Do you ever have an idea that you think is going to be simple and then it turns out not to be? Well, that is today’s project. I found an idea for a cute little pocket card that looked so easy, but it involved math. Yikes!
This card uses the adorable new Little Elephant stamp set in the Annual Catalog. I was sold on this set when I saw the coordinating elephant punch. O-M-G it is so cute. The set and punch both have a mama elephant and a baby elephant. Check out this sweet plaid elephant. For the elephant, I stamped her first on white card stock, and then I stamped her a second time on Gray Granite card stock. I punched out just the ear in the Gray Granite card stock. For the balloons, I found the best way to do this was to ink the entire stamp using a stamp pad, and then color the strings with my black marker before stamping them. This turned out so much better than trying to color both the balloons and the string with markers.
Here is the inside of the card. It just fits a credit card sized gift card. Or you could tuck in some cash. As my kids tell me… cash is never the wrong size or the wrong color. 🙂
So here’s where we get to the complicated part… the template. This card and folds is not something I would be able to adequately describe to you without a visual. What I have here is both the front side of the template and the back side. This is an 8.5×11″ sheet of card stock. Trim off 1/8th” off the 11″ side. Score at 3 5/8th” from both the left side and the right side. Your middle square should also be 3 5/8th”. Score the center square from one corner to the opposite corner.
First, fold on the center angled score line. One end of the card should be perpendicular to the other end. Apply tape as indicated in the picture on the inside of the card. Then you’ll fold the taped side over to the back inside. This creates your pocket. Then fold the front inside flap in and you have your card. Once your card is closed, you’ll notice that the bottom right corner needs to be glued together. This is where you’ll put the tape in an “L” shape on the center square in the bottom strip shown below. It took me about 6 attempts to get the scoring right. I recommend practicing on a plain sheet of card stock first. Good luck to you all as you try this.
For this card to work, it needs to be square. My squares are 3 5/8th” since I was using an 8.5×11″ piece of card stock. If you want to simplify the math on this project, start with a sheet of card stock that’s 12×12″ and then each of your three squares can be 4″x4″.
So my plan was to use this card as my second Make & Take this past weekend at the Retreat. I was seriously running out of time to come up with something new instead so I took this even though it was complicated. The ladies who made it really loved the pocket card and the Elephant bundle. A few of them even took some notes so they could recreate it at home.
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