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Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Make the Tools
  • Make the Parts
  • Assemble the Card


Make a vintage look valentine card with a pocket in the front for a mini envelope for secret messages. Free template available for download.

Tools and Materials

Printout of Valentine Pocket Card Template
Self-sticking laminating sheets
Dye-based rubber stamping ink - colors: dark brown, ochre, peach
Metallic bronze ink - I used Mica Magic
Scrap cardstock
Off-white paper
Tan cardstock
Red cardstock
Rubber stamps - Cupid With Heart Small, To My Valentine, Border Stripes, Antique Pattern, Faux Postage Set 5, Valentine Faux Postage Helpers
Clean scrap paper
Metal Ruler
Paper folding/creasing tool
Push pin
X-Acto knife
Self-healing cutting mat
Glue stick
Yes glue
Old credit card

Make the Tools
  1. Download and print out the template Valentine Pocket Card. Laminate and cut out the components.

  2. Valentine Pocket Card
  3. Stamp Cupid With Heart Small onto scrap cardstock, laminate and trim around.

Make the Parts
    Valentine Pocket Card
  1. Cut out a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in piece of tan cardstock. Cut some 1/2 wide strips out of scrap cardstock. At the right is what my mask looked like after a few uses.

  2. Place a piece of scrap paper on your work surface. Form a piece of tape into a loop and attach it to the back of the tan cardstock piece and press it down onto the middle of the piece of scrap paper. Distribute the 1/2 inch strips evenly over the front of the card and tape in place.

  3. Ink up a sponge with ochre ink and sponge stripes in between the cardstock strips.

  4. Valentine Pocket Card
  5. Remove card from under the strips, remove tape loop and stamp the open portion of Border Stripes with Bronze ink in between the sponged areas.

  6. Again with the Bronze ink, stamp the double scroll from Faux Postage Set 5 three times in a row along the top edge and three times along the bottom. Stamp the tiny heart from Valentine Faux Postage Helpers inside the double scrolls in Bronze. Set front of card aside and let the ink dry.

  7. Take the template labeled "Pocket" and place it on the back of the red cardstock. Draw around it with pencil and cut out the heart shape.

  8. Take the template labeled "Cut out heart for front of pocket" and place it on the back of the light paper. Draw around it with pencil and cut out the heart shape.

  9. Flip heart over and make a texture on it with a sponge and peach ink.

  10. Valentine Pocket Card
  11. Place laminated cupid mask in middle of heart. Ink up Antique Pattern with ochre ink and press down on the heart. After printing, lift up stamp carefully.

  12. Stamp Cupid With Heart Small in dark brown ink in the spot where the mask was.

  13. Valentine Pocket Card
  14. Sponge Bronze ink around the edges of the heart. Set aside and let ink dry. When it's dry, glue to the front of the red cardstock pocket piece with a glue stick.

  15. Valentine Pocket Card
  16. Take the template "Mini Envelope Template" place it on light paper. Trace around it with pencil and cut it out. Fold in the tabs.

  17. Sponge peach ink onto front of envelope. Stamp To My Valentine in dark brown ink.

Assemble the Card
  1. Put a secret message in the tiny envelope. Close with tape or a decorative sticker.

  2. Place the guide for the card front that you printed out over the actual front of your card on top of a self-healing cutting mat. Poke a push pin through the guide into the card to mark where to cut the slits for the tabs.

  3. Place the metal ruler along the marks you just made and cut the slits with the X-Acto knife.

  4. Fold down the tabs on the front pocket and insert into slits. Hold in place by taping down on back side of card.

  5. Cut out an 8.5 x 5.5 in piece of cardstock in a color that complements the card front. Fold it in half. This will become the body of your card.

  6. Spread Yes glue on the back of the card front with an old credit card and glue to front of the 8.5 x 5.5 in folded piece. If you don't have Yes glue, a generous coating of glue with the glue stick should work. Place a piece of clean scrap paper over your card and burnish well with your paper folding/creasing tool.

  7. Put your mini envelope into the front pocket and write a sentiment inside if you want. You're done!

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