Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gift Card Tutorial

With Graduations coming up and Father's Day looming, I thought it would be appropriate as my next tutorial, to show you how I made a gift card holder. These are great to make when you want to give something handmade but just don't have the time or maybe need to use up some scraps.

So let's get started!

Supplies you will need:
  • Adhesive (I used Zip Dry and Glue Dots)
  • Craft Knife (I used the Fiskars finger knife)
  • Cutting mat
  • A straight edge (I used the edge of one of my Fiskars cutting templates... a ruler would work too)
  • Heavy weight cardstock (solid or patterned - your choice)
  • Patterned Paper (something double sided is fun to use)
  • Embellishments
  • Trimmer
  • Score blade
Here we go!!!!!

Here is the finished gift card holder I made:
















You may recognize the flower! It's from my pinwheel flower tutorial. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Alright. Gather up your supplies! For my paper choices, I used Bazzill Cardstock in bluegrass, patterned paper is My Minds Eye Bloom & Grow.
Go ahead and trim your paper! Here are the measurements:
Cardstock - 4 1/4" x 8"
Three pieces of PP - 4 1/4" x 2"; 4 1/4" x 1 1/2"; 4 1/4" x 3/4"

















I love using double sided patterned paper for projects like this!

Okay, now take your cardstock and get ready to score.
You will need to score width wise at 3", 6" and 6 1/4". Check out the photos:





































Now fold it up like this:



















It's time to cut little slits on the inside so that the gift card can be held. This part can get a bit tricky so I'll do my best to show you through photos and words. I found it easier to use a gift card as a measurement device.

















Use a pencil to make little marks about a 1/4" in from the top right corner of the card and the bottom left of the card. These are going to help you know where to trim the slits to hold the card:



















Now you will take your straight edge, craft knife and on the cutting mat, cut from one "marking" to the next to create your slits:





























Now you can put an old gift card (maybe the one you used to measure) and test to see if your slits are wide enough to hold a card properly:



















Hopefully that last photo helped alleviate any confusion that may have occurred during my attempt at explaining how to cut the slits!
Alright! Hard part is over. Now onto the fun part of decorating and embellishing the outside. You can pretty much do anything you want here. I simply layered the papers. Take a look at the following photo's to see what I did.
the 4 1/4" x 1 1/2" PP went on the top flap of the card holder. The 4 1/4" x 2" PP went on the bottom flap and the smaller of the three PP's went on top of the larger PP strips.












































Now take your embellishment, which in my case I used the pinwheel flower. Using a large glue dot, I adhered the flower to the right on the top flap of the holder:

















It's time to add the piece of the holder that will help keep it closed. I used a velcro dot. The easiest way to do this is to stick the velcro pieces together. Place the adhesive side of one of the velcro pieces to the inside of the top flap. Then close the flap to adhere the other velcro piece:









































And here is the final product again:



















Enjoy! I'd love to see any of your own gift card holders that you make using this tutorial. Just leave a comment below to where your photo is showcased.

And don't forget to come back Monday for the new RAK! :)

1 comment:

Ann-Marie said...

You are so talented. There's no way I'd have enough patience to do this. And every single card is so beautiful!