This is a quirky little card that doesn't conform to any standard size - although it does fit into a regular size envelope - that kind of evolved in the making. The base of the card is simply a piece of textured red card stock cut 6" wide and 5 1/2" tall. Then scored at the halfway point so the finished base card measures 3" wide and 5 1/2" tall.
If you look carefully you will see two of the new neutral squares - a wheat colored Twinchie Square with a dark cream Inchie + Square layered on top. You can just barely make out the stamping on the wheat Twinchie Square - it was done using Versamark ink to create a watermark effect with the Cedar stamp from Rubber Soul. The primary image is a Dove with Berries also from Rubber Soul. Stamp the bird using Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink. Before coloring the image take a Copic marker (either C0 or E50 and draw an outline or halo all around the entire image. Color the bird with Prismacolor Crimson Lake and the berries with a combination of Limepeel and Kelly Green. (Tip: the reason that you use the Copic marker first is because you don't want to 'pick up' even the tiniest dot of color pencil pigment - it will be really hard to remove from the tip of the marker and will color everything from then on!)
The pattern papers are from Graphic 45 - what a wonderful collection that is just perfect for the holidays. Cut the largest piece 2 5/8" square (red one) and the next 2 3/8" (green one). Before you assemble the card take a color coordinating marker and gently 'edge' around the squares eliminating the white edges from your cutting. It also adds a slight bleed effect that is pleasing.
Assemble the card like a layer cake putting the piece closest to the card on first. Use a piece of foam tape when adding the Inchie + Square with the bird to give it an extra bit of dimension.
The pocket is really simple to create. Cut a piece of pattern paper measuring 3" wide by 5 1/2" tall. Score a line across - not quite in the middle - at 2 1/2" from one end. Then score along both long edges a line 1/4" from each edge. Cut the scored edges off the longer side - this becomes the side you glue to the card and you don't need the 'flaps'. Fold the short side up - this becomes the front of the pocket. Before you fold the flaps inwards and glue them to make the pocket use a circle punch on the front of the pocket. Also use a corner rounder on the side that sticks to the card. Then glue the flaps of the pocket down and then glue the entire pocket to the card.
Once you create a pocket, make one or two more. That way you can quickly convert a card into a gift card holder - perfect for any last minute gift! Can you believe those wonderful kiosks at the grocery stores with tons and tons of gift cards!! I admit, I grabbed a few yesterday myself!!
Happy Holidays to all, from everyone at Inchie Arts!