In store-bought cards, these inserts are usually "tipped in" to a card...attached to the main card with a narrow strip of adhesive that runs along the fold on the back of the insert. Tipping in is a very simple, tidy way of adding an insert, but if you want to get really fancy, you can sew the insert into the card using an easy, three-hole pamphlet stitch.
- A finished card made with heavy card stock
- Coordinating thread or twine
- Text-weight paper (standard copy paper is fine) measuring 1/8" smaller than card when folded in half
- Scrap of text-weight paper the height of the fold of the card and no more than 2" wide
- Sewing needle
- Little wire-and-metal needle threader thingie (optional but recommended if you're thick-fingered like I am)
- Awl (optional)
|Start with a finished card and some coordinating thread. You|
will see the thread on the finished pamphlet, so you can get as fancy
as you want...metallics, twine, baker's twine, etc.
|Nest the folded insert into the card and open them both. Notice the even|
border formed by the card base. The insert looks evenly matted.
|Nest the template in the fold of the card and insert, making sure|
the insert is centered inside the card. Then, using a large needle or awl, gently
poke holes in the guide holes provided by the template.
|If you're using a big awl, |
don't poke too far through or your hole will be unsightly.
|Here you can see the finished holes from the outside of the card.|
|Bring your needle back inside the card through the bottom hole, and go back out|
through the top hole.
|Tie a standard square knot around the long stitch and snip the ends.|
This pamphlet stitch will be sturdy and the thread won't side around.
|Here's the finished card outside.|
|You can see the brown thread really well against the |
white card stock. If you don't want to draw attention to
the thread, just use thread in the same color as the card stock.
|And here you can see the insert, and how it's smaller than the cover.|
There you have it. You're no longer making cards; you're making pamphlets!
Pretty cool, eh?
stamps: Hero Arts
paper: Papertrey Ink white
accessories: see above