Saturday, May 24, 2008

Gift Card Holder Tutorial

I am absolutely loving my She's All That set! What a fabulous addition to my stamp stash this set has turned out to be. I'm just crossing all my fingers and toes that this set makes it into the fall winter catalog, because I do not want to stop using it at the end of June!

The birthday cake girl was really perfect for this gift card holder. I simply stamped her in versamark on regal rose card stock and embossed her with white embossing powder. I did the same thing with the sentiment and punched it out with the small oval punch. (As you can probably guess, I custom mounted this set so that the sentiments are separate from the images, making this type of card a lot easier to stamp.)

I added a tempting turquoise mat to the image and the sentiment and used SNAIL to adhere both to a 5 3/4 x 2 3/4" piece of Flowers for You designer paper (if you like this paper and the colors in it as much as I do you will want to get it before August -- this designer paper coordiantes with this year's Ronald McDonald set, so it's pretty certain to retire at the end of this catalog). I then used my Crop-A-Dial to punch two 1/8" holes and threaded some tempting turquoise narrow grosgrain through the holes to create a faux bow. I then set the fully assembled piece aside to make the card base.

For the base I used an 11 x 6" piece of Lovely Lilac card stock, scored along the 11" side at 3, 5.5 and 8 inches. I then folded the base along the score lines so that it looked like the letter W.

I then used my word window punch to punch along the center fold. You want to punch exactly 1/2 of the word window width and approximately 2 lengths. The center of the fold doesn't look too great a t this point, but it is easily fixed by punching a half circle with the 1" circle punch. At the end of all the punching your card should look like this photo.

At this point you will want to open the card and apply sticky strip in the back of the card stock as shown in this photo. Peel the red tape and fond the card again to finish your card base.

As a final step before adding the decorated card front, take a piece of narrow grosgrain ribbon and cut a long enough piece to enable you to tie the ends into a bow. Secure the ribbon to the front of the card base with a couple of pieces of sticky strip, as shown in this photo. If desired, you can secure the ribbon to the back of the card base with SNAIL, or you can leave it loose. (By the way, the binder clip is only nn this picture to serve as an extra set of hands while I'm taking the photo -- you don't need it to make your card)

Then you just need to SNAIL the pre-decorated card front to the front of the base and your gift card holder is done. After you insert your gift card into the center fold you can tie a bow to keep the gift card holder closed.

As with the money holder I showed you yesterday, this gift card holder is sized perfectly to fit into the small open end envelopes. Pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.


Liz S. said...

Thank you so much, Diane!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much- You have great ideas and easy to follow directions!

Anonymous said...

thank you for this wounderfull tutorial. I love written instruction so I can print them and try it with every information next to me

Zafran ali said...

I love it. That seems easy to do. thanks for sharing
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