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Friday 6 April 2012

Poker Face Greeting Card with Matching Envelope Tutorial

Hi All!

Rachael here with a great tutorial for you on how to create this great bombshell western-themed greeting card, with matching envelope.

KaiserCraft Timeless Collection p653 Sheet Music
paper trimmer
nail file (if so desired)
a2 card base with matching envelope (I cheat and buy mine pre-scored)
black and tan gingham paper (I'm using DCWV 12x12)
Complementary red paper (I'm using a sheet from Martha Stewart's Critter's Designer Paper Pad)
Retro Cowgirl Rubber Stamp Set by Bombshell Stamps (using the profile pinup)
Luck and Fate Rubber Stamp Set by Bombshell Stamps (using Luck and Fate banner)
glue dots
copics or colored pencils
adhesive runner
xact-o knife and self-healing cutting mat (or other protective surface!)
pop dots or dimensionals

Make your card base. (I cheat and buy mine!)
flip Timeless collection p653 over and cut out your choice of playing cards.
If you want you can look up poker hands and arrange the cards that way as its kind of a cute touch.
Trim playing cards and shape with a nail file if needed.

Decide on sizing of the gigham that fits how you are going to arrange the small playing cards. Layer with your red papers. (I don't do exact measurements and I just end up eyeballing everything.) Do what looks good to you! Some overlapping of the gingham and base of the card might happen.

Fan the cards out in a pleasing manner. 

Stamp your profile pinup and your Luck and Fate banner on a separate sheet of paper and expertly color with copics or colored pencils.

Here are the copics that I used for this card. 

Cut out each piece stamped image once its colored.

Distress mini playing cards if so desired. Usually I would distress most of my pieces but since there is so much brown in this card design already, I'm going to leave them as they are because I need the white to pop the design.

When you have your mini cards fanned, put a glue dot behind each one and stick them to each other. This will not only add a slight dimension to the cards, but will also allow you a temporary hold on the cards so that you can position them before gluing.

Glue down your background papers once you are satisfied with the positioning.

Add glue to the back of your mini playing cards and glue down.

Take an exact-o knife and self-healing mat and cut out the negative space between the bombshell's legs. I always do this because I'm anal retentive and it bothers me. I also think it makes the design look cleaner, adds depth and precision and detail to designs, but that's just me! :)

Once you position the banner in the perfect place, glue it down.
Now pop your bombshell off the page with dimensionals and you're done with the card!

Now for the envelope...

Stamp the "BANG!" gun from the pinup set on the lower front left of the envelope and line in red and gingham, or just gingham if you're lazy like me. :-) Color the gun and flag if you like. I'm just leaving mine as black and white.

To line the envelope, take a bit of scrap paper cut it down so it sits just inside the envelope bit. It doesn't need to go all the way down to the bottom of the envelope, just enough so that when you open it to view it, you see the lovely print.
Flip over the envelope and trace the flap onto the back of the printed paper and cut out.
Slide the printed paper down inside the envelope just below the glue on the flap and score at the fold line. Glue down and you're done!

Special Notes: If you have any of the Tim Holtz mini playing card embossing folders, those would be fun to try too! 

Thanks for tuning into this tutorial. This card was really fun to make and I hope you enjoy recreating it as well!

Xo, Rachael


  1. Gorgeous card and great tutorial!

  2. Omg thank you awesome stamps.


  3. Thank you for this post. I love poker face cards. craig