Saturday, December 13, 2008

On the Second Day of Christmas...

... my CTMH consultant gave to me: A fun Gift Card Holder template!

I "lifted" and modified this idea from a Pier One gift card carrier from last year. It looks like a simple card, but when you open it up, the gift card is held right there!


With Band removed:

White Daisy Textured Cardstock, Juniper Cardstock, Perfect Day Paper (Juniper print B&T)
Stamp Sets: December Word Puzzle, Chocolate Large Alphabet, Jingle Boarders, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
Ink: Juniper, Tulip, Grey Wool (marker)
Extras: Sparkles, 3D Foam Squares

Base: 10 1/2" x 4" White Daisy textured cardstock
Bottom: 4 3/4" x 4" Juniper Cardstock
B&T paper for front: 4" x 3 1/4" Juniper B&T
Title piece for front: 4" x 2" White Daisy textured cardstock

Band: 8 1/2 x 3/4" White Daisy textured cardstock

Ornament: 1 1/2" x 2" carstock

Bear with me- this could get a little tricky!

For the base, take a 12"x4" piece of white daisy textured cardstock and score along the following: 11 1/4", 10 3/4", 8 1/2", 5 1/4". Cut at 1 1/2". See below (Measurements on top are for each piece, measurements along the bottom are total lengths to make it easier to score in your paper cutter):

Fold A below B; C down to touch inside of B. D will fold out (eventually be the piece that holds the gift card), and E down (which will later attach to the bottom). Also, cut a slit down the middle of piece D to hold the card. I go about 1/2" from the edge, and then put a small piece of tape on either side to add a little more stability. You may have to work with this to make sure the card fits snuggly, as you do not want it to fall out or rip!

For the bottom piece, take your 4 3/4" x 4" Juniper Cardstock and score 1 1/2" inches in.

Cut a notch (1/2" x 2 1/2") in piece F. Fold F up. G will eventually attach to the top of A.

*Please note the Gift Card is not labled, but this just shows you where it will go*

Try piecing the holder together so you can see which piece goes where. I suggest stamping before gluing the final piece!

Attach the Juniper B&T to the front of B. Stamp JOY on the additional title piece of Cardstock, using the ornament stamp for the O. Cut around the bottom to follow the shape of the letters. Ink around the edges and adhere to front of B&T. Stamp the inside (C) with Jingle Boarders in Juniper Ink. Stamp the same pattern on F (tone on tone). Stamp holly berries along G (so that you will see it when the card is closed), and stamp images and sentiment on G for the inside. For an added touch, flip over holder and stamp the small "Joy" in a circle from the December Word Puzzle on the back of the holder (A).

Onto Gluing! Adhere the back of C to B. Adhere G to A, lining up the bottom edge. Now the tricky part- I always make sure my creases are nice and clean and try opening and closing the card before actually gluing this last part. Fold F down (to touch G like the card is closed). D will fold upward (touching C), E will fold downward, touching F.Put adhesive on E. Fold the card closed, so that E will touch F flat, and hold closed so the two will hold together. (I hope I have not lost you yet)!
To make the band, wrap the 8 1/2 x 3/4" White Daisy textured cardstock around the closed card holder. Glue ends together to create the band. Stamp the same ornament used for JOY on the scrap cardstock in Tulip; cut out. Slide the band around the holder, and using a 3D foam square, attach the ornament to the band in the same place as the juniper one on the front. Accent with small sparkles.
Slide a gift card into the holder (D), taking care not to rip the sides. Open and close a few times to test. Now sit back and admire your hard work!

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