Lemony Sunshine Tri-Fold Gift Pocket

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You will need:

Sizzix Thinlits Die: DoodleArt #2 (664432)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3 Pk: Crochet #2 (664413)
Sizzix Bigz L Die: Large Stems (664170)
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7 Pk: Stitched Ovals (661188)- Retired
Substitute: Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die: Lace Scallop (657104)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine (660200)
Sizzix Accessory: Chrome Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies (660470)
GinaK Designs Premium Cardstock: Luxury White
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Ink Multi-Medium Matte Adhesive
Trim or Ribbon, Floss
Felt or Wool Fabric
Decorative Fabric Brad
Silk Flower
Parchment Paper or Cello

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and I'm very excited to be back on The Making Journal blog today to share another fun project featuring dies from the Tim Holtz Chapter 2 Release. Are you ever looking for unique and interesting ways to package up small gift items or gift cards? Well follow along with me today as I share a fun take on traditional gift packaging... a tri-fold gift pocket pouch.

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My bestie just recently celebrated a birthday, and since she had a late spring birthday, we decided to throw her a little lemon and lime theme luncheon. So my gift pocket has been done up in my favorite citrus combo of Distress ink colors. But it would be equally easy to change up the colors used here to match any theme or occasion. Let's take a closer look.

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1. To begin, cut a 5.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock. Using a scoring board or bone folder, score the long side at 4.25" and 8.5". Place the Doodle Art Thinlits die down onto the first panel, and hold it in place with a bit of purple tape before running the paper through your die cutting machine.
*TIP: It definitely helps to use the Chrome Precision Base Plate when die cutting intricate dies like this Doodle Art Thinlits die.

2. Die cut a scalloped border across the edge of the smallest flap, or die cut a separate border from white cardstock and adhere it to the edge. Fold the outer two flaps inward to create the tri-fold shape.

3. Open the paper back up, and place it down onto a non-stitck work surface. Mask off the die cut panel using purple tape or painter's tape. Ink blend the panel using Distress Oxide inks and an ink blending tool.

4. Mask off the scalloped panel with tape, and ink blend the panel using Distress Oxide Inks and an ink blending tool.

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5. Add small dabs of Multi-Medium Matte adhesive or your favorite liquid adhesive onto the back side of the die cut panel, and place the panel down onto a piece of clear acetate, cello, or parchment paper. Be sure to line up the left edge of the parchment with the score line on the inside. Trim off the excess around the edges, as needed.

6. Cut a 11" strip of white cardstock, and repeat die cut a Crochet #2 border across the panel. These dies only die cut the long lengths and not the thin ends, making it super easy to line up the die and cut continuously.
*TIP: Be sure to use the Chrome Precision Base Plate when cutting the Crochet border.

7. Ink blend the border with Distress Oxide ink using an ink blending tool. Place pieces of red line tape along the outside edge of the two large panels, and then fold the panels together to close.

8. Since the gift pocket will receive some heavier wear, I like to add a small stitch of floss in the middle of each side. You can also add a few staples to add extra strength.

 

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9. Fold the flaps closed. Wrap ribbon around one end of the packet. Fold the crochet border around the trifold, over the ribbon, and adhere the ends together in the back. Thread the ends of the ribbon up through the crochet border.

10. Die cut two flower heads from felt or wool fabric using the Bigz Large Stems flower die. You only need the flower heads, so trim off the stem. Stack the flowers together and add a larger silk flower behind. Secure the pieces together with a fabric brad. Adhere the flower to the ribbon. Add additional ribbon, if desired, and tie the ribbon ends into bows.

 

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Enjoy!

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