Friday, December 12, 2008

Easy Gift Card Holders

It's getting to be that time of year when quick easy gift ideas are I'm doing a little re-run of a project I created last year. It's a classic, simple, super easy little Gift Card Holder and it's one of those projects I use all year long. I thought you might enjoy it too!! You can find my tutorial right HERE! I start with the gift card when deciding which colors and stamps to use. I think it's fun to make it all match :) ! This first one is a gingerbread theme. Here's the inside ~ Here's a gift card I made with the Holiday Lineup stamp set~Instead of adding Eyelets, I just wrapped the Silver Stretch Cord around the finished/closed gift card, tied a knot and secured it under the image piece. Here's a peek at the inside ~As I was reading through my tutorial, I thought of one step that might need to be clarified. When you're finishing your gift card (step #8), you'll close the gift card all the way up, then wrap the cord (or ribbon) around the gift card. The eyeletes (or image piece) just anchor it into place. Also, you'll want to pull the stretch cord just a little bit tight, so there's enough tension to hold the gift card closed, but leave enough slack, so it can be opened too. That part is really easy....just a little tricky to explain.

If you prefer to use ribbon, you can do that too! Your gift card holder becomes a little package that gets untied to reveal the gift :) !! Here's a special treat that would be fun to give AND fun to receive!! I used the Sweet Treats set from Our Craft Lounge :) ~ And here's how it looks when partially opened ~ And all the way open, to reveal a special treat...a yummy Starbucks giftcard! Speaking of yummy, OCL is now carrying some specially packaged assortments of Copic Markers. You can check it out right HERE!And my last gift card idea ... create YOUR OWN customized gift card ~I made a Stampin Up gift certificate, but you could make custom gift cards for any occasion. A "Dinner & Movie" certificate for the hubby. "One free carwash", "Dog wash" or "Babysitting" certificate. A "Mommy & Me Afternoon" certificate for the kids. Lots of possibilities. To make your gift card, just cut a piece of cardstock 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 & use your 3/16" corner rounder to punch all 4 corners. I printed mine on the computer. Here's what the outside of that gift card holder looks like (I used the Holiday Lineup set, again!)~
Whew...this is oneLONG post, but I hope it was helpful. Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you have any questions and HAVE an AWESOME weekend!!
Supplies for the Gingerbread gift card ~ Stamps: Deer Friend (hostess level-2) & Best Yet (hostess level-1) Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Ski Slopes, DP Ink: Chocolate Chip Tools/Accessories: 3/16" corner rounder, Slit Punch, 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, Silver Stretch Cord, Silver Eyelets, Cropadile, Red rick-rack, Sakura clear glaze pen, Spica red glitter pen
Supplies for the Reindeer card ~ Stamps: Holiday Lineup Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Neenah White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Ranger Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Slit punch, Silver Stretch Cord, Copic Markers, Spica Clear & Red glitter pens, Sakura clear glaze pen, Red rick-rack
Supplies for the Sweet Treat card ~ Stamps: Sweet Treats (Our Craft Lounge) Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Neenah White, Sweet Always DP Ink: Ranger Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Slit Punch, 3/16" corner rounder punch, 1/4 & 1/2" circle punches, Nesties circle & oval/scallops with CB, Copic Markers, Spica Pink & Clear glitter pen, Crystal Effects, Dazling Diamonds glitter, Sakura clear glaze pen, Pink Taffeta ribbon
Supplies for the Snowman card ~ Stamps: Holiday Line-up, Merry & Bright Paper: Baja Breeze, Real Red, Neenah White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Ranger Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Slit Punch, 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle Punches, Silver Stretch Cord, Silver Eyelets, Cropadile, Copic Markers, Spica glitter pens, Sakura clear glaze pen


Lisa Foster said...

Nancy these are all fantastic!!! I love how you've made them all to match the gift card itself! Perfect! Thank you so much for the tutorial! It's straight forward and easy to understand (which is a very good thing for me:)

Nancy Riley said...

Look at YOU! You are one busy little elf making all these cute gift card holders! Each one is cuter than the next!

Whimsey said...

Oh my, these are all adorable; great instructions. TFS!!

Tonya said...

I love how these look and I really like the idea of dressing up the gift certificate. I generally give the kids a couple coupons for ice cream dates or choice of dinner and dessert. What a cute way to package them this year!!! Thanks Nancy for the endless supply of wisdom, creativity and friendship!

nancylittrell said...

OMG Nance, these gift cards are absolutely adorable :-) I already made my gift cards with your 4 1/4" sq. design, but will add this tutorial for another great idea.

Easy Fudge (for Meg)

2 cups semi sweet choc chips
1 cup milk choc chips
1, 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Melt ingredients in sauce pan or in microwave (just not boil)

Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Stir until smooth

Pour into foil lined square baking dish. Refrigerate until hardens. Lift out of pan and peel away foil. Cut up and refrigerate or freeze. Satining smooth and deliciously EASY!!!

Leslie Miller said...

I just love that Holiday Lineup stamp set! All your gift card holders are SO cute, Nancy!

Diane said...

LOVE this gift card recipe and all your samples are fantastic. Everyone of them is just adorable. So glad you shared. Merry Christmas!

Dawn Easton said...

Nancy, all of these are fantastic! Gift cards seem to be the way to go these days and having a handmade holder still allows us to share something personal! TFS!

Rizwan said...

Thanks Nancy for the endless supply of wisdom, creativity and friendship!
I like it so much its a good info
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