Pocket Front Card

by Dina Kowal

Fold up the corners of your card front to create a pocket.


  • Cardstock
  • Scoring tool
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Scissors or trimmer
  • Washi tape
  • Patterned paper
  • Acetate strips (optional)
  • Adhesive (Bearly Art Glue and Loctite Super Glue Gel used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Impression Obsession dies (DIE1055-Y Sitting Gnome, DIE038-J Grass, DIE1049-X Flowers and Leaves, DIE1058-ZZ Stitched Tag #5, DIE135-F Heart Set), B12339 Little Things)


  1. Step 1

    Score a half sheet of cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") at 4 1/4” on the long side.

  2. Step 2

    Turn the panel over. Mark with a pencil at 2 3/4" on both long sides.

  3. Rotate the panel a quarter turn to the right. Mark the center of this short side at 2 3/4".

  4. Step 3

    Align the center mark with one of the side marks. Score.

  5. Rotate the panel to align the center mark with the other side mark. Score.

  6. Step 4

    Turn the panel back over. Fold on the two diagonal score lines so that the edges meet at the center of the card. Burnish the folds.

  7. Fold the card in half.

  8. Step 5

    Use a small piece of washi tape to hold the pocket together.

  9. Step 6

    Cut a 3 1/2" square of patterned paper, then cut across from corner to corner to create 2 triangles.

  10. Adhere one triangle to the front of the pocket to hide the seam. It can be centered or aligned with the top. Save the other half!

  11. Step 7

    Fill the pocket with embellishments however you like! Be careful not to glue the pocket shut before you’re done adding all your elements.

  12. Step 8

    You can add some floating elements to the pocket – glue them to narrow strips of acetate. Super glue works best for this.

  13. Step 9

    Cut the remaining paper triangle in half.

  14. The pieces fit perfectly in the corners!

  15. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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I was glad to find this early. I have a colonoscopy Wednesday and Tuesday is prep day!
muscrat  |  Mon May 3, 2021 at 6:53 PM
This is sooo cute and looks so easy to make! I Will add it to my never ending list of things to do!
Spyderscorner  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 2:44 AM
That looks like such fun. Earmarked to try tomorrow.
Cook22  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 3:02 AM
Great card and great instructions! Thanks!
jmazur  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 4:19 AM
Thanks, love this card.
dsmith1036  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 4:38 AM
SOOO cute and such a fun fold...very versatile!! LOVE your card!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 5:06 AM
This is the first I've see this card design. I've got to try it! Thank you!
RetiredPJ  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 5:33 AM
This is adorable!! Definitely my next card!
Pampam  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 5:40 AM
So cute! The first thing I thought of was Santa climbing into a chimney so I know this will make some Christmas cards for me this year! Thanks for sharing.
klb1082  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 6:54 AM
Your instructions are always so easy to understand. Thank you for sharing so much with everyone.
StephanieJager  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 7:28 AM
I love this card Dina. The pocket idea for the front is unexpected. Will be trying one in a 5X7 size. Be safe & TYFS
tiffanyrose  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 8:21 AM
Dina this is so adorable...absolutely love it...can't wait to make it...tfs
GWest0109  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 10:19 AM
Absolutely love it!
Dee S.  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 2:41 PM
Cute and easy. Right up my alley. Thank you.
ptl1957  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 6:16 PM
cute card!
Susanne527  |  Wed May 5, 2021 at 9:05 PM
Thanks, Dina! This is such a great idea, and your card is darling! Can't wait to give it a try!
bejoyce  |  Thu May 6, 2021 at 10:02 AM
Thank you for this cute card. I love different folding cards.
KiwiGirl53  |  Fri May 7, 2021 at 8:52 AM
Love it thanks Dina. Just what I need for a friend's birthday this week.
fauxme  |  Thu May 13, 2021 at 7:32 AM
Love it! I'm always looking for new fun fold cards. I mail a patriotic card to family and friends almost every month so I'm always searching for new ideas. This month is Coast Guard Day, August 4th.
Bev Ann  |  Wed Jul 28, 2021 at 7:51 PM
I'm just now seeing this super cute card! I love how the pocket is made and that little Gnome is sdorable popping out o f the pocket!
pvilbaum  |  Sat Nov 6, 2021 at 7:52 PM

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