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gift card holder

Every year I look around for new ways to package gift cards for the holidays.  Gift cards are frequently used by me for my nieces and nephews and I like wrapping them in more than just a plain envelope. 

When I saw the uber talented Becca Feeken’s gift card holder she did for Our Daily Bread Stamps I knew it would be my go to technique this year – and probably many more years!  The video of how she made this is HERE.

Here is my take…

The gift card holder is actually two pieces.  The pocket or “envelope” is one piece and the actual gift card holder is another.  This is the pocket with the gift card holder tucked inside.  I used paper from SEI Winter Song and edged the diagonal folds with thin satin ribbon.  The snowflake and red flower are both Martha Stewart punches.  You can’t tell from the photo but the snowflake is covered with pretty glitter.  The red brad is from My Minds Eye.   I wrapped some diy bakers twine around just for looks.

Here is the piece that contains the actual gift card.

The image is from Papertrey and was stamped on Cranes Lettra Paper in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink and cut using a nestabilites die. The ribbon is seam binding (love this stuff!!)  I edged the label with memento blue ink.

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punches and dies and stamps, oh my!

A little bit of everything went in to the making of this card and/or gift card holder.  One Sizzix die cut and one embossing folder, one spellbinders label die, two martha stewart punches, stamps,  digital paper, ribbon and pearls!  And I still consider this clean and simple – go figure!

The base is a tri-fold card using the Sizzix “Ornate Tri Fold Card” die.  This die is so versatile because it can be used as a card, a gift card holder, or for an invitation.  It was cut using DCWV green textured paper of which the top “ornate” piece was embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  I took a piece of blue cardstock and used the same die cut – but just the top portion – to have a mat – here is a close up of the embossed section and blue mat.

The patterned paper is a digital freebie I received from Design House digital.  I  usually have bad luck with digital papers because the colors never look right, but this one printed out perfect!  The snowflakes are Martha Stewart punches – embellished with a pearl.  The turquoise grosgrain ribbon is SU and the ribbon just slides off to open the card.

The sentiment is from Flourishes, stamped in Memento Bahama Blue and cut using a Spellbinders label die.

Here is a look at how the card opens up.  See that extra blue piece at the end of the patterned paper?  That was a leftover piece from when I cut out the blue mat and decided to use it to finish off this section.

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Easy backgrounds for clean and simple friday

This card is for today’s clean and simple blog layout sketch – and what is even better is that I had the background already done and set aside!

Years ago I received a bunch of different colored metallic papers as part of a kit club that I had joined.  I don’t use metallic often and I gave much of it away, but kept this piece that ended up being a perfect match for SU’s apricot ink! 

Not too long ago I was playing around with the PTI set Tin Types.  I did not have a card in mind, just stamping the background images on white cardstock in different ink colors, figuring I would eventually use them.  This is a great way to play around with your background images and gives you some ready made pieces when you need a quick card. 

I found this background that I had stamped in apricot and paired it up with the metallic paper and I was halfway finished.  Lucky for me I had just enough of the metallic paper to make the strip across the bottom (punched with a Martha Stewart punch) and for a flower (fiskars punch).

The sentiment is one of the $1 stamps from Michaels – chosen because the font had a nice handwritten feel to it.

All that was needed to finish the card was a white button for the center of the flower!  I like the light and airy feel to this and think it is perfect for a summer birthday.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Feel free to check out the other cards on the Clean and Simple Blog linked here.