Friday, May 23, 2008

Another Money Holder

This is yet another card we made at Wednesday's money/gift card holder class. I like the way this one turned out because it's relatively simple and can be used for so many occasions. It's a scaled down version of the gift certificate holder I posted recently, except that this card is sized pretty precisely to hold US $ bills and to fit into the Stampin' Up! small open end envelopes.

The construction is pretty basic. Start with a 6 5/8x7 3/8" brilliant blue base scored along the longer edge at 2 1/4 and 5 3/8 inches to create two overlapping flaps. Take a piece of 2 x 6.25 inch yo yo yellow card stock, tie a piece of pumpkin pie striped ribbon around it (or, if you're like me and can't tie a decent know without cheating, use the Waxyo cheater knot) and attach it to the outside of the top flap (the flap that's 2.25" wide). Stamp the large star from the classic backgrounds set with brilliant blue ink on whisper white card stock. Use the small star punch to punch out the center, then use the large star punch to punch out the star. Punch another large star from pumpkin pie card stock and attach the outline star directly over the pumpkin pie star. Stamp another brilliant blue star on whisper white cards stock and punch it out with the small star punch. Stamp the sentiment of your choice (I used the congratulations stamp from the Birthday Hugs and Wishes set) in brilliant blue and attach the stars with dimensionals.

On the underside of the top flap attach a piece of 2 x 6.25 inch whisper white card stock with one large star stamped in brilliant blue and layer a small star punched out of pumpkin pie card stock in the center. Leave the rest of the panel blank to write in your message to the card recipient.

Take a piece of 1.75 x 6.25 inch pumpkin pie card stock and punch 2 tabs with a slit punch. This piece is sized so that you should be able to insert the slit punch all the way in and the tabs will be perfectly positioned to hold down the top card flap. Stamp the pumpkin pie card stock with the small stars from the classic backgrounds set and center it on the outside of the bottom panel so that it's visible when the panel is flipped up.

Now comes the hardest part of the card. You need to secure the flap up and to make sure that the adhesive you use is strong but narrow. You could use a line of Tombow mono-multi, but I prefer sticky strip. The only problem is that sticky strip is too wide for this application, so I actually split my length of sticky strip in half so that each side was only 1/8" wide. Sticky strip is plenty strong even at 1/2 its width and this way there is plenty of room to insert the cash with a little wiggle room and no worries about the money sticking to glue that may have leaked out from the seam.


desirée said...

Such a fun card! Love the bright colours:)

Becky Y. said...

I was doing a search on Splitcoast for a gift money holder and found a link to your project - Yippee! Thanks! I'll be making two of these today.