Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Tutorials ~ Gift Card Holder

Today I’m bringing you the second in my mini series of festive tutorials, as part of a “Project a Day” that UKS are running on the Homepage this month. There have been a wide variety of lovely items and plenty more to come. Why not check it out, if you haven’t already. All the projects shared so far can be found here.

Have you ever had to pick up a gift card at the supermarket as a last minute gift? Wouldn’t it be nice to pretty it up a bit before giving. Well, here’s how to do just that.

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You’ll need cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, a circle punch and a greeting stamp.

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Cut a piece of cardstock measuring 10 3/4” x 4”. Score at 2 3/4”, 4”, 5 1/4” & 8 1/8”.

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Fold the 1st, 3rd and 4th score lines in one direction and the 2nd the other way. The photo above shows the inside of your gift card holder.

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Flip over (top to bottom *not* left to right) so that the outside is uppermost. Cut a piece of patterned paper 4” x 2 3/4” and adhere to the left hand panel. Put double sided tape just to the right of the 1st score line, as shown. Round the corners of the right hand panel, punch out a circle* and stamp your greeting.

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Remove the tape liner and bring the folds together. This will form the section where the gift card will be held.

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Flip back to the inside and mark the width of your gift card in pencil.

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Centre your punch and punch approx 1/4” from the folded edge. Slide the punch to the right (up to your pencil mark) and punch again. Do the same to the left.

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I used a slot punch for mine as it gives nicely rounded corners, but it also works with a square, as shown in the previous picture. Insert your gift card.

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Fold the bottom up….

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….and the top down. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the card and tie in a bow. I positioned the bow at the top of the circle, to give it the look of a bauble.

Here are some others I made previously, for a couple of birthday girls. Instead of simply rounding the corners on the front flap, I used a scallop punch. Mine is a Fiskars one and punches quite deep, so in this instance I cut the card at 11” long. As you can see, it’s easily adapted to the occasion and supplies you have.

*I used a 1 3/4” circle punch, but other sizes will work. Alternatively you could use a wafer thin die, such as a Spellbinder circle, if you prefer.

PS If you don’t have a suitable punch for cutting the gift card slot, then you might like this previous gift card holder tutorial I wrote.

37 comments:

misteejay said...

What a lovely idea for making gift cards look so pretty - TFS

Toni xx
(Misteejay on UKS)

furrypig said...

that is a great idea and a lovely clear tutorial thanks Fiona

Scrapmate said...

A lovely practical idea that I will bookmark for later use.

new2this said...

This is a really lovely idea .. it makes a slightly "impersonal" gift into something that has obviously been thought about!! Great instructions too. Thank You.

chris said...

So pretty and ideal for any time of the year,thank you for sharing

Chris55 - UKS

Jimjams said...

A beautifully clear tutorial - and very useful at this time of year! Pinning now!!
TFS

Wrightboysmum said...

Lovely little project. It makes gift cards seem special.
Sonja-wrightboysmum(UKS)

Jolene said...

Lovely idea, I am always on the lookout for gift card ideas. Your photos and instructions are really easy to follow. I have also book marked your blog as I love some of the other ideas.

Jo (AKA Jolene on UKS).

KraftyKaren said...

Fab tutorial Fiona - thanks for sharing x

Alison Lewis said...

Theyre pretty may give them a shot :)

Louise said...

I am so going to make one of these pretties....Brilliant idea and great tutorial. Thank you xx

Chidkid said...

That's a wonderful tutorial.. So easy to follow. I am loving the look of your log.., think ill bookmark it ow. Elainevking on UkS

My simple life said...

Great idea :) Much nicer than the ones in shops.

Sian said...

I think this is brilliant! So handy for those gift cards which look a bit insignificant when you buy them. This adds a special touch and makes it easier not to lose them too

gillyb's crafting blog said...

Love the idea of this and a great tutorial. well done

Lindsay Coleman said...

Great idea, love it.

Lindschick

Sandra said...

Oh Fi, this is really fabulous

Lisa said...

Another totally brilliant tute and I really wished I lived nearer to go to the classes you do too :(
<3
Lisa
xx

Amanda Jane said...

A lovely way to make a gift card a bit more special, and perfect for using the whole year round.

sue jones said...

Great tutorial - I need to make a few of theses so will book mark.

kjjc said...

Wow love this. Will deffo be doing some of these. Thanks for sharing.

Miriam said...

These are really pretty Fiona.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Very nice.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

Great tutorial.

Jo said...

Great idea and great tutorial x

Virginia said...

Oh that's a fabulous idea!

Virginia said...

Forgot to mention my UKS name when I popped by the other day

Virginia
AKA - Celtic Angel on UKS

Lisa-Jane said...

I might borrow this and tweak it a bit for some tickets I bought for the four of us. Going to have a look at your other example too. They look wonderful and I love how you can alter them for the occasion.

Mole said...

Very classy. Mole on UKS

Sian said...

I'm so pleased about this project! I've got gift cards as a few presents and I'm SURE you always used to be able to pick a card for them to go in but not now! And this is the perfect solution! Going to give this a go later! Fab - thank you very much! :) Sian (UKS Violaceous)

Jo_annepinc said...

Great idea to personalise what I always feel a bit guilty about giving, thanks for this, JoPink

Tracey Allen said...

What great gift cards. Very simple but effective
rattytatty UKS

BEX said...

That is so effective, and it really makes more of a gift if you know what I mean. Fab! Thank you. UKS scrap3d

Karen said...

Lovely 'crisp and clean' project Fi, and I like the fact it can be used for different occasions :) Kitty Crafts UKS

Yolanda said...

Absolutely fab tutorial, I'll definitely be trying this out

Yolanda said...

Sorry forgot to say I'm Scrappyyo on UKS

hannahk said...

lovely way to personalise a gift card. hannahk