Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pocket Card with Bookmark Tutorial

My dear brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Sandy, were married on Valentine's Day in 1998. They are such a wonderful, Godly couple and I am so blessed to have them in my life! To commemmorate their anniversary I created the following card that I am mailing to them tomorrow. The cover of the card has a little dog-eared pocket which holds a cute, personalized bookmark that includes their photo:

Here's how I created the card, which could be modified for any occasion! In lieu of a bookmark, a gift card could be tucked into the front pocket, or you could add a bookmark and a gift card to Barnes and Noble for your favorite reader to enjoy!

I started out with the following materials:
  • Standard, white A2 card blank and envelope
  • 4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock
  • 4" x 5 1/2" piece of decorative paper (red heart paper shown in my example)
  • 3" x 4" piece of decorative paper (black and white polka-dot paper shown in my example)
  • 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of solid cardstock, cut in half diagonally (pink cardstock shown in my example)
  • 4 3/4" x 2 1/2" piece of black cardstock, cut as outer layer of tag
  • 4 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece of cream cardstock, cut as inner layer of tag
  • 1 1/2" x 2" piece of cream cardstock to stamp "LOVE" sentiment on
  • 2" x 2 3/8" piece of black cardstock to attach "LOVE" sentiment to
  • Scrap red and pink cardstock to attch mini photo to
  • 3 pink die-cut hearts
  • Ribbon
  • Red heart brads
  • 3-D dots
  • CTMH "Playful Flourishes" stamp set
  • CTMH "Atomic Caps" stamp set
  • CTMH "Soul Mates" stamp set
  • CTMH "Say It In Style" stamp set
  • Black ink
  • Tulip ink
Begin by adhering the red heart paper to the 4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock. Fold the upper right corner down to form a right triangle that is 2 3/4" on the short sides and attach pink cardstock triangle to the flap:

Using a ruler mark off 3 spaces, 3/4" apart on the long side of the triangle flap. Using a Crop-A-Dile, punch holes where you've made marks and tie pieces of coordinating ribbon through the holes:

Attach the 3" x 4" piece of black polka-dot paper to the upper portion of the front of the card blank:

Attach the decorated red heart pocket piece to the front of the card - remember to only apply adhesive to the sides, bottom, and top left corner so that you'll form a pocket for your bookmark and/or gift card to slide into!

Using black ink, stamp the word "LOVE" onto the 1 1/2" x 2" piece of cream cardstock and sponge the edges with tulip ink. Attach the "LOVE" sentiment to the piece of 2" x 2 3/8" piece of black cardstock. Attach the sentiment to the lower left corner of the front of the card using 3-D dots for dimension. Attach a heart-shaped pink die cut to the right of the sentiment.

Trim the top corners of the black and cream colored cardstock that you've pre-cut to form a tag. Attach a piece of black and white polka-dot organza ribbon to the cream cardstock tag with a red, heart-shaped brad. Center and adhere the cream cardstock tag to the black cardstock tag. Stamp a sentiment along the left edge of the tag. (Mine says "...and they lived happily ever after").

Trim a photo to 1 5/16" x 1" and adhere to pink and red cardstock mats that you've cut slightly larger than the photo. Adhere 2 pink heart die-cuts, in a staggered fashion, under the photo:

Stamp the initials of the couple inside the hearts and then stamp flourishes on the cream cardstock as well:

Slide the bookmark into the pocket on the front of the card. If desired, attach a red, heart-shaped brad or button to the lower corner of the dog-eared flap. Open the card up and stamp a sentiment and/or decorative elements:

Decorate envelope as desired and pop in the mail!



  1. That is so lovely!! They are going to adore it!

  2. I am soooo glad you shared this card! It is gorgeous!! i have a few I need to make and I am going to be using this tutorial of yours to create mine!! I love the pocket with the tag!! Thanks for sharing it! And happy anniv. to the happy couple!
    Barb :)

  3. Sandy & Don GoettelFebruary 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Becky, Don & I received your card today and we loved it! Thank you so much for remembering our Anniversary and making us the card. It will go with our keepsake treasures. You're the best & we both love you so much.
    Don & Sandy


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