Monday, December 2, 2019

5 Days of Christmas Series | Gift Card Holders | Day 1

The last 5 days have been active and full.  My brother and his family stayed with us for several days and Emma was home from college.  We had 10 people packed into our little one-story, 1200 square feet home.  The cousins played games and read books, Brian wrestled with his 5 year old nephews (something he rarely did having 3 daughters), and my parents and grandmother came over for dinner each day.  Brian and I took our niece and nephews to Fun Fore All one morning and got to be silly and crazy - we attacked robots, played fooseball, raced each other on snowmobiles, and ate ice cream for lunch.  And now it's quiet because they returned home and Emma's back at college.  Alaina and Caitlin are still here, of course, but 6 fewer people in a small home is noticeable!  

5 Days of Christmas | Gift Card Holders | Nicole Steele The Joyful Stamper

So let's begin the blog series, shall we?  It's all about creative ways to gift the ever-popular gift card.  First up is an A2-sized holder (A2 is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card).  I received one as a swap at OnStage and loved its ease to make and that it can be mailed in an envelope for a standard sized card.

a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


The first version has a shabby, vintage look that goes so well with the Toile Tidings set and Designer Series Paper.  The cardinal was stamped on Very Vanilla in Real Red ink, then a Blender Pen was used to color over the image.  This smears some of the ink to give it a soft, colored-in look.  I added scraps of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim for an extra vintage touch.  Let me show you how to make the basic gift card holder!


Cut your cardstock to 4-1/2" x 11"; score at 2-1/2" and 5-1/2" on the long side.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Add Tear 'N Tape to the 2-1/2" section.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Cut three pieces of Designer Series Paper: 2-3/4" x 4"; 2-1/4" x 4"; 1" x 4"
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


If you want to add a vintage touch, add Soft Suede ink to the edges of the designer series paper with a Stampin' Sponge.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


Glue designer series paper to the pocket card (not shown is the 2-3/4" piece glued to the front); Use a circle punch (any size) to create a notch, then remove Tear 'N Tape liner and fold to create a pocket.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper


This is a cleaner version of the one above - no sponging, no Blender Pen coloring, and no lace.  I kept the Early Espresso mat cut with the Layering Square dies.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Toile Tidings stamp set and designer series paper

Here's one that uses the Let It Snow product suite.  I used Pool Party ink to stamp "Let It Snow" as a background for the happy snowman.  Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and a Heat Tool were used to create touchable snowballs.  A strip of washi tape from the Let It Snow Embellishment Kit runs along side panel and the Layering Square mat was cut with Sparkle Glimmer Paper.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Let It Snow designer series paper

This one looks similar to the first except I eliminated the stamped background and highlighted the snowflakes with Basics Holiday Rhinestones Jewels and a Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker.
a2 sized pocket gift card holder with Stampin' Up!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Let It Snow designer series paper

These gift card holders are so easy to make!  Pick your favorite set and designer series paper and follow the tutorial above.  

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