Monday, 21 November 2011

Pocket Blessings

Pocket Blessings are mini cards that are small enough to put in a purse, wallet or pocket. They can be stuck on a fridge with magnets and can easily be sent through the post. You can give one card, or if you like make a whole set with matching backs and tie them together with a pretty ribbon for a larger gift.

I'm sharing instructions with you today for how to make these the hybrid way, you can easily adapt this for using entirely traditional methods.

Set-up your page to the same size as the card-stock you will be printing on (A4 for me).

Most printers have a margin where it doesn't print anything. Check your printer settings and place guidelines at the margin points (.6 cm for me).
Create guidelines to divide your page into a grid with each section approx 3.5 x 2.5 inches.

If your software does not support guidelines then draw horizontal and vertical lines in the top layer.


Arrange digital papers, embellishments, photos and word art in each section of the page.
For the example card above I used one of my husband’s photos and a quotation from the bible.

For the next step
Either
· Print on to the back of patterned card stock from your paper crafting stash
Or
· Print on to white card stock
· Turn the card stock over and print a sheet of digital paper onto the back
Or
· Print on to white card stock
· Stick a sheet of patterned paper or wrapping paper etc to the back with a stick glue or similar adhesive. (I did this for the example card shown above.)
· Leave to dry

Cut out the cards
(Optional: round the corners with a corner punch for a more professional finish)

Finishing Touches

For single cards you could do any of the following:
· Laminate it for extra durability
· Stick a magnet on the back
· Attach to a greetings card with string or ribbon so it can be removed by the
· Recipient as well as add decoration to the card

For packs of cards you could do any of the following:
· Tie them together with ribbon
· Cover a card box with coordinating paper to put them in
· Make a matching box to put them in

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