Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Packaging

A Shaker Gift Card Holder

Carissa Wiley has a wonderful new video tutorial, creating a shaker card gift holder with the Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box die! 

Shaker Gift Card Holders using Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box Die

Hi everyone! Welcome back. I’m glad you’re here. It’s Carissa Wiley here with you today for another edition of the EllenHutson.com Newsletter. Today I’m sharing some fun projects featuring the Essentials By Ellen Parcel Box Die. This die is so much fun. It’s the perfect size for wrapping up a gift card or some cash. Today, I’ll be showing how I used it on a card front to create a shaker, gift card holding card, perfect for the holidays or year round.  

Shaker Gift Card Holders using Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box Die

Just to show you exactly how versatile this design is, I decided to show both a holiday version and a birthday version. You’ll see I had to change very little to make this work for another occasion. Remember, as you browse the blog for inspiration, a quick change of images and colors can take a birthday card and make it a thank you card…or a Christmas card a birthday card.

Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box die cut holding Starbucks gift card

I love that this design allows the parcel box to be featured on the card front, but the recipient doesn’t have to pull the card apart to get to the gift card inside the box. I’ll show you exactly how I made this happen in today’s video tutorial. This card can be opened and closed multiple times…and nothing has to be torn or removed to make it work.

Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box die cut holding Starbucks gift card

I’m a sucker for a shaker…I’m pretty sure it’s because there are so many sparkly things inside…so I decided to add a shaker element on the front of my parcel box as well. Never fear! This shaker element won’t impede the opening and closing of the box. The secret is to adhere just the lower (or upper) portion to one flap on the parcel box. Once opened, the shaker element stays secure in place on the flap of the box…and still allows you to open and close the box.

Christmas themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker

For the Christmas version of this card, I used accessories from the brand new Leading Lady Holiday Shopper Lady stamp set, as well as a small bow image from the Ugly Sweater Accessories stamp set. I used the coordinating dies for both of these stamp sets to die cut my images.

Birthday themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker

For the birthday version of this card, I used the balloon from the Leading Lady Party Lady. This is THE perfect balloon. It would be fun to cover these in glossy accents as well to add some shine and dimension to the balloons!

Close up of Christmas themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker

I used the Block Words Die set to create a knock out Happy tag for both of my cards. I chose this word because I really think it works for both Christmas (happy Christmas) and birthday (happy birthday). This allows me to use the same die for holiday cards and everyday cards.

Close up of birthday themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker

I added some patterned paper accents to both cards. These patterned papers are both from the My Favorite Things Candy Land 6×6 patterned paper pad. While they’re generally Christmas themed, I was able to find a patterned paper that works for the birthday card I created.

Christmas themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker card

I also used the same Snowfall background stamp to add texture to both card fronts. Snow is a lot like confetti. 😉 Look in your stash, you’re likely to have something that’s seasonal that you can use at any time of the year. Likewise, you may have something that seems more everyday that can be tweaked for the holidays.

Birthday themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker card

I’ve adhered these parcel boxes on the front of a card. You could do this same thing on a gift bag, a tag, or even on the top of a larger box. Or assemble the parcel box and give it on its own! They’re all great options.

So there you have it….a couple ideas for the Essentials By Ellen Parcel Box Die. I hope these ideas inspire you to dig out your Parcel Box (or order one right away) and get creating for the holidays and all year through.

Christmas and birthday themed Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box shaker  cards

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. Don’t forget to check out the video tutorial, I’ll walk you through the creation of these cards. Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!

XOXO Carissa

P.S. Don’t have the Essentials by Ellen Parcel Box die in your crafty stash yet? Well now is the perfect time to treat yourself because we are having a die sale…

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