A pocket card is a fun way to include a gift or surprise within the card itself. This card features three butterfly stick puppets made with clear rubber stamps and rubber stamping techniques.
To Make This Card:
- 6″ x 12″ cardstock
- Craft Knife
- Clear border rubber stamps
- Clear butterfly rubber stamps
- Clear flower rubber stamps
- Ribbons and Rikrack Clear Stamp Set
- Acrylic Stamping Blocks
- Stamping ink
- Sponge dauber for inking the paper edges
- Pink microbeads
- Liquid Glue
- Accent Paper
- Post it notes
- Kebab sticks
- Double Sided Tape
Score the 6″ x 12″ cardstock at the 4″ mark and the 8″ mark. Fan fold the card.
Fold the front two panels together and with your craft knife cut the desired angle for the card pocket as illustrated below.
Pocket formed will look similar to the image below. DO NOT secure the pocket panels together yet at this stage.
Cut out a square frame from your contrasting paper to fit inside your card. Decorate the frame and pocket edges with the mini ric-rack clear border stamp found in the Ribbons and Rikrack Clear Stamp Set. Using your clear border rubber stamp, create vertical lines on the pocket. Be sure to stagger the placement of the flower as you stamp. To prevent the border line from extending over the stamped rikrack place a post it note to mask areas where you don’t want the image to appear. Using the triangle you intitally cut away, stamp 3 of your favorite butterflies with Clear butterfly rubber stamps to make the stick puppets.
Use the square cut from the frame you made from the contrasting paper (in the previous step) to create a moveable element on the front of the card. Add a matching border on the square using your border clear stamp. If you wish to add glitter to the circle designs in your background take a moment to add it to your pocket now. Secure the corner of the square element with a brad through the front panel of the pocket.We used a tiny piece of the triangle scraps to offsett this element. Stamp a flower using your Clear flower rubber stamps. Color in the leaf and the butterflies as desired using watered down ink from the lid of your stamp pad. (You can learn more about this coloring technique from idea number 5 in the Coloring Rubber Stamped Designs article.)
Cut out the butterflies and the flower close to the edge of each design. Adhere the flower to the center of the square using 3D foam tape. Stamp your sentiment above and below the flower using a birthday saying clear stamp.
Using a clear liquid glue cover the petals of your flower and then sprinkle with the mini micro beads. Please note that your glue needs to be fairly thick to hold them on. Liquid glue will cause pigment ink to bleed a little so take care not to cover the design itself if you can.
Next, using the Mini Bee’s clear stamp set fill in the frame inside the card with flowers and leaves. This will leave your butterfly puppets flying over a lovely flower garden.
Secure the edges of you pocket with double sided tape. Adhere the butterfly puppets to kebab skewers and place inside the pocket. You may need to adjust the length of the stick to complement your card.
That completes your puppet pocket card. These cards are great for kids and can be made up in any theme to suit the child’s likes or personality. A puppet pocket card can even be created to tell a story such as Old MacDonald’s Farm or The Little Engine that Could.