Ok, if you're like me, there are just some people on your gift list who are just plain hard to buy for. Maybe it's your parents who have accumulated enough "stuff" over their life, they have started to pawn it off on you. Maybe it's a brother or sister who seem independently wealthy enough to buy themselves whatever they want, anytime they want. So we are thankful for gift cards, but not for the tacky envelope they come with...you've got to present them with style, and I hope these idea will provide you with inspiration and style.
This first card was inspired by Lauren Meader's card here. If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend cruising her blog, she is such an incredible artist. It was also made for the Splitcoast Technique Lovers Challenge, to paper piece a gift card. I was way late on making the challenge (not that there's a time limit) but the idea developed in my head and when I finally sat down it came together so quickly!
I started with a white base, cut lengthwise at 4 1/4" to give a top fold. I worked with the diagonal Wintergreen print and layered it on Always Artichoke. The little bag is a facade...there is no back...I really just had in mind a gift card holder. I took a piece of gold paper, that was 3 1/4" x 4". I scored it on one either sides at 2 5/8", 2 7/8" and 3", then on the bottom I scored at 3 1/2" and 4 3/4". No scoring on the top. I cut the "squares" made from the score lines in corners out, and then used my bone folder to make really sharp creases. You make a "W" crease or mountain-valley-mountain on the sides, and then it's pretty simple to figure out from there, knowing that it's only a facade...as in there is no back of the bag. Download template_for_gift_bag_gift_card_holder.JPG
To create the tree, I stamped the tree in basic black on the gold paper (before I scored and cut), and I also stamped it in basic black on a scrap of Wintergreen DP. I cut the tree out of the Designer paper cutting ON the lines, and glued it right onto the tree on the gold paper! So simple..and so fun!
Stamp Sets: Greetings Galore
Ink: Basic Black
Love this set for those masculine cards! Loads of Love is so perfect for the guys on your list, and since they are the majority of my "gift card" recipients, it's perfect for a gift card holder. Carrie Gaskin, a Stampin' Up!Demonstrator in BC, posted the instructions to this card on her blog Artistic Avenger. You will love some of the ideas and artwork on her blog, so do take a minute to check it out.
For this card I used Blue Bayou textured cardstock, and for the image I chose Whisper White, and I layered that on Soft Sky before finally placing it on the card front. I stamped the truck in basic black, and then using a small post-it note placed just below the top line on the bed of the truck, I stamped the tree, so that it appears in the truck. I used my ink refills for Blue Bayou and Wild Wasabi and my basic black watercolour crayon and my Aquapainter to colour in the truck and create the wash on the ground and the sky. I grabbed the snowflake stamp from Wishing You Cheer and stamped the snowflakes in Blue Bayou, and then added some Dazzling Diamonds using my 2-way glue pen.
For the inside I placed a triangle of the polka dot print of Blue Bayou Prints designer paper, and stamped the greeting on Whisper White and adhered it befor putting the card together. Way cute don't you think? I love the way the card just tucks in there! Thanks to Carrie for sharing this great idea!
Stamp Sets: Loads of Love
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds glitter
I must share that I got this next idea from "Stamping with Roxie", another Stampin' Up! demonstrator, in Ontario. She has a tutorial to make the gift card here. The only modification I made was my card was 5 1/2" tall, so my basic template was 5 1/2" x 11". You can't get two from one sheet, but hey, I find lots of uses for scraps so it's no problem with me!
I chose Sidekick Sayings for this gift card, as it is perfect for a long narrow space, and it's also a hostess set that will retire at the end of the month, so I want to make sure I've got all the use I can get out of it. I coloured in the red baubles on the tree with my Real Red marker and then coloured the tree in Old Olive; they are the colours that match the paper scraps at the top and bottom from Dashing! You should all be familiar with Dashing by now...totally my favorite Christmas paper! To make the red baubles stand out I put a dot of Crystal Effects on each one, and some Gold Glitz glitter on the star. Before I adhered the main image I wrapped a length of Real Red Grosgrain ribbon around, and make a note not to cut the ends too short after tying the bow, which is what I did...or you can never re-tie it. Such is life. Here is my version open.All of these cards are on my blog in their respective albums, so go ahead and have a peak. www.scrapnextras.com
I hope this provides you with another idea for your Christmas projects.