Date Night Kit

by Janelle Stollfus

Create a darling date night kit.


  • 5 7/8" x 10" piece of cardstock for CD sleeve
  • 5" x 12" piece of cardstock for kit cover
  • Two pieces of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" cardstock or patterned paper
  • A 4 3/4" square piece of cardstock or patterned paper
  • One yard of Wide ribbon
  • Scoring tool, (Martha Stewart Score Board used here)
  • Ruler and grid ruler (not shown)
  • Tacky Tape, or other strong adhesive
  • Eyelet hole punch with smallest punch
  • 1/4 “ hole punch (not shown)
  • Hobby knife
  • Circle punch


  1. Step 1

    Score the 5 7/8" x 10" piece of cardstock across the short side at 4 7/8" and 9 3/4". There will be a 1/4" tab at the end.
    Rotate 90 degrees to the left and score at 1" on the left side.

  2. Step 2

    Add adhesive to the tab and fold to adhere to the other end.

  3. Use a circle punch in the center of the open end to make a notch (about a 1/3 of the punch should be used.)

    This will be your CD sleeve.

  4. Step 3

    Score the 5 x 12" piece of cardstock along the short side at 5 ", 6" and 7".

  5. Fold score lines so the center score is a valley and lay flat again. Add adhesive tape along the inside of the 5" and 7" score lines.

  6. Step 4

    Place the 1"scored edge of the CD sleeve in the valley fold of the cover. Adhere together and set aside.

  7. Step 5

    On the first 4 1/2" square piece of patterned paper, mark in pencil on the front where you want to cut slits to hold the tickets.

  8. Or use these coordinates.

    For a 2" x 3 1/4" movie ticket, you can use these measurements. Measuring from the left (L) then up from the bottom (B) mark dots for;

    Left ticket slit
    (L) 1/2" (B) 2 1/4” and
    (L) 2 1/2", (B) 2 3/4"

    Right Ticket slit
    (L) 2" (B) 2 1/4" and
    (L) 4" (B) 1 3/4"

  9. Step 6

    Cut between your marked dots with a hobby knife.

  10. Step 7

    On the other 4 1/2" square piece of patterned paper, measure a 3 1/2" slit about 2" from the bottom starting at 1/2" from the left side and ending 1/2" from the right side of the paper.

  11. Cut with a hobby knife.

  12. Step 8 (Optional)

    Add stress relief points at each end of the slits with a small eyelet punch for the ticket pockets (shown) and the gift card pocket.

  13. For easy access into the pockets, create a half circle dip on the paper below the slit for the ticket pockets and the gift card pocket (shown).

  14. Step 9

    Adhere ticket and gift card papers to the inside front and back cover.

  15. Step 10

    Insert a special music CD or DVD into the CD sleeve.

  16. Step 11

    Wrap ribbon around the spine of the cover and tie a bow at the opening of the kit.

  17. Step 12

    Create a kit front with the 4 3/4"square of patterned paper and adhere to the front of the cover over the ribbon.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Adorable! I've been thinking about giving my niece a night out with her husband. This is the perfect way to wrap it all up.
Lisa  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 5:11 AM
How cute is this!
Shari Lynn Dancer  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 5:26 AM
Super cute idea!
Paula  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 5:31 AM
This is soo cute. Can you tell me where you got the stamp? It really makes this also!
Michelle  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 7:20 AM
may I ask where did you get teh stamp for this Date night project I love it
carol  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 7:23 AM
This is so creative Janelle! Way to go! Great tutorial! smile
BevMom/Bev Rousch  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 8:24 AM
Wonderful idea , thank you
Cecile  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 8:51 AM
This is fabulous!!! Can you tell me where you got the stamp???
Deb  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM
This is right on time. I have been looking for a creative way to invite a special someone over for a movie!
Veronica  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM
You can find the stamp at InStyle. It is listed under her picture of this card in the gallery.

Love this tutorial and this idea. Wonderful idea for a bridal shower too. Beautiful too.
Bound4London  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM
Fun---just found one on that site that has an image of couple in car laughing called Date Night. It is under Digital

And I think the other image is digital too. There is a rubber stamp of it too but I have a feeling it will sell out quickly wink
Bound4London  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM
Absolutely GREAT idea!
Bernadet Rodakowski  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM
The stamp is from InStyle Stamps it comes in cling mount red rubber and digital stamp.
Janelle S  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM
I loved the video and the idea. Great job.
cj  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 12:13 PM
This is so cute! I've been trying to think of a way to do something like this for my parent's 52nd anniversary!
Cindy D.  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:19 PM
I love this project idea and can't wait to try it out. Could you please tell me how you put the saying "It's date night time" on the front of the card? Is it a stamp and if so, where can I get it. Thanks so much. Kay
Kay  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM
Hi Kay!

I used a font called Fabulous 50's at 44pt size, then penciled a rectangle about 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Cut it out and around the text and your done.

Hope this helps.
Janelle  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM
What a great gift idea! Love how you've added your sentiment too! Have to try this one. TFS.
Sue W  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM
What a great idea for a "New Parents" first night out after the baby. Thats for the great tutorial!
m. elizondo  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM
Oh snap! I wish I had seen this earlier. My DH and I are celebrating our 28th anniversary this weekend and this would have been PERFECT! I'll have to save this one for future use!! Well done!
Holly aka Toy  |  Wed May 26, 2010 at 7:27 PM

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