Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Gift Card Holder Tutorial

I posted this card a few days back and said I had a way to turn it into a gift card holder. So here it is. This is the outside. This was done with Made of Snow and Snowfall from PTI.

This is the inside of my card. You can see the gift card peeking out of its holder.

Ok, now for how to make the card. This is only my second tutorial so PLEASE if you see something here that is out of whack, let me know and I will fix it. I tried adding some photos to show you what I was doing. You should be able to click on them to see more detail. Let me know how you like it. Here we go...

You will need:
*a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock for the card base
*a 4 1/4" x 4" piece of cardstock for the gift card slot piece (this is the paper that will be seen on the front of the card bottom)
*any papers/ embellishments you want for your card
*adhesive, craft knife, ruler, 3/16" paper punch (or whatever you have that is close)

Score your base cardstock at 2 3/4" from each end.
If you have a scor-pal, align your cardstock as shown on the 1/4" mark. Then score at 3" and 8 1/2".

Next to make the gift card slot piece, score the 4 1/4" x 4" piece of cardstock at 3". Make sure you are scoring along the 4" side not the 4 1/4" side.

Mark 1" from each side on the score mark. Punch a 3/16" hole centered on each mark and fold on the score line. (If you punch a larger hole the gift card slot will just be deeper.)

Cut along the dotted line as shown below. Really you are just cutting out the paper that is between the holes to make a slot

This is what it should look like when you are done. (If you have a word window type punch this would probably work also. You would just center it along the score line and make sure it is long enough to fit your gift card.)

Now to assemble the card.

First attach the gift card slot portion to the card base. Apply adhesive to one of the card base flap fronts. Adhere the card slot piece (now brown so you can it better against the card base) lining it up at the score line on the card base and allowing the "slot" to overhang the flap.

Apply a length of tape where the base flap and the slot piece come together. (see above) This keeps the gift card from sliding between the wrong flaps. The tape only needs to be a tiny bit longer than the slot itself.

Apply a bit of adhesive to the outer corners only of the slot piece and fold it along the score line, adhering it to the inside of the base flap.

Still with me? Almost done!

Apply adhesive along the edges of the card base flap from the score line to all the way over the card slot piece as shown below. Also apply adhesive along the sides of where they gift card will be held. (See the zig-zag lines below) This will give the gift card a nice snug fit and prevent it from shifting around. Don't use any adhesive except on the edges where marked. The gift card will take up all of the space in between.

Now fold up the flap and adhere it to the card base. Decorate the card however you like, insert your gift card and you are done.

Once you have made your way through my crazy directions you will see that this is super simple and I think it is a great, easy way to give someone a gift card for any occasion. Adjustments to the pocket depth would be easy to allow for the ever popular cash gift as well.

Thanks for hanging in there with my little tutorial. If you try this Gift Card Holder I would love to see it. Leave me a link so I can check it out.


Julie Masse said...

Great job Molly!! What a neat idea - cute little snowman! :)

Allison said...

Beautiful gift card holder. The colours are great.

Rachel said...

this is cute! i'm gonna have to try one. thanks for the tutorial

Lauren (mytime) said...

AWESOME tutorial! You look like a real PRO! Love the card :D

Jennifer Ofiana said...

Wow, beautiful card and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!