Back to basics – chocolate pocket card with 20 cm design paper

Why back to basics? Chocolate pocket cards were my first attempts on the paper crafts journey – I have written a bit more about it in my first paper crafts post . They are still close to my heart because they have a very simple structure and are practical at the same time. I decided to get my nose out of YouTube for a change, just pick up some nice papers and create something. This is probably the first time I have done something without anyone specific in mind. I will write in more detail this time – if you are interested in trying it out, it is a good exercise.

What materials do you need?

  1. Each card requires one sheet of thicker A4 cardstock – preferably at least around 200 gsm.
  2. When I was twisting the chocolate (100g) on the cardstock to get the measurements in place, I discovered that 20×20 cm design paper is the perfect size – one sheet can cover exactly all sides. I went for the romantic “Tenderness and Love” from Fabrika Decoru. Instead of design paper, you can use other beautiful pictures that are stronger, such as old postcards or beautiful pictures from some cardboard packaging.
  3. You need a ribbon to tie the chocolate pocket – it can be any ribbon that you would also use to wrap gifts (satin, tulle, etc.).
  4. All elements require either craftng glue or thin double-sided tape to secure them.
  5. To fold the cardstock, the ideal option would be a scoring board, where you can draw scoring lines with the help of grooves and a special stick. If not available, you can also use a ruler and a tool with a finer edge that is not too sharp to cut through the paper (such as the blunt side of scissors or a butter knife).

How to make the chocolate pocket card?

  1. The first thing I recommend is to select and match all the materials – cover pictures, cardstock of suitable color and ribbon.
  2. Then it’s time to pick up the tools and get the card base ready. I made a simple blueprint with dimensions – the dotted line indicates the scoring lines, the solid line shows the cut sections. NB! Do not use it as a template – the scale is not in place! As you can see in the layout, the wider cut strip can in turn be used for the fastening strips for the pocket.
Card base

3. Continuing with the selected 20×20 cm sheet of design paper, you can cut exactly three cover panels for both sides of the card and the pocket. The sides of the panels are all 5 mm smaller than the card base, so that the folding lines stay free when attaching the pictures.

Cover panels

4. Now it’s time to find the ribbon and cut a piece (or two) of suitable length. To keep the edges from branching, I hold the cut edges close to a lighter’s flame until they melt slightly.

When all the elements are ready, you can start gluing. There is no specific order, but I will leave some suggestions here.

  • Since I like to hide the ends of the ribbons under the panels, I usually cut two pieces and stick the ribbons on the cardstock first. However, you can also leave the ribbon on top and attach it last – then I recommend cutting one long strip that would extend around the card, and be sure to glue it to the closed card.
  • I suggest attaching the cover panels when the pocket is not yet closed up and the cardboard can be fully unfolded – then the panels can be pressed without damaging the card.
  • Once the visual elements are in place, it’s time to attach the small side strips on the pockets – they should fit between the back and the shorter side of the pocket so that the card holds together nicely.

Happy crafting and happy munching (we all know what will happen to the chocolate)!

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