Pocket Card …. a challenge & a tutorial

Pockets…we all have them and they are pretty useful things to have. It is amazing what you can put in a pocket. LOL You should see what comes out of my middle child’s pockets! I have to be careful every time I do the laundry. This week the Ways to Use it Challenge is to find ways to make POCKETS on or part of your designs. Create a little pocket on the front to tuck in a note or tag, incorporate a fabric pocket or make a pocket card. Use your creativity and have some fun! Feel free to join us at WT130!

Coffee Friend Gift Card Pocket


I had so much fun designing this card a few months ago, I just had to try it again. My original card design HERE. I thought a Starbucks gift card would be perfect in one of these designs as a gift and so I pulled out my Lizzie Anne Designs simply singles image and had some fun with it. Simply Singles can all be purchased separately and are a great way to add to your collection. Lizzie Anne Designs stamps can be purchased at Lizzie Anne Designs or Jacksonbelle Embellishments. Supply List for this design below…tutorial to follow that…

Open Design


Supply List:

Cardstock: Watercolor paper, soft sky, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla – Stampin Up

Patterned paper: Tres Jolie line – My Mind’s Eye

Stamps: Latte Cup, Latte saying, Big Paisley, Shapers and Stitches – Lizzie Anne Designs

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Black – Stampin Up

Other: brads – Heidi Swapp, sewing machine, ribbon – May Arts, Slit Punch –
Stampin Up

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Julia’s Gift Card Pocket Design Tutorial


1. Cut your cardstock or patterned paper to size… 4.25 x 11″ long. If you are using 12×12 paper, feel free to make the length 12″ for a little extra overhang.


2. Score card at 2 1/2″ from the bottom and 3 ” from the top to create your flaps. Stamp your design if desired.


3. Fold flaps towards center. Stitch or adhere side edges of bottom panel. Terrifically Tacky Tape works well for this. This creates a little pocket to enclose your gift card into.

4. Use slit punch to make scalloped edge. For slit punch scallops tutorial see this post. You may also use a small 4.25 x 1″ strip of coordinating paper to create this overlapping flap if you desire.


5. Overlap layers slightly and adhere together. Stitch if desired. Embellish with stamped strip if desired.


6. Create image layer. I used a matted stamped panel. Embellish as desired.


7. Create inside sentiment panel. Adhere to inside of card.

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Variations: Create an card insert with sentiment or invitation on it.

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Please feel free to use this tutorial for your own personal use. You may use this tutorial for workshops with permission but please link my blog if you print it out. My e-mail is at the top of the sidebar if you have any questions. Thanks!

35 responses to “Pocket Card …. a challenge & a tutorial

  1. This is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! Have to make one!

  2. Ooooooh! I was wondering where the pocket came into play on this card. That is clever. I really like it. The layout and the colors you chose are amazing as well. Thank you!

  3. Awesome Awesome, thank you for this tutorial I am making one as I read…..Its very nice.

  4. Hello Julia!
    What a wonderful design! I really like your Pocket Card and the color combo. Thank you for the great tutorial!!
    I also wanted to say thank you so much for checking out my blog and your wonderful comments!!

  5. Just darling Julia!! love the pocket and the combo of papers!

  6. Oooooh, this is so cute! I love the idea. I have so many birthdays to celebrate in September so this design comes in real handy to give gift cards. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. Absolutely fantastic!!!! LOVE this card.

  8. That is wonderful! Love this idea! It is especially pretty with your stamping and PP choices! TFS

  9. Julia, I always love your work! I just added a pocket card to SCS, so I have officially uploaded my first challenge card! πŸ™‚

  10. This is so cute!! Love the colors, paper, scallops, I love it all! Great job! πŸ™‚

  11. These are wonderful!!! TFS!

  12. Very cute card and very easy to follow directions!

  13. What an adorable design! Thanks for the tutorial – I can’t wait to try one.

  14. Thanks for the pocket challenge fun Julia, Love your card! Fun choice in color to go with your coffee theme! Stitching is perfect…..once again!

  15. Awesome Tute, Julia…THANKS SO MUCH!! πŸ™‚ Making my first one today…for the challenge. My stitching got messed up though πŸ™ Forgot to turn my machine to larger stitches and it sewed so close together that it ripped my whole edge off my card. Guess I need more practice with the machine, Lol. Trying to make it work though. Thanks again…it’s really a great card layout/sketch or whatever πŸ™‚

  16. What a fabulous Tutoria!

  17. So cute, J! As usual, I love the distressing and stitching! Great tutorial too!

  18. This colour combo is SCRUMPTIOUS and your detail is awesome. Love the way you’ve laid out the tutorial. WOW! Mel

  19. Very cool design. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I love this pocket design. I have used once and now inspired to make this design again. TFS Julia

  21. I love your card!! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! I will have to give this a try soon. πŸ˜‰

  22. I saw this in the SCS gallery. What a pretty card. With your easy instructions, I can’t wait to make one. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Kim (stampin-girl)

  23. Thanks for the wonderful design, tutorial and really clear instructions. This will definitely be put to use during the upcoming holiday season.

  24. Awesome insstructions and it was exactly what I needed! Here is my version of your card http://nzlyn.blogspot.com/search/label/Slit%20Punch , the lady who received it loved it, thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

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