Brown Bag Cards and Portfolio

Hello, everyone, Happy New Year, and welcome to the CutCardstock blog where we enjoy showing you how we have used the gorgeous products from the CutCardStock Shop. This month the members of the DT are showcasing the marvelous Brown Bag products, As a matter of fact the Brown Bag Envelopes are now on sale at 10% off! The lovely color of the Brown Bag products is a bit darker than kraft but much richer and is truly eco-friendly since it is made of 100% recycled paper fibers!

I had a request for a set of CAS cards for several occasions so I decided to make a portfolio as well to hold the cards.

I used Brown Bag 12X12 Cardstock for the base of the portfolio, A-2 Brown Bag Folded Cards, Brown Bag A-2 Bag Flap EnvelopesBasis Red Cardstock for sentiment panels and matting, and Curious Metallic Ice Gold Cardstock for the jotting panels. I used the Impression Obsession Edger dies for the sentiments, and a Tim Holtz die for the rosette. I also used touches of bakers twine and gingham ribbon for some added texture. The size of the portfolio is ample for 6 cards and 6 envelopes. (I actually made two sets of this project–one set with baker’s twine and one set with the gingham, so I wanted to show both types of cards)
For the portfolio I used a 10 1/2″x12″ piece of Brown Bag CS and scored on the 10 1/2″ side at 7″. In order to make the 1/2″ spine, I scored on the 12 side at 5 3/4″ and 6 1/4″. Using a bone folder, make all of the score lines sharp.
The following will indicate where to use adhesive to make the  pockets. Fold this panel up to make the two pockets for the cards and envelopes. 
I then used Red Basis Cardstock to make both the front and back panels, topping the matting with another Brown Bag Cardstock panel. These 3 layers of CS make the portfolio very stable. I also added a heavy red/white baker’s twine to tie the portfolio together, as well as a TH rosette made from Brown Bag CS and a twine bow. Of course you can decorate the front as simply or as fancy as you wish. Just remember to consider some way to tie the folder together!! Smiles!! I have forgotten this too many times!!!
I used Basis Red CS for the sentiment panels:
and Basis Red CS matting and Curious Metallic Ice Gold CS for the jotting panel:
The following picture will show how I decorated the envelopes as well as the inside of the portfolio with a little pocket for gift tags.
I hope you like my little creation and will try one for yourself. Would love to see whatever you make!! Thank you so much for coming by today and we hope to see you again real soon for more Brown Bag projects! Until the next time, hugs from Jacque!!
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  1. this would be a perferct gift for a person who have never time for making his cards (my mother for example!). lots of cards for every moment of the year! thank you for this tutorial. marta

  2. This set is a great idea! So many people would love to send handmade cards but can't do them themselves… Love the red/kraft color scheme, love the simple rosette with its twine bow.

  3. What an amazing idea for a gift to someone, who has it all LOL. It´s such a beautiful set, and who can´t use a set of cards right? And your tutorial is just awesome Jacque. It+s very very clear and seems easy to follow and understand, even for someone, who´s not an expirienced crafter even, so no worries about that hun.

  4. This is a beautiful set! The rosette is fabulous and I love the brown bag cardstock! Thank you for the tutorial – I'm going to bookmark this so I can try it myself. The assortment of cards you made is wonderful! I like the rosette too! Thank you for sharing how you made this!

  5. I love making sets of cards for people and you've made that easy for us with the great tutorial. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. This is a super project with your as always very clear instructions. Everyone can follow these whatever their level of crafting. The base is also adaptable for other projects too. The simplicity of the cards make them so appealing. Glad you're much better, its good you are back, I really enjoy your blog and projects. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Such a simple and easy follow project, I love the real simplistic look of these cards, I will be trying this project in the near future..glad your feeling better..thanks for this…������

  8. Beautiful and Stylish!!.. Very elegant made.. And I love the color theme!!.. And to have Cards and Tags that matches is Perfect!!. Great Tutorial.. Great clear photos that shows how to make one!!

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