Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative Pocket Gift Card
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with a little time for creativity thrown in. It’s so hot and humid here in North Carolina that I have only been venturing outside to water my herbs and check the mail. The rest of the time I’ve been holed up in my studio. I’ve been creating, as well as doing some cleaning and organizing. As usual, I ran across some goodies that I’d forgotten about. This time, I was lazily browsing my Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD when I ran across some darling papers and ephemera that got my creative mojo flowing overtime. Before I knew it, I was at my desk designing this Sew Decorative Pocket Gift Card that I think you are really going to love.
The thing that grabbed me was the amazing button card with the scalloped edge. The whole project grew from that one item. I printed it, cut it out, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Ink and then sewed some of my vintage pearl buttons along one section.
The papers are all from the CD. I spritzed both the button paper on the left and the dress form paper on the right with a little mist to distress and age them a bit. I die cut the pretty lace patterned paper with my Tim Holtz On the Edge Die (sewing) then inked it and backed it with rosy colored cardstock. It adds such a fun layered element to the gift pocket. The fancy bow is made with 7/8″ white organza and then topped with a second bow tied with coral pink satin in a delicate shell pattern.
The layers were stitched together and then the real fun began: embellishing! I created the little sentiment sign by layering it over the stitched tag that comes on the CD. Then I added the little button heart from the ephemera file. This is so easy and so fun to do, and trust me…if I can do it, anyone can do it!
I broke out another one of Tim’s dies (Mini Sewing Room Set) to die cut the dress form and spool. Each one was cut twice: once from heavy chipboard and again with designer paper. Then they were glued together, inked and decorated. Do you see that rosy measuring tape? Oh, how I love it! I wound it around my spool, topped it with the cute metal sewing machine charm and then cut a fishtail banner end. Isn’t it fun???
I wanted the card to serve as a gift all by itself. I’ve been seeing all these pocket page gift cards, and got my inspiration for the inside of the card from that. To make the pocket, I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock to measure 7″ wide x 11 inches tall, I scored it on the long side at 5″, folded it (this makes a 7″ x 5″ card base) and then scored the 1″ overhang and folded it up into the interior of the card. Before gluing the left and right hand sides, I lined it with more of the pretty lace paper from the CD. Then I lined this 1″ flap with the sewing ad paper and went to work cutting out a bunch of tickets and tags from the ephemera page. I created the sentiment tag with another paper from the CD (I told you this CD is LOADED!) and then hand wrote my sentiment onto it. Easy peasy!
I used loads of ribbon scraps and decorated each of the tags. Some have been wrapped with ivory burlap string, some have been wrapped with soft lime juice grosgrain ribbon, on some, I punched holes and inserted some fancy stick pins. Other tags were turned into button cards. I’m telling you, friends, this CD is a paper playground!
And the card interior is still cute, even with all the tags taken out. You could also tuck in a gift card to a friend’s favorite craft store or fabric store, or a gift card to a tea room or restaurant. The whole point is, the card is the gift…and isn’t that fun?
I hope this Sew Decorative Pocket Gift card has inspired you to take a look at the Crafty Secrets Sew Decorative CD. I barely scratched the surface on all the gorgeous sewing papers, ephemera, tags, png files and vintage goodness that it contains. It’s the perfect remedy for the summer doldrums, and a great way to make beautiful, personal gifts for friends.
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