by Judi Kauffman
I love making pocket cards. They’re easy, but impressive, the kind of card that announces ‘you’re worth the effort’! This time I designed a trio, working in an assembly-line fashion – all die cutting first, then all assembly. Using the same color palette throughout made it easy to coordinate all of the elements: bright yellow cardstock for the lacy portion of the pocket, a mix of red, burgundy, teal, and orange cardstock for the rest of the layers and some of the die cuts, Shimmer Sheetz for everything else.
Each pocket is lined with alcohol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz, hand cut to fit. Each card is backed with contrasting cardstock, visible as a border and extending up an inch at the top for stability. All three cards include inserts that incorporate a die cut sentiment plus die cut flowers or leaves. The horizontal pocket also includes a layered flower with sparkly thread knotted to create the stamens. The leaf pocket has leaves angled atop a rectangle on the front as an extra accent.
- Die cut pockets, sentiments and embellishments. There are many previous tutorials explaining how to die cut Shimmer Sheetz – Els van de Burgt has an excellent one on YouTube, so I won’t go into detail about that technique here. Reminder: A metal adaptor plate is required for cutting Shimmer Sheetz and highly recommended for cutting intricate designs like the pockets.
- To alter Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks, simply dab on the colors with an ink applicator tool in a random manner, air dry for a couple of minutes and you’re ready to roll.
- Using the photos for inspiration and placement of all elements, complete the pockets and insert cards. Let your imagination soar! Switch to whatever color combination you prefer. Tuck photos inside the pockets instead of insert cards as shown. Use the pockets on a scrapbook layout.
- More Options: Line the pocket with patterned paper or fabric if you want less sparkle. Skip the alcohol inks if you want MORE sparkle! Instead of flat and low-relief embellishments, go for more dimension.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Metal adaptor plate, die cutting machine
(or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate)
Cardstock in colors of choice
Alcohol Ink in colors of choice
Metallic Mixatives in Gold
Ink applicator tool