How to make your own pochette cards

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How to make your own pochette cards
Use a piece of scrapbook paper to make a pochette card. (baby paper image by robert mobley from

Pochette cards resemble a flower with four petals when closed. People often use them as an envelope to enclose a note card, or as greeting card itself. Invitations for weddings and other events often are in the form of a pochette card, because they provide an alternative to traditional cards. The beauty of the pochette card is that you can make it any size you like, depending on your needs.

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Things you need

  • One 12-by-12-inch piece of cardboard or thick paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Protractor
  • Scissors
  • One 12-by-12-inch piece of scrapbook paper in the colour of your choice
  • Bone folder
  • Sticker

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  1. 1

    Draw a 4-inch square in the middle of the piece of cardboard, using the ruler as a guide.

  2. 2

    Draw a 4-inch wide by 3-inch high rectangle on every side of the square. When complete, your drawing should look like a cross.

  3. 3

    Round out the corners of the rectangles. Align the top of a protractor’s curve with each extension of the cross shape. Use a pencil to outline the curve until it meets each side of the rectangle. This will help ensure all the “petals” of your card are shaped evenly.

  4. 4

    Erase excess pencil lines from your rectangle shapes.

  5. 5

    Cut out the cross shape with the curved ends using the scissors. This cutout will serve as a reusable template, around which you can draw an outline whenever you want to create a pochette card.

  6. 6

    Trace the outline of your template onto a piece of scrapbook paper.

  7. 7

    Cut out the shape.

  8. 8

    Use the pencil to lightly form the lines of the original square on the shape you just cut out. Use the lines as a guide when you score the paper with a bone folder. Erase the lines after scoring the paper.

  9. 9

    Fold the paper over where you scored it, using the bone folder to make a smooth crease. When you fold the paper, all the petals should overlap.

  10. 10

    When you are ready to seal the pochette card, fold the sides of the paper down and secure them with a sticker.

Tips and warnings

  • A bone folder is a crafting tool used score and fold paper, which you can purchase at craft stores. If you do not have a bone folder, you can use the tip of a knitting needle to score your paper. Then, use a ruler to help create crisp folds in the paper that do not have ragged creases.
  • Although pochette cards traditionally are made with rounded ends, you can also make them with pointed ends. For example, you could make the sides around the main square in the shape of a triangle.
  • If you want to place a note inside your pochette card, consider making the card out of vellum instead of scrapbook paper.

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