Friday, November 19, 2010

Innovative Stamp Creations -- Celebrates Gift Giving

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Now to today's post from
 Innovative Stamp Creations

Betsy gave the Creative Architects a challenge.  She wanted us to use any of ISC's Christmas images/sentiments to create a gift card holder.  Now as many of you know, there are all sorts of gift card holders out there.  I decided to make one that I find fairly simple.  This is a picture of the front of my holder.
Now I will give you some basic instructions on how to do this.  This is not anything I invented or devised, so thanks to whoever I may have gotten my original inspiration from.

First you must cut a piece of cardstock to the dimensions of 12 X 5.  Then using a scoring tool, score the short side at 1.5, 4,5, 6, 7.5, 10.5.  You will then cut one of the 1.5 ends off.  It will look like this when you are done this step.
You will now turn over and place red sticky tape very close to the side edges of the valley fold and at the inside edges of the valley peaks.  Unfortunately I don't think you can see my tape since I was using red cardstock.  DO NOT put tape down at the 'bottom of the valley".  When turned over this will be where your gift card will be inserted after some other step.

Now peel the backing off the tapes and pinch one side to the other so that when finished and turned over, it looks like this.

You will notice that mine had some punch marks.  This is what you must do to provide an opening for the gift card.  I used an oval punch and made a fancy border.  You could use Nesties....really anything you want, even plain ole' scissors........Now your basic gift card holder is complete and you can decorate it at will.  I punched the corners of the flap (the 1.5 inch section left).

Now you can decorate it as much or little as you want.  This is what mine looks like inside from a couple of angles.  I apologize for the white velcro...that's all I had....but I would replace it with a magnetic closure or a cream colored velcro when using it.

Decorate your covers both front and back.  My front you already saw.....and here is my flap side.

Then the last step is to place your gift card inside and close it all up.

Hope this helped you get some idea on how to make a gift card holder.  I am sure that you can find a much better tutorial on SCS, but not everyone is registered there, so this will give you the basic idea. you will want to visit the blogs of the other Architects to see what they created.  Theirs were posted yesterday, but mine was postponed a day because I already had two other blog posts for Thursday.  Here are the links to their blogs.  You might have to go down a post or two.

ISC blog
Joanne (me!)

Have a fabulous day!!!!


Roxie said...

This looks like a great project and if I need a card holder I know where to come this year, very impressive design.

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, now THAT is a super cool project, Joanne!! How very clever :) And I love your design and colors, too.

Judy Rozema said...

WOW! That is so incredibly cool! LOVE the design and the colors (of course!). Thanks for the tutorial too!! I am always looking for fun GC holders~

Carolyn King said...

that is awesome. I have never made one of these but they are amazing---this one is fantastic!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

I must agree that this is a cool gift card holder, and I really like how beautifully you decorated the inside as well as the outside. Great job with your tutorial, teach!

Cindi said...

wow, what a cool gift idea!!! great project

Shirley said...

Wow, a beautiful gift card. Love your colors.

StampOwl said...

awesome Joanne, who wouldn't love receiving that

Traci M said...

Maybe easy for you...great tutorial, Joanne, and I may try it. I haven't figured out a single Christmas gift yet.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful stuff!!

Our Little Inspirations said...

This is beautifully adorned and embellished! I can't imagine a better way to present a gift card!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful, very beautiful.

Benzi said...

What a great gift card holder, Joanne! Thanks for the instructions. I love the outside of yours.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

This is fabulous, Joanne! I kept waiting for your instructions, then missed them. Great colors and I love how you did it.