Thursday, 25 June 2009

The criss-cross pocket

We made this card at my pocket cards workshop on Monday. It was a craft-packed event as we squeezed three very complicated cards into the evening.

During the evening there was horror when I felt the need to take off my shoes due to the heat... shock when one crafter admitted that she doesn’t like Felt Flowers (we’re getting her some medical help, don’t worry)... and surprise when most of us realised we have no idea how many stamp sets we own.

We started with the slightly daunting double pocket card (it isn’t too hard really, just needs a bit of concentration), then the flower pot pocket card and, finally, this one; the criss-cross card.

These are fun cards to make and very useful for invitations, vouchers etc. Fulfilling the pocket card requirement, the inner card pulls out. You’ll probably notice that there are two different inner cards on the two photos here – every time I make a card, I end up changing my mind about it and do it slightly differently.

To make this card, you will need a whole sheet of A4, so it’s not one for your bulk Christmas cards... unless you really, really like your friends!

Start by scoring the A4 sheet in half, along the width – ie at 14.8cm. Then cut the sheet in half along the length to create two pieces measuring 10.5cm wide.

On each piece of card, cut one flap along the diagonal. Put the triangular pieces in your scraps box – I’m hoping I’ll think of something to do with them later... especially as I have 28 of them!

Now stick the two pieces together to create this shape. The glue/tape will eventually go along the dotted lines – as close to the edge as possible – but not yet!

Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 9.5cm x 13.8cm – then cut this piece in half along the diagonal. You may be able to use both pieces by turning one over to reveal the pattern on the other side. If not, cut another piece the same size and cut along the diagonal – I’m sure you’ll think of something to do with the leftovers.

Now fold the two triangles of cardstock towards you to create the criss-cross shape. Still don’t stick them down! First, stick the two patterned paper pieces onto the flaps. NOW you can apply the adhesive – sticky strip is the best for this sort of thing – and stick it down.

The band is ideally cut from a sheet of 12x12 cardstock – I used textured on this card – and measures about 3cm wide but just cut yours as wide as you like. It only just reaches around the card and you’ll want your join to be behind the front accent, so start by deciding where that is going to go and work from there, gently folding the band around the card and only creasing when you’re sure it’s right. You can stick the band together with a small piece of tape as this will be covered. Now add the ribbon if you’re using it and stick your accent on top, if using.

The inner piece measures 9.5cm x 13cm, with a Very Vanilla piece on top measuring 9cm x 12.5cm.

Stamps: True Friend, Wonderful Words
Cardstock: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, textured Chocolate Chip
Paper: Spiced Cider
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, Flower Fusion Felt Flowers (or Boho Blossoms punch and cardstock scraps), Silver Brads, Round Tab Punch

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  1. Beautiful! I have received some of these in swaps and they are so neat! Great colors!

  2. oh i'm gonna try this card ;)

  3. I love this! So cute! Nice colors too!

  4. Cool folding technique! I don't try these different folds often enough...


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