Saturday, 20 June 2009

Flowerpot card tutorial

I have a tutorial for you today - this shows you how to make a fab pocket card in the shape of a flowerpot. If you're coming to my Pocket Cards Workshop on Monday, you'll be making something similar to this!

Please note, this was not my original idea and I wouldn’t like anyone to think I was claiming it as my own! I have no idea who came up with the original idea and have seen it so many times that I'm not even going to attempt to list all the creators, or this post will be even longer.

You will find that most - if not all - of the instructions out there in blogland are for US-style cardstock so I thought I’d modify the card for A4 and to fit standard C6 envelopes.

You will need:
  • 1 x 10.5cm x 24cm piece of coloured cardstock (this is a sheet of A4 cut in half lengthways, then trimmed to 24cm)
  • 9.5cm x 9cm piece of Designer Series Paper (optional)
  • 5.5cm x 11cm piece of white cardstock for insert
  • 6cm x 11.5cm piece of coloured cardstock for insert
  • Die-Cut Blooms or similar
  • Stamps and embellishments such as buttons and ribbon
  • Scallop Edge Punch
  • Large Oval punch (optional)
  • Sticky Strip or other strong, narrow adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals


      1. Score your largest piece of cardstock at 10cm. Then turn it over and score again at 20cm. Fold so that the two “squares” (they’re not quite) meet and fold the flap down in the opposite direction, to create a “Z” shape.






      2. Now, with the cardstock folded, measure 2cm from each edge, along the bottom fold, as shown.

















      3. Cut from this mark up to the top edge on both sides – but don’t cut the front flap. You should now have this shape.







      4. Trim the front edge with the Scallop Edge Punch. Now apply Sticky Strip down the side edges on the inside of the card. Get it as close to the edges as you can. There’s no photo of this as I took one and the tape didn’t show up against the red cardstock!

      5. Peel and seal the edges together. Now you have your plant pot ready to decorate. You can stick down the scalloped flap on top if you wish – or tie ribbon around to hold it down. Ribbon is less secure but does give you some dimension as the flap doesn’t lie completely flat.

      6. If you’re using Designer Series Paper on the front, measure 2cm from each edge of one of the long edges (ie the 9.5cm edge) and cut from this point to the top corner, to echo the shape of the plant pot.




      7. Create the insert by layering the white cardstock onto the coloured cardstock and stamping a greeting at the bottom.

      8. To decorate the top, I used Die-Cut Blooms from the Stampin’ Up! UK catalogue. I embellished them with Earth Elements buttons. You could also create the blooms using the 5-Petal Flower punch, or by stamping flowers and cutting them out.








      9. To create the leaves, you can hand-cut them with scissors or do what I did here. I punched with the large oval punch, then stuck the ovals with temporary adhesive on to a sheet of scrap paper, then punched again, as shown.

      10. Finally, arrange the flowers on the top of the insert. It’s a good idea to mark the insert so that you know how much sticks out of the top of the pot. When attaching the flowers, make sure the ones at the bottom (ie touching the top of the flowerpot) are raised up using Stampin’ Dimensionals or foam tape. This will enable the insert to slide in and out easily.

      Stamps: Seasonal Wishes, Wild About You
      Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
      Paper: Ski Slope, Petals & Paisleys
      Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
      Accessories: Die-Cut Blooms, Scallop Edge Punch, Large Oval Punch, Earth Elements Buttons

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8 comments:

  1. Such a cute project! You did a great job on this.

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  2. Very, very cute!! Thanks so much for the Tutorial! I will have to give this a try!!

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  3. Wow thanks for this, just had a go. Yours looks really snazzy x

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  4. love the tutorial, thank you!

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  5. Wonderful project and thanks for the great tutorial! CC

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  6. What a great project and tutorial!

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