Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute Gift Card Holder

Popping in quickly on this sunny Christmas Eve day with a little gift card holder "tutorial." Really I am just posting this on the blog today so that I know where to find the measurements when I inevitably lose them the next time I need to make one.

We bought book store giftcards for the boys' teachers this year, which wasn't very original, but hopefully useful for them. Since the gift itself lacked any creativity, I wanted the packaging to be special. Rather than go out and buy a gift card holder die (which was my first inclination), I realized that I could make my own (and once I had a template, could replicate them again and again and again...you get the picture).

I found this adorable sample over at Lisa Johnson's blog Poppy Paperie. She used My Favorite Thing's gift card pocket die, but since I couldn't get a hold of one quickly I decided to make my own...and actually it was pretty easy, so I figured I'd share the "recipe" so that you can make gift card holders whenever you want (you could even use this for journaling pockets on your layouts).

Basically, you are going to cut two pieces of paper for your holder (one for the taller back piece and a shorter piece to wrap around. I based this design on your typical credit-card sized gift card.

Cut a piece of card stock 3 3/4 inches tall by 2 9/16 wide. You could use patterned cardstock or decorate your own with stamps or embossing, whatever you'd like. I rounded the corners at the top, which is completely optional. Set this piece aside.

Next up, cut another piece of card stock that is 3 1/2 wide by 3 3/4 inches tall. Score this piece 1/2 inch in from the left and right sides and the bottom and cut out the little squares that are formed in the bottom left and right corners. I used a circle punch to cut the semi circle into the top, which makes removing the gift card easier.

Finally, glue the inside flaps from the piece above and adhere to the the back panel piece to create your gift card holder. (note, the back panel on this card was cut at 4 1/2 inches tall, which I decided to fix on later versions).

I decorated my kraft card stock with the Paper Smooches sentiment stamp
and some other miscellaneous stamps from my collection (Recollections maybe?)

Once your gift card holder is complete, you can adhere it to the inside of a card or even the front panel, like I did in these samples here (again cut the back panel too tall and don't love how it came out so the measurements I gave above are a better fit).

Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches, stripe and tree stamps from
Recollections maybe?, paper by DCWV

Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches, paper by Recollections

Thanks for stopping by. I've really appreciated your sweet comments throughout the year. I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and fantastic New Year!

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