Thursday, July 14

It's all about the packaging

It's Thursday and it mean it's time for another challenge for The Outlawz POM challenge group. This week we are challenging you to create a gift card holder.
I have a couple of samples to share with you.
Here in the U.S. you will see a lot of Christmas in July themes so my first gift card holder has a Holiday Theme.
As you can see I kept the front fairly plain so it could be used for a masculine or feminine gift. The sentiment is from a retired SU set called Riveting. I found the ribbon buried in my ribbon drawer and used it to create a bellyband to keep the gift card holder closed. The papers are all from my scraps. I believe the pattern paper is from Basic Greys Jovial pack.
Lets take a peek at the inside.

I couldn't find a gift card in my house so you are stuck looking at my BP rewardcard! lol! If you like using up your scrap paper then you will love the size of's 6 1/4 x 4. I scored the paper at 1 1/2 and at 4 inches. It's nothing fancy and really easy to make but I think it would make a nice gift for any occasion. If you wanted to, instead of using a ribbon for a bellyband you could make one out of paper.

Believe it or not my next gift card holder was also very easy to make. Istn't this cute?!!

Lets take a look at it opened up and then I will explain to you how I made it.

Are you ready for this? I used two circles and two 5 1/2 x 2 inch strips of paper to make this. I cut out the circles using the smallest of the Spellbinders Grand Circle dies. I lined the edge of the circles up on my paper cutter at 3 inches and cut the bottom off. The bottom corners of the strips of paper were cut off at an angle. Now to add the flowers I used a fun technique that I call inking your embossing folder. Now you can ink either side of the embossing folder, place your paper on the ink and run it through your cuttlebug or like machine. You will get a different look depending on which side of the folder you ink. The folder I used is Sizzix Petals a Plenty and I inked the raised side of the embossing folder which gave me the look above. Now had I inked the other side the flowers would not have ink on them but the rest of the paper would. Give it a try so you can see the difference yourself! I only embossed the flowers on 1 or the circles and 1 of the strips so the backside is plain. If you wanted to you could emboss both sides. I also wanted the embossing to be very subtle without much depth so ran both the circle and strip through my cuttlebug to flatten the embossing a bit.

Now to assemble it I took the un-embossed circle and glued it to the un-embossed strip of paper. Now take the embossed strip and add score tape to the back along the bottom and sides an stick on top of strip with the circle glued to it. This creates your pocket. Next line up the embossed circle on top of the plain circle making sure that it is also tucked in the pocket and attach all layers with a brad off to the side. I covered up my brad with the felt flowers. I also added a bit of lace before I added the brad.
I added a white circle behind the gift card so I could include a handwritten note but you wouldn't necessarily need to do that.

Be sure to check out the my fellow DT gals to see their awesome gift card holders. They are all quite different and all are fabulous!

I hope you will play along with us this week. If you do, make sure you follow the steps to submit your creation to be eligible for the prizes we are giving away! All the details for submitting can be found in the current challenge discussion in POM challenge group.

I am submitting these to the following challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenge - anything goes

Creative Craft Challenge - Pretty Blossoms

KB Cute Monday - Something Cute

Make it Monday - anything goes

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy your Thursday!!


Sara I. said...

What fabulous projects!!!

Chrissy said...

WOW!! So simple but so very effective, great job.

Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’


Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

Sheree said...

Both of these gift card holders are fabulous! I love Christmas any time of the year! What a neat idea turning a cap into a holder!

Dana said...

I love them both Sharri! Thanks for including all the info on how you did the circle! I love how your inked embossing folder turned out!

Lisa Jane said...

oh these are fabulous .. i love the circular one
Thanks for linking up to Make it Monday
Lisa x

laney said...

Fabulous gift card holders!! great idea's
Thanks for joining us this time at Bearlymine would love to see you next time too