Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pop-Corn Slider Gift Card holder Tutorial

As I promised last night, here is the tutorial for the pop-corn slider gift card holder that The Friends of the Itasca Community Library are going to present to the Itasca Community Library staff at the annual staff appreciation breakfast this Wednesday. Our Library staff is really great and we love to throw this breakfast for them every year. We bring in all kinds of yummy goodies, including a fresh waffle station, and we give every staff member a little token of our appreciation for all that they do for us throughout the year.

This year the theme will be "movies" and the colors are black and red, so our gift will be a bag of microwave pop-corn and a Blockbuster gift card packaged in a cute little holder. These holders are really neat and a great gift for anyone, anytime. This time of year everyone is working on teacher appreciation gifts, and this type of thing would be perfect! And what a nice gift this would make for your mailman or UPS person at Christmas? Or how about a great "back-up" gift to have at work for that inevitable co-worker who got you something even though they weren't supposed to? The possibilities are endless!

Becasue of the length of this tutorial, I used small photos, but you can click on any photo to see a larger detail.

Paper cutter
paper scorer
Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White and Summer Sun Card Stock
Basic Black and Summer Sun Classic Ink
Star Background Stamp from Background Basics
Thank You Stamp from Much Appreciated
Rough Edges Alphabet
Double Rectangle Punch
Slit Punch
Star punch (non Stampin' Up!(r) -- sorry SU doesn't carry a star punch this year)
Stampin' Pastels(TM)
Sponge Dauber

Use your paper cutter to trim an 8.5x11 piece of Real Red card stock to 6x9.25"

Wrap the Real Red card stock around a bag of microwave pop-corn and adhere along the back seam. The pop-corn bag should be snug, but you should be able to slide it in and out of the sleeve.

Use your paper trimmer to cut 2 pieces of basic black card stock. One will measure 3.75x11 inches. The other will measure 5.5x1 inch.

Slide the 5.5x1 inch piece of basic black card stock into the double rectangle punch and punch so that one of the long edges is touching the back edge of the punch. Punch two holes.

Slide the card stock over so that you can see one of the holes in the card stock in the right punch rectangle. Punch again. Continue sliding and punching in this manner until just before you reach the other edge of the strip.

Your strip should look like the strip in this picture. This will be your template for the faux film strip technique.

Use your paper scorer to score the 3.75x11 inch piece of basic black card stock at 1.75 inch and 5.5 inch marks. Fold the piece in half lengthwise along the 5.5 inch score line and fold the card stock in the other direction along the 1.75 inch score line to create a flap outside of the pocket. Run a thin strip of adhesive along the two outer edges of the card stock between the 1.75 inch and 5.5 inch score lines and adhere the card stock to form a pocket with an outside flap.

Place the black template strip along the outer edge of the pocket as shown, lining up both outer edges.

Now you're ready for the faux film strip technique, invented last night by Liz Ecsy. Originally, my plan was to use the double rectangle punch to punch holes all along the edges of both sides of this gift card holder, but I quickly realized that doing so for 25 holders would take forever. What to do? That's when Liz said "it's too bad that you can't do faux sprocket holes, like with chalk or something" and a new technique was born. Yay Liz -- she saved the day!

I know it's hard to see in this photo, but to do the faux film strip technique all you need to do is pick up white chalk (Stampin' Pastel) onto a sponge dauber and run the dauber along the template strip. The chalk will adhere to the card stock underneath. Super quick and easy! Then just repeat on the other side of the pocket holder.
Ideally, immediately after chalking you would seal it with an acrylic sealant to make sure the chalk does not smear. Unfortunately, I did not have any sealer so I cannot show you this step. Even without the sealer, though, the technique looks great!

Next punch 2 stars out of a strip of Summer Sun card stock.

Next use a dimensional to attach the flap to the outside of the pocket holder.

Adhere the two stars to the outside of the pocket holder and attach the pocket holder to the pop-corn sleeve by centering the pocket holder on the front of the sleeve.

Use your paper trimmer to trim a piece of whisper white card stock to 5.5x2.375 inches. Use the slit punch to cut two slits at the bottom of the card stock.

The card stock with two slits should look like this. Now you can decorate using the star background stamp and the summer sun classic ink.

Now use the paper trimmer to trim off the bottom 1/2 inch of card stock, so that the card stock measures 5x2.375 inches.

Add a thank you sentiment in the center of the card stock. This sentiment will be visible after the gift recipient removes the gift card.

Insert the gift card into the two slits.

Stamp the "You're a Star" sentiment above the gift card. To make this step easier you may choose to rubber band several letters together and stamp them all at once.

Repeat 24 more times and you'll have all the gifts ready for the library staff! Aren't they cute?

That's it. Hope you enjoyed this rather long tutorial! Have fun making your own pop-corn sleeve gift card pocket holders and using the faux film strip technique!


Allison said...

Great work Diane!

Peggy Maier said...

Really cute idea! Thanks.

beate said...

Great gift for your library staff! Love your pop corn gift card holder.

CraftyEngineer/TexasLonghorns said...

Great tutorial. Love the rubber band idea. TFS.

Michelle said...

Oh, wow, what a great project! Thanks for adding the tutorial!

Marie said...

I love this idea - the tutorial was very clear. Now I just have to find an occasion to put this to use. Maybe year end teacher's gifts?

mimihas5 said...

What a wonderful tutorial!I have never heard of a pop corn gift card holder before. Excellent idea and a very cute card.


Hotel Key Card said...

Great tutorial so far. i like the rubber band idea and i would like to use this to my project. The cards are also really nice.