I joined Lori's sketch challenge swap over on SCS--you can read about it HERE. I decided to do Sketch # 26, a pocket card. I love these--it's like "Hey, kids, surprise inside!" Since the 4th of July is a little over a month away, I decided to use my new ODBD patriotic stamps. I just couldn't resist them. I am very patriotic--I love my country and think it is the best in the world! All products are SU except for flag, eagle, and Pledge stamps, those are all ODBD. I stamped the flag on confetti tan (SU retired--I am running out, need to find a new source as I like it better than kraft) in Palette Burnt Umber ink and colored with my good ol' Stampin Pastels. They are the first coloring medium I ever bought from SU, and they are so quick and easy to use, they are good for shading. I don't use them much anymore as my ink pads are right in front of me so I just watercolor most of the time. But I should! You can use them with blender pens or Q-tips (as I did here), and I have heard of people using them with Aqua Painters, though I have never tried it. Eagle head is done the same way.
This is a side view to show how I made the pocket. I didn't do it the way Sketch # 26 suggests but rather just scored a piece of 4.25" x 11" CS at 5.5" and 1", folded over the 1" flap and tied it with a Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon. It is open at the sides but you could use adhesive if you wanted. By the way that's ink on my thumbnail, NOT dirt!