Thursday, December 6, 2007

Gift Card Holder - A Tutorial

Chris is always buying gift cards for clients and friends as thank-yous. He came home with one the other day and said, "Do you think you could make something to put this in?" Hmmmm..... ;) He realized that the envelope the store provided would not be satisfactory enough for his obsessed paper-crafting wife.

I know there are a lot of templates and tutorials out there for gift card holders, and I've used many of them. For this one, I thought I'd just use the same template as the store envelope, so it could be tucked into a gift basket or placed inside another card or envelope. I'm not one who likes to reinvent the wheel, so I simply took apart the store envelope and got my template from there. Here are the measurements and instructions, in case you'd like to do the same thing!

Start with a piece of cardstock 8" x 3 3/4" (I used Blue Bayou).

With the cardstock the long way in the trimmer, score at 1/2" and 3 1/4" (that's 1/2" from the edge on each side). Turn the cardstock horizontally and score at 3 1/2" and 7".

Using the score lines as a guide, cut out the sections on the top and bottom corners. You will be left with center flaps on each side, You will also have a short top flap and a long bottom flap.

Round the corners of the top flap.

On the long bottom flap, take a circle punch (I used a 1" punch) and punch a half-circle on the edge in the center.

Fold along the remaining score lines, then bring the side flaps in. Apply Sticky Tape or other strong adhesive to the side flaps.

Fold the bottom flap up and adhere.

Now embellish any way you want! I used Figgy 6x6 paper on the front and back. The pieces I used were 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" and 2 3/4" x 2 1/2" (you can get both from one 6" x 2 1/2" strip of the paper). The stamped image is from Punchy Words by Gina K. Designs. I used Old Olive and Chocolate Chip markers to ink the image, then I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched it out with a 1 3/8" circle punch, then matted in on Cranberry Crisp punched with the Scalloped Circle Punch.

I applied Chocolate Chip grosgrain to the flap and adhered the scalloped circle over it. Then I just brought the ribbon around the back and tied it closed.

It's really not much work, and it looks better than the store envelope, don't you think? ;)

That's all I have for today. Tomorrow is Friday already -- where did the week go? Only 19 more days 'til Christmas, and I have so much more to do!! Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day! :)


Carolyn King said...

Adorable! I love this idea---I am so into gift cards since we travel so this is a great help!

Dawn Easton said...

Awesome tutorial Christina! I love to give gift cards too!

Shel9999 said...

Very cute! And great tutorial!! :)

Tricia said...

Great idea! I actually have a gift card just *waiting* for an envelope right now!! :)

Bee said...

Very cute!♥ And you can never have too many options to present gifts-cards!! ;-) said...

Thank you so much for such a great tutorial. I was looking for something easy, and I found it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I just made four. Very easy and inexpensive. Love it! :)

Waseem said...

i can do that..I wish to give it a try Gift Card envelopes.

shamraiz said...

This is very clever, love it! I can see me trying this soon.
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