Pocket letters were very trendy 2 or 3 years ago. Actually it became a kind of a swapp item, together with regular ATC or tags exchanges. These are 9 ATC cards arranged in a baseball cards clear pocket and then it can be folded and sent in the regular envelope for the swapp. There are a few rules for this kind of swapp project: it should be fairly flat as you need to be able to put them inside the pockets and then to fold, so all big embellishments and flowers are out of the range. Then it should be connected with a theme, color or kind of product –
one of them or all together. Usually you can also add small staff as extras inside the pockets: small beads, swquins, trinkets or die cuts for the swapper to use.
I am Irit Shalom and this pocket letter was mostly made with Architexures products. I tried to stay in this ” flat mood” with minimum embellishments and mostly used dies to make shapes and images, but also added crackled backgrounds using stencils and crackle paste. All paints added are from Tattered Angels and you can see the whole range over the backgrounds and paper cuts.
Products used by Irit to make her pocket letter:
7gypsies Architextures #1 8×8 paper pad
7gypsies Architextures Findings, Trinkets and Treasures – Glass Bottle Collection and Mason Jars
7gypsies Architextures Tall Base – Rosettes
Canvas Corp Kraft cardstock
Canvas Corp E- Flute – Black, Kraft
Canvas Corp Kraft envelope
Tattered Angels High Impact paint – Light Blue, Light Pink, Turquoise, Antique Gold
Tattered Angels Decor and DIY paint – Ivory
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam – Rustic, Macadamia, Turquoise
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Wedding Pink, Verdigris, Aquamarine, Sun Sisters
Dies- Sizzix, non branded + Big shot
Stencils- Memory Box , Sweet Stamps
Texture paste and Art stones – Prima
Metal trinkets, Paper flowers, Wooden clock, Washi tape
Die cut 9 basic cards from Kraft and E- Flute cardstocks as shown.
Die cut post stamp shaped images from Architextures paper pad and add some chipboard layers on the back of small squares. Die cut more shapes for the future use.
Use stencils with crackle texture paste to make 6 backgrounds over Kraft bases. Let them dry.
Paint E- Flute bases with TA Ivory paint and then add splashes of High Impact Light Pink and Light Blue paints.
Mist all cards with a mix of TA mists (names in product list).
Paint the clay face with Turquoise Glimmer Glam.
Arrange the upper three cards using metal trinkets, die cuts, paper cuts and Architextures pieces.
Arrange next three cards using post stamp die cuts and make the title on two cards as shown.
Arrange the last three cards. Add small srt stones mixed with Glimmer Glam Rustic paint over most cards.
Add High Impact Turquoise paint over the card edges.
Add a piece of washi tape on the edge of plastic pocket – just for interest.
Embellish the Kraft envelope- make it flat and usuable to mail. Fold the pocket letter to fit the envelope.
First fold into thirds from top to bottom and then fold one third from the side.