Pocket Card

by Beate Johns

Try this favorite fold for an extra-special card.

Supplies

  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Regular tape
  • Corner rounder
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Patterned paper (optional)
  • One piece of 4 1/4" x 11" cardstock for the pocket
  • One piece of 3 1/4" x 5" cardstock for the message insert

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Score the 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock at 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Score again at the 1 1/4" mark.

  3. Step 3

    Corner round all four corners of the cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp or decorate the 1 1/4" fold over flap.

  5. Step 5

    Place Sticky Strip™ inside the pocket's outer edge from the score under the flap to the bottom of the pocket.

  6. Step 6

    Remove red liner and adhere the front of the pocket card to the back. The flap will be face out.

  7. Step 7

    Decorate the front of the pocket card.

  8. Step 8 (Optional)

    Run ribbon around the flap and tie at the front.

  9. Step 9

    Adhere flap to card with Sticky Strip™.

  10. Set pocket aside.

  11. Step 10

    Decorate the 3 1/4" x 5" message piece. I used a one inch strip of patterened paper.

  12. Step 11

    Round the top two corners.

  13. Step 12

    Add accents to the pocket and card if desired. That's all!

Video!

Variations

    Horizontal pocket
    You will need a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4" like a regular card. Cut about 1 1/4" off the long way on one side. Your message piece should be 3 3/4" x 5".

    Omit the flap
    Instead of scoring 1 1/4" and folding over to make the flap, try cutting off the 1 1/4" piece.

    Try an asymmetrical flap
    Score on a diagonal instead to create a funky flap.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pocket Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Could you help me make the measurement adjustment for a pocket card to fit the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 medium square envelope?
Maxine Naumann  |  Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 10:57 AM
I used this idea and made stationary! Cute little cards that are blank inside for thank you notes! Awesome idea!
Mommyrox  |  Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 9:32 AM
I was wondering the same thing about the measurements for a pocket card to fit the envelope size 6 x 5 1/2. Thanks
georgi  |  Sun Aug 10, 2008 at 3:06 PM
Love it Beate.
To embellish, you can also use SU tag sets with different greetings on them.
You could also reduce the proportions of this card and slide a gift card in the pocket!
Keep creating!
Stampamajig  |  Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 5:23 PM
I can't wait to make these. They are so cute! What a great way to send Grandma a new pictue of the kids. Thanks for the ideas.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 4:10 AM
Does anyone have the measurements for a 5 /12' square pocket card?

Thank You
sierra  |  Sun Sep 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM
this is an old post. but, did anyone get the measurements for the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 medium square envelope? Am looking at the "From The Archives, Tutorials You May Have Missed" and the author was Beate Johns
cassy hedges  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 4:22 AM
Are you talking about the comment before yours? She wanted to know the measurements for a 5 1/2" square pocket card, not envelope. I saw that comment only yesterday when I added the video to it. That would be easy. Start with a 5 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock and score at 5 1/2" and 1 1/4".
Beate  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 6:22 AM
Hi! Revisiting older tutorials and saw this video today. What is the name of the skinny sticky strip you used in the video? Where can I get it? Thanks for all your beautiful videos...you explain so well:)
momil5000  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Super tutorial .. Beate, your cards are awesome beautiful ..the best ....How lucky are your family and friends to receive your work .. GENIUS ... you do have my address right ? ..lol : )
anne marie  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:11 AM
really nice pocket card. great for gift card
marlene
marlene geiger  |  Sun Dec 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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