Hey, welcome back! I’ve got a fun way to give gift cards, and an easy tutorial for you. If you need a last minute gift, a gift card may be a great option. My hubby loves going out to eat while he’s at work, so I give him gift cards every Christmas. But I don’t want to just hand him a gift card, I want to make it special! This is also a great way to give concert tickets or gift certificates. Personally I love to shop, so this gift is perfect for me. (Hint, hint, hubby!)
This paper is 8″ x 5″. I scored it at every inch, and then I grabbed one of the gift cards. On the second line from the left, I measured 1/2″ from the top, and drew a pencil line the width of my gift card. On the 4th line I drew a line right in the center. And on the 6th line, my pencil mark is 1/2″ from the bottom. Can you see the marks? Use a paper trimmer or box cutter to cut on those lines.
My card base is cut to 8 3/4″ x 5 1/2″, and scored at 4 1/4″, and 4 1/2″. We have an extra 1/4″ in the middle to hold our gift card insert.
Note: If you are only giving one card, cut your card base to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, and score it at 4 1/4″. The insert will measure 4″ x 5″, and scored vertically at every inch.
I folded the paper like an accordion, and now you can see the slits a little better. Then I turned it over, and added my adhesive. I’m using Be Creative tape, because it’s really strong, and I want this to be durable. I added lots of tape on the end pieces, and strips at the top and bottom of the middle ones where they will stick together. I also added 2 more strips around the slits I cut on the score lines. This helps the gift cards stay in place.
I flipped it back over, and added 2 more strips of adhesive. This is optional, but I wanted to decorate my insert with curling ribbon. I added a strip to either side, and folded the extra behind for a finished look.
We’re ready to add the insert to the card. Remove all the release paper on the Be Creative tape, and press all the folds together. Then press the tabs at either end to the card, centering it between the score lines on the card base. Now we can decorate the front.
I die cut a piece of green cardstock with Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then I used a embossing folder from Darice to add the snowflakes for interest. I added more curling ribbon with Be Creative tape, and folded the extra behind the panel. I attached the panel to the card with tape runner.
The stamp set I’m using is called Tag You’re It by CAS-ual Fridays. Gotta love sassy stamp sets! I stamped it with Pine Needles Distress Ink, and die cut it with Stitched Traditional Tag STAX by My Favorite Things. That die set is retired, but there are lots of other companies with something similar. I love that the stitched detail in the panel is repeated in the tag.
I attached the tag to the card with foam tape, and curled some ribbon for more dimension. The ribbon would flatten in the mail, so you might need to add a ribbon bow like I did here, or add a sticker instead. All of the gift cards are displayed when you open the card, and they don’t fall out!
This card is also great for a birthday. How about clothing gift cards, manicure gift certificate, and gift card for your favorite restaurant? You can give a whole day of fun! Who do you know who would love this? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!