Pocket letters aren’t just for penpals. Make a Valentine pocket letter with fun, interactive cards for a special someone this Valentine’s Day!
Valentine Pocket Letter
Pocket letters are great for trading with penpals. But why limit yourself to sending them to just your regular trade partners? They make wonderful happy mail for other people, too! For example, how about sending a Valentine pocket letter to a loved one this February? Can you imagine how fun that would be to get in the mail? A handmade page filled with goodies beats a Hallmark card any day!
With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, I’m currently working on a few different pocket letters. However, I wanted to share one in particular with you today, because it’s a bit different from those I’ve shared before.
Can you spot what’s different about this pocket letter? You might not be able to tell by looking at it, but every card in my Valentine pocket letter is interactive. Fun, right?!?
Interactive Pocket Cards
While simple decorated pocket cards are always lovely, sometimes it’s fun to change things up. Designing your cards so that the recipient has to interact with them in order to get the full pocket letter experience is one great way to do that. My Valentine pocket letter includes four simple styles of interactive cards. However, pretty much any kind of interactive card you can think of can be adapted to fit inside a pocket letter!
My Interactive Pocket Cards
Here are the cards that I chose to make for this Valentine pocket letter. Each one is super easy to make, and still gives you plenty of room to decorate.
1. Tri-fold Cards
First I added some tri-fold pocket cards. These are great for holding small goodies that you don’t want to fall out of your Valentine pocket letter. I lined mine with some white cardstock that I inked around the edges. This gives me some extra space to write notes to the recipient.
To make this style of card, simply cut a piece of double-sided patterned paper to 2.5 x 8.5 inches. Next score the paper along one of the long sides at 3.5 and 7 inches.
Fold the left end of the paper up along the 3,5-inch score line, and then fold the right end up at the 7-inch score line. If you like, round the corners of the right end flap before folding. Then just rotate the folded card a quarter turn to the left so that it fits properly inside the pocket letter.
One extra fun thing about tri-fold pocket cards is that you can tuck the top flaps into the pocket protector, or leave them out. I like to tuck mine in, but they look cute either way. If you do leave the tabs outside of the pocket protector, consider ‘closing’ them with velcro or glue dots. This helps ensure that your goodies stay inside during the mailing process!
2. Criss-cross Cards with Pull Tags
Next I included some criss-cross cards with pull tags. When the recipient pulls out the tags, they’ll see the fun messages and images that I stamped there.
To make a criss-cross pocket card, first cut a piece of double-sided patterned paper to 3.5 inches x 7.5 inches. Next, score the paper along one of the long sides at 2.5 and 5 inches. This will give you three panels of equal size.
Now you need to trim the two end panels into triangles. You can use scissors or a paper trimmer to do this. First, cut a straight line from the bottom left corner of the left-most panel up to the top left corner of the center panel. Then, cut a straight line from the bottom right corner of the right-most panel up to the top right corner of the center panel.
To assemble the criss-cross card, first apply a thin strip of tape runner or similar adhesive along the bottom edge of each of the triangle-shaped panels. Then just fold one triangular panel up along its score line, and repeat with the other panel.
I find that a 2-1/8 x 3-1/8-inch tag fits pretty well in these criss-cross pocket cards. Or how about a bunch of tall, narrow tags that each lists something you appreciate about the recipient? That would be a great addition to a Valentine pocket letter!
3. File Folder Cards
For my third interactive pocket card design, I made file folder cards. The pattern for these is included in the instruction booklet for the 123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. Although the 123 Punch Board was designed to make boxes, envelopes, and bows, there are many other projects like this that you can make with it. This particular pattern is adaptable to file folders of any size, so why not make some minis to add to your own Valentine pocket letter?
I decorated the fronts of my file folder cards with some contrasting papers and hand-colored, stamped images. Then I lined the insides with white cardstock to give me still more room for writing. You could also tuck die cuts, tags, or other flat treats into these for safe-keeping.
4. Mini Envelopes
Finally, I added a few of my all-time favorite interactive cards to this Valentine pocket letter: mini envelopes! There are several free folding patterns available for making these on the Internet (Pinterest is a great source). However, I used my 123 Punch Board to make these, too.
These mini envelopes are another great option for storing pocket letter treats. For example, they’re great for holding buttons, paperclips, brads, and beads. Another fun idea would be to make a miniature greeting card for the recipient to open. Or how about a gift card, or even a coupon book? There are just so many possibilities!!!
Making interactive pocket cards is an easy way to spice up your pocket letters. Although I’ve shared a few examples here, there are many other styles you can make. From pop-ups to shakers, if you can make it as a greeting card, you can make it as a pocket card. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, you have the perfect excuse to pull out your supplies and experiment. Who wouldn’t love to get an extra special, handmade Valentine pocket letter like this from you?
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Share Your Thoughts
Will you make a Valentine pocket letter for someone special this year? What other kinds of interactive pocket cards can you think of to spice it up? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!