Sunday, December 15, 2013

Top Note Die Gift Card Holder

Hi, everyone.  How is your holiday "to do" list coming along?  I took a chunk out of mine yesterday by making 16 gift card holders!  Since I've not posted a lot here lately, I hope I can make it up to you a little with a tutorial.  First, a few "housekeeping" matters:

1)  This is NOT my original idea.  The nuts and bolts of this card are by the awesome Ann Clemmer and her trusty sidekick - Stamper Dog.  The original video tutorial is here.  Thank you so much to Ann for sharing her talent!

2)  I'm including my own little quick tutorial because I like to have things in writing.  Plus, I did slightly change the opening for the gift card (she didn't have this available at the time of her video).

3)  This tutorial is NOT pretty.  I apologize.  It was a gloomy, rainy day so the lighting was off.  I have to admit my first priority was just getting all 16 cards done.  The pictures were quickly taken in the middle of the mess creative process.

Here we go:

1.  Start with a piece of card stock measuring 5-1/2 x 11 inches.  Score at 3-3/4, 5-1/2 and 7-1/4 inches. (The lines are straight...the picture is crooked.  Told you this isn't pretty.  Ha!)

2.  Fold in half on the 5-1/2 inch score line.

3.  Fold on the other two score lines in the opposite direction.

4.  Your card will look like this once you've folded all score lines.
5.  Next, place the folded card on the Top Note Die as shown below.  You may need to zoom in to see better, but the folded edges are just below the perforated edge of the design.  You don't want to cut the folded edges.

6.  Okay, I'm airing my dirty laundry with this picture.  Look at my cutting's well worn but it still works!  Plus, there's something sticky on the framelit from a previous project, but I didn't notice until after the picture.  (I could have Photoshop'd it out but that didn't seem honest. Ha!) 

Anyway, I used this framelit from the Chalk Talk Framelits to create the opening for the gift card.  Notice how the edge of the paper is lined up with the angles of the framelit.  This worked perfectly for the gift cards I'm giving (Chick-Fil-A, iTunes, Pier One).  If your card doesn't fit, snip the folds slightly on either end of the opening.

You're cutting through two layers of card stock, so your framelit will bend slightly.  Since I was making so many, I just alternated the sides I used.  Mine held up fine.  I also used a sticky note to hold the folded card stock to the cutting mat.

7.  The white strips in the picture below show where to place your Sticky Strip.  Fold the card closed to seal.

8.  Next place Sticky Strip all over the back of the gift card holder.  Add a piece of ribbon to wrap around to the front.  I used 24 inches, but 18 inches should be enough.

 9.  Decorate card base and gift card holder front.  Adhere together.

Here's another pic of the outside:

This is what mine looks like inside:

Here's everything I used:


Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     5-1/2x11 Gift Card Holder
     4x5-1/4 Large Layer
Old Olive Card Stock
     4-1/4x5-1/2 Card Base
     1-3/4x5-1/2 Strip Across the Front of the Gift Card Holder
         (I used a wider strip because that was easier for me to line up on the Top Note Die.)
Season of Style DSP
     3-3/4x5 Polka Dot Layer
Silver Glimmer Paper
     4x4 Larger Snowflake
     2-1/2x2-1/2 Medium Snowflake
     2x2 Small Snowflake

White Gel Pen

Top Note Die
Snow Flurry Bigz Die  On the Clearance Rack for $13.19!!!
Snow Burst Embossing Folder (Retired)
Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Sticky Strip
Mini Glue Dots

Hope this tutorial was helpful and provided some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! 

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  1. This is gorgeous Beth!! I love it!

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