Monday, May 26, 2008

Another gift card tutorial

Sometimes I get on a roll and I just can't stop working with a certain stamp set or layout or color combination. This week I can't seem to stop working on different gift/cash holder cards. So today I'm uploading yet another gift card holder tutorial and this one is very similar to the tutorial from Saturday, except that it's a bit more detailed and it shows you how to make this style of card in the standard A2 (4.25x5.5") format.

I started with an 8.5x5.5" piece of close to cocoa card stock and scored it at 4.25, 6, and 7.75". Then I bent the card stock along the fold lines into a modified "w" so that it looked like this photo.

Next I took a piece of pretty in pink card stock cut to 4.25x5.5 and added a couple of pieces of sticky strip along one edge. I also added three pieces of sticky strip along the edge of the short flap on my close to cocoa "W". Using sticky strip here may have been a bit overkill and SNAIL might have done very well, but I wanted to make sure that these two pieces will never separate, and since there might be some extra stress on the pink piece which will functions as a card front, I thought better safe than sorry.

Before I attached the pretty in pink piece to the rest of the card base, I added some pretty in pink gingham ribbons (faux knot, of course!) to the 3/4" flap.
This is what the card base looked like after I peeled off the red protective tape and adhered the pretty in pink card stock to the close to cocoa card base.

Next I needed to punch the gift card holder along the center fold. To do this I punched a horizontal half of a word window shape with my word window punch as shown in this photo.
I then moved the word window punch over and punched another half word window shape, as shown in this photo.


I then used the 3/4" punch to punch a semi-circle between the two word window shapes. Please note that this is a smaller circle punch than the one I used on my last card. The reason for this is that due to the different size of this card, the gift card pocket is not as "deep" so the semicircle does not serve as much of a practical as a decorative purpose. Since it is mostly decorative, it can be a little smaller.

After I was done punching, I added a few pieces of sticky strip on the back of the card front as shown in this photo, peeled the red tape off and folded the center together to form the gift card pocket. I also added a strip of Berry Bliss designer paper to the card front.

I continued to decorate the card front by punching a large oval from the pretty in pink section of the front. I took a piece of whisper white card stock and stamped the "you Look Fabulous sentiment in chocolate chip ink. I punched the sentiment out using the small oval punch and sponged the edges with pretty in pink ink. I then used a dimensional and adhered the sentiment to the back of the base centered in the large oval hole punched in the card front.

Because I wanted this card to really resemble a regular card, I took a couple of pieces of sticky strip and attached the gift card pocket to the back of the card base.

Then it was time to finish the card front decoration. I stamped the pregnant gal image from the "She's All That" set on a piece of whisper white card stock in chocolate chip ink and sponged the edges of the card stock with pretty in pink ink. I centered the stamped image on a piece of close to cocoa card stock and attached the matted image to the card front. I then took two close to cocoa square buttons from the neutrals buttons assortment, threaded them with linen thread so that the knots were in the back of the buttons and attached the buttons to the card front with mini glue dots.

And here is what the finished card front looks like. I think it's so cute! I like the inside too, of course. the gift card pocket works well for gift cards, checks or cash! And the best part is that it's a standard card size, so no special envelopes are required. Woo hoo!

Hope you liked this tutorial. It may be the last of the gift card holders. Then again, you never know. Another inspiration may strike tomorrow!

2 comments:

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I really like the size modification. Great card.

Austin Chu said...

It's amazing how it's possible to give away something so creative with something seemingly thoughtless. I work for a company that manages gift cards, and we blog about gift card issues on savvywallet.com. One last thing, the gift should really be the gift card holder.