Sometimes when I send a card to a friend, especially if we aren’t able to see each other in person, I like to include a small, unexpected gift card for something that I hope will bring a smile to their day. So, inspired by the current Stay Crafty Challenge, I decided to make some cards with easy gift card holders for my stash. Using some fun new products from the 2021 Catalog Collection, I made three cards, each with the same simple gift card holder on the front.
For my first card, I started by making a side-folding card base with Adriatic cardstock. To create a simple gift card holder on the front of the card, I die cut two pieces of Dove White cardstock with two Rectangle Infinity Dies, one 2.75” x 4” panel and one 3” x 4.25” panel. I die cut a semicircle notch along the upper edge of the smaller panel with the 1” Circle Infinity Die. After cutting the notch, I stamped the panel with the new Circular Grid Bold Prints background using Green Hills ink.
Next, I temporarily positioned a gift card on the back of the stamped panel, aligning the panel’s notched edge with one end of the gift card. I applied strips of foam tape to the cardstock along both sides and directly below the gift card to ensure that the gift card will be easy to access. Then, I secured this panel to the center of the larger panel with the foam tape. I secured the completed gift card holder to the card base, centered along the card's upper edge.
I stamped a birthday sentiment from the cute Hoppy Day set onto the card base with Clear Embossing & Watermark ink and then embossed it with white embossing powder. I stamped three lily pads from the Hero Florals Lotus set and an adorable frog from the Hoppy Day set with Intens-ified Black Ink onto white cardstock. I colored the images with colored pencils and then die cut the images with the coordinating Hero Florals Lotus Frame Cuts and the Hoppy Day Frame Cuts. I added more dimension to the frog by die cutting extra shapes and then gluing them together with Precision Glue. I secured all of the images to the gift card holder and then finished the card with a trio of Sunset Enamel Dots.
Using the same design and the same basic supplies, it was very easy to make a few extra cards for different occasions. For my second card, I made a few simple changes. I made the card base with Paradise cardstock and I die cut the back panel of the gift card holder from Adriatic cardstock. I also stamped a lovely script sentiment from the Hero Florals Lotus set onto the card base. And this time, for variety, I stamped the beautiful lotus blossom, also from the Hero Florals Lotus set, for the focal point.
For my final card, I made the card base with Kiwi cardstock, I die cut the back panel of the gift card holder from Adriatic cardstock, and I stamped the Circular Grid Bold Prints pattern with Tide Pool ink. I also embossed a different, but equally punny sentiment, from the Hoppy Day set onto the card. For an entirely different look, I stamped and colored a pair of peaceful yoga frogs and secured them to the gift card holder.
Whether you create a simple gift card holder or something more complicated, I hope that you’re inspired to enter them in the current gift card holder challenge.
We’d love to see the creative ways that you use your supplies to make gift card holders. There’s still plenty of time to join the challenge. Entries can be submitted until Thursday, March 11th at 5:00 pm PT to be eligible for the $50 gift certificate giveaway.
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