Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Note Card Set, Matchbook Holder and a Tutorial!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 4 Purple Dots Note Cards over the past few days. And what better little gift can you give than 4 all occasion note cards – but you have to put them together in something, don’t you?! So how about an extra large Matchbook Holder? Take a look.

Purple Dot note cards set of 4 and Matchbook Holder:
And here is the inside with all 4 cards loaded:

If you like this, and want to make one of your own – I have written up a little tutorial on how to make this Matchbook Holder. Try one for yourself. If you have any troubles following my directions, or if you have any questions – just ask!

Matchbook Note Card Holder & Pen (for coordinating set of 4 Note Cards):

CS – 11” x 17” sheet Cream (Xerox), 12” x 12” sheet Purple (Bazzill)
Ribbon – Cream grosgrain (ribbon share – texasjodylynn)
Punches – Word Window, 1 3/8” circle, 1 ¼” circle, ½” circle, Slit punch (all punches SU!)
Misc - RSVP pen (Staples), large silver brads (Making Memories), paper piercer/mat (Making Memories), stapler, staples, large Pop Dots, mini Pop Dots, mini glue dots. Adhesive tape.

Cutting the Cardstock
Cut cream CS to 7 ½” w x 17” l. Score it along the length at 1”, 9” and 9 ½”. Fold and crease well on each score line. This makes your Matchbook holder base.
Out of the cream CS – punch 1 - Word Window, 2 – 1 3/8” circles, 2 – 1 ¼” circles, 3 – ½” circles. Set these aside to decorate the Purple CS piece.
Cut Purple CS to 7” x 7” square. Also cut a piece ¾” w x 3 ¼” long for the RSVP.

Matchbook Note Card Holder Base
Lay the cut and scored cream CS matchbook base, completely flat/open, in front of you with the narrow end closest to you (Portrait orientation). Fold up the bottom 1” flap (closest to you) and staple it closed. I put the staple roughly ½” up (middle of flap) and stapled 3 times, 1 in the centre, and 2 either side of this centre staples. See this photo to see the staple placement clearly.

On the matchbook back panel, draw horizontal lines across the panel, starting at 1/16” down from the 9” score line you have already made. Then draw 4 more lines below this one, each 1” down from the previous line. Use the Slit Punch to make 1 slit in each of the 1” gaps, centered between the lines (4 on the right side, 4 on the left side). For proper placement, insert the slit punch as far as it will go in on each side. Erase your pencil lines.
Your matchbook holder base is now ready to decorate, but make your RSVP pen first..

Roll the ¾” x 3 ¼” piece of purple CS into a tight long tube. Unscrew the black end of the RSVP pen (comes out along with the ink cartridge). Insert the purple cardstock into the pen barrel, using tweezers if need be. Screw the pen end back in and voila! The pen is done!

Decorate Matchbook Holder Front
Take the 7” square purple CS. Take the cream CS Word Window you have punched out and insert a silver large brad at each end (don’t fold open the brad prongs yet, just set it aside). Please the RSVP pen where you would like it on the purple CS, and pierce 2 horizontal holes for the Word Window brads, 1” apart. Insert each brad and open the prongs to secure. This leave a looped spot for you to insert you pen. Decorate the rest of the purple CS by randomly adhering the punched circles (3 different sizes) with Pop Dots. Wrap cream grosgrain ribbon around the right edge, and tie. Adhere the entire piece to the front of the Matchbook holder, centered left to right and roughly ¼ down from the front panel’s top edge. See the photo at the top for how I decorated the front.

Loading the 4 Note Cards
The 4 sets of slit punches on the back panel of the matchbook will hold your note cards. To load the card properly, start with the card that will be on the top. Insert the card back only, into the coordinating envelope, so that the card front is seen on top of the envelope and has the envelope flap on top. Now open up the card and slid the card back/envelope only (not the front of the card) down through all 4 sets of slits. Leave the card open. Now load the next card in the same manner, starting at the second set of slits down from the top, and sliding through 3 sets of slits. Load the next card in the same manner, starting with the 3rd set of slits down. Load the last card in the same manner, but only through the bottom set of slits.
Your holder is now fully loaded with all 4 note cards – and you can fold the matchbook top down and slip the bottom edge of that front panel into the matchbook bottom.

Refer to the photos if you need a visual reference. And remember, if you need more help – just ask!
Until next time, have a great day!


Flossie's Follies said...

Loved the cards over the past few days, the holder is fantastic, thanks so much for the tutorial.

Cindy H. said...

An adorable gift set! I read over your instructions for the *matchbook* and they make perfect sense to me :) Looks like a cute and easy gift. TFS

Kathy said...

I have printed the directions. I will attemp to recreate the "matchbook" and send to my secret sister. TFS

Storm said...

Thanks for this, it looks so cute, and it is just perfect for the card sets I made, much neater than the holder I was originally going to put together. Great gift maker, with the pen too, just too cute, thank you!!