Monday, December 12, 2011

Gift card holder tutorial

I had a couple of card/gift card holders to make for Christmas, and I thought I'd do my first tutorial.  I'm sure someone else somewhere has come up with this idea, but I've not seen this layout before.

So I made both of these with one 12" x 12" sheet of Kraft cardstock, and just a scrap of patterned paper.

STEP 1: Cut an 8" x 8" square from your sheet of cardstock.

STEP 2: Make a 4" cut, 3 " from one side (centre to edge), then turn your square 180 degrees and repeat (your two cuts should make your square look like an 'S'. 

STEP 3: Make a 2" cut to join your previous cuts (you will now have two identical pieces).  Set one aside.

STEP 4: With the long side at the top, score 4" along (this is half way) the top section, and score 2" up from the bottom section (this flap will become your gift card holder).

STEP 5: Carefully trim off approximately 1/16" from the gift card holder flap - on the side that is closest to the centre, and pre-fold. 

STEP 6: From the remaining cardstock trim 2x 2" x 4" pieces, then trim off 1/16" from the short side of each piece, and set aside.

STEP 7: Also from the remaining cardstock trim 2x 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces, then, using a pencil, draw a guide line 1/4" in from each edge - our design will be worked inside this guide.  Set one piece aside.

STEP 8: Using a 4 1/2" x 3 1/2 " piece, stamp your design.

STEP 9: Trim out 2x 4" x 1 1/4" of patterned paper (set one aside).  Ink the edges in matching ink to cover over the white cut marks.

STEP 10: Adhere the patterned paper over your stamped image, inside the guide lines.

STEP 11: Set up your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch - don't be afraid to test stitch on scrap paper to get your stitch size just the way you want it.

STEP 12: Line up the right hand side of your zig-zag to stitch along your guideline.

STEP 13: Sew all around your guideline.

STEP 14: Your stitching line will have created perforations, which you can use to gently remove your 1/4" guideline section.
STEP 15: Attach some ribbon over the join of your scrap paper and tuck it around and under the sides.

STEP 16: Stamp your feature elements on your remaining scrap cardstock - trim them out and add some colour.

STEP 17: Attach your elements to your decorated front piece using glue dots for a little bit of dimension, and add some rhinestones or other elements to finish.  Set aside.

STEP 18: Take your 2" x 4" which you trimmed 1/16" from.  Stamp a design and ink your edges.  Add any extra elements to finish.

STEP 19: Place your L shaped base piece like this.

STEP 20: Attach your decorated pieces like this (remember to attach your inner flap upside down so it will be the right way up when you fold it to the inside).

STEP 21: Turn over, and add some double sided tape to the edges of your flap only.

STEP 22: Fold up your flap and ensure the edges are attached well before inserting your gift card.

STEP 23: Make up your other gift card.  I used ric rac on my second one.

So there you go.  Thanks for visiting :)


1x 12" x 12" Kraft cardstock
Scrap Kaisercraft Paper (Sakura Park)
Kaisercraft 'Silly Season' stamps
Kaisercraft Rhinestones
Black Archival Ink
Frost White Color Box Ink
Derwent Coloursoft Pencils


Jenny said...

Wow Fee... these are fabulous... love your step by step pics and tutorial... they are just beautiful... and add such a nice touch to the giving of gift cards...

Jenny x

Rebecca said...

That is really clever! I really like the designs you've used.

shirley said...

Fab idea Fee!
Love the step by step tutorial.
Shame I don't know how to use my sewing machine :(