candy circle thingies on elastic for kids. Love the bright colors! Great job!!!

Sue said...

I just want to say thank-you for all the great ideas that you post! I do not get a lot of time to look at blogs or leave comments but yours is one that I check at least weekly and I almost always find something that I want to try.

Thanks!
Sue

cruzinkellster said...

Those are so bright and cheery Love them...

Kerry Davis said...

That paper is phenomenal - as always you find the best paper!

Hey - I've been meaning to ask if you get your envelopes anyplace special? I imagine you go through quite a few of them, and I'm looking to buy some in bulk and thought I'd ask the pro. ;-)

Shelly said...

Wow, these are really eyecatching! I love the way you've done the pocket; thanks so much for sharing you idea x

Otter said...

I'll make it easy on you!!! Send it to me!!!

Denise Bryant (imchatty) said...

Michelle, these are awesome. Thanks for sharing the sewing tips too.

Fiona Whitehead said...

Great cards - and I love the use of the inchies - I can't sew though - may have to experiment with some glue.

Kristy said...

Love the way you tied the orange ribbon! Could you provide instructions?

Scrappin Cheryl said...

Wow! I just love these! Can't wait to try them.

www.scrapbook-oasis.com

ivyPINK said...

OMgoodness this little wormie is adorable :) cute card michelle :)

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