Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen, Packaging

DIY Gift Card Holder & An Essentials by Ellen Sneak Peek

We are delighted to welcome our talented friend Amy Young back to the blog today, with a really fun tutorial for creating a DIY Gift Card Holder! 

Hello! I’m completely honored to have been asked back as a guest for this month’s Leading Ladies release. I have so much fun creating with these sassy stamps and they really do make the perfect cards for all of my gal pals. Now normally my creative focus is primarily all about the coloring and creating stories with my stamps but when I was told that the focus for this release would be “Getting Ahead on the Holidays” something else that everyone close to me knows to be true came to mind… I do not like wrapping presents. Yep, it’s true. A present from me is either going to come in a gift bag or it will be a handy dandy gift card. That doesn’t mean that the gift card can’t come in some super cute and personalized packaging, which brings us to my tutorial today.

First I cut a sheet of Copic X-Press It card stock to 4.5″x11″ inches and stamped Holiday Shopper onto it using the masking technique to include the coordinating accessory stamps like the wrapping paper, tape and Santa hat as well as a few extras from the Ugly Sweater add on set to make her sweater extra festive. You would also stamp any sentiments you want to include on there as well. For this particular card I wanted something very personalized so I used my computer to generate the sentiments. Once that is complete and I had Holiday Shopper colored to my satisfaction, I used my score board to score lines at the 2.75″, 5.5″ and 8.25″ marks.

Scoring cardstock to create DIY Gift Card Holder

Next I added a line of adhesive along the outside edges of one of the inner panels and folded the sheet of card stock in half along the score line. I then grabbed an oval shaped die and just used one of its long sides to cut out a pocket along the fold line.  

Folded DIY Gift Card with oval opening

I then cut a piece of kraft card stock to 4.75″x5.75″ and scored it down the center to create the cover for my card holder. To jazz it up a bit I used the new Snowfall Backdrop die so it looks like falling snow once the white insert is glued inside.

DIY Gift Card Holder cover
DIY Gift Card Holder adhered to cover

To keep the gift card holder closed, with no fear of the actual gift card falling out and getting lost, I cut a strip of red card stock to 1.25″x 7.25″ inches and folded it around my card to create a belt that slides on and off. I also grabbed the Avery Elle Wonky Circle Frame dies and used the medium sized circle to cut a gold frame and white center to help decorate the belt and the front of the card.

Supplies to create band for DIY Gift Card Holder

I stamped presents from the Holiday Shopper Lady set onto the white card stock circle and again I used some of the Ugly Sweater add on accessory stamps to add patterns to the wrapping paper. I love how this ties directly back to the cheeky message on the inside of the card.

Front view of DIY Gift Card Holder

And just like that my fun and sassy gift card holder is complete. The real challenge comes in finding the perfect gift card to go inside… but at least I didn’t have to wrap a present, LOL!

Inside view of DIY Gift Card Holder
Inside view of DIY Gift Card Holder


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  • Reply memalagene October 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Awesome card design for a gift card holder!

  • Reply susie sonnier October 29, 2018 at 4:55 am

    hahaha love it

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