September 29, 2014
Sweet cinnamon! Where the heck have I been?! A quick stop by my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Integrateful) will show you the gambit of goods that I’ve recently added to this fine world. But you’re not here for that are you, you want to know how to make a great card that doubles as a beautiful package of goods… well, let me show you!
This is a card I’ve made on a number of occasions over the past few years- great bulk Christmas and Halloween gifts, gifts for teachers, gifts for those feeling under the weather… it has not been difficult to find an excuse to build this beauty. Recently my dear friend completed her final round of chemo for her Hodgkin’s lymphoma (hooray!) and then a week later was hit with appendicitis and trucked right back to the hospital… good grief! So I had to make her this card, there was really no option.
Step 1: Gather materials: Paper, ruler, glue, ribbon (or some other closure) and goodies to put inside- these are “the essentials” but you may find that a scorepad, bone folder, circle punch, paper piercer, brads and a paper trimmer are all extremely helpful tools when papercrafting.
(Goodies that work well for the pockets of this card are tea bags and squares of chocolate.)
Step 2: Prepare exterior paper. Using a heavier cardstock, cut piece to 9.5″ long x 4.5″ wide. Score a center “binding” at 4.5″ and 5″. Set aside.
Step 3: Prepare interior paper for pockets. You can use cardstock or patterned paper for the interior, though I feel it is easiest to work with thinner patterned paper. Trim paper to 9″ long x 7.25″ wide. To create a center binding that nests into the exterior paper, align paper so the long side is at the top and score at 4.25″ and 4.75″. To create the pockets, rotate the paper so the shorter side is at the top and score at 0.25″ and 3.75″. These are all valley folds (meaning they all should go down).
Step 5: Glue down the top 0.25″ flap.
Step 6: If you have a circle punch, punch out a half circle from each pocket end to allow for easier access to goodies within. I used a 1″ punch.
Step 7: If you want to cover the inside of the card base, now is the time to do that. I did this out of necessity as I’m reusing the blue cardstock from another project. Using patterned paper trimmed to 9″ long x 4″ wide and scored 4″ and 4.5″, then align and glue ‘er down.
Step 8: Glue pocket paper along binding of card base.
Step 9: Increase strength of binding using brads. At estimated distances from each end, punch a small hole with piercer and insert brad. This is probably not essential, but ensures confidence that the packaging won’t fall apart at the binding and it looks polished.
Step 10: Add a ribbon, decorate the exterior, and fill with goodies. I like to sandwich the ribbon between two of the outer layers, but let your juices flow with how you want to affix a closure. I would not recommend spherical confections as shown here as they’re a bit bulky.
I love making cards for people, what a good feeling to give and receive a handmade package of beauty, and this one in particular is great because you get to stuff it with treats!
When I heard of my friends continued ailment, “WTF?!” was the first thing what went through my mind. SO, hey, why not plaster it in bold letters on the front of a card, right? Thankfully she is on the mend and doing well, presumably off of her all-liquid diet and getting back her strength.
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