Video: How to make a 2-in-1 Gift Card Holder and Valentine
Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Hot Foil, Packaging, Stamping

Video: How to make a 2-in-1 Gift Card Holder and Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, and it’s time to spread some love! Angela’s got two projects to share that feature the Happy Mail Die Set, a true essential that works perfectly for handmade gifting all year round!

When was the last time you sent Valentine’s notes? If it was in elementary school (or at some other time long, long ago), I’m here to tell you that this is the year to change that! The Happy Mail Die Set was introduced in November as part of the Essentials by Ellen holiday release, but it also works perfectly for other gift giving occasions.

Video: How to make a 2-in-1 Gift Card Holder and Valentine

In today’s video, I’ll show you two ways to dress it up for Valentine’s Day with the new Valentine Mailbox Hot Foil Stamps, and how to make coordinating cards to tuck inside.


  1. Before getting started, be sure to check out the video to see how the Happy Mail die works. This is important for ensuring that your foiled sentiments are the right way up on both sides (if you choose to add two). You’ll also see why it’s important to insert your gift card, valentine, or note card before sealing up the edges of the gift card holder.
  2. You may find it helpful to do the foiling part of these projects first. This way, if you end up over-foiling or having a foiling mishap, you don’t have to re-do any stamped decorative work on the mailbox die cuts.
  3. If you (like me) use Post-it tape or other temporary adhesive to hold your hot foil stamps in place while foiling, you may find that there’s a little bit of sticky residue left behind. Not to worry – this can easily be removed with a sand eraser.
  4. If you prefer to use cardstock stripes rather than stamped ones, cardstock options that closely match the palette of inks I used are Concord & 9th Ballet Slipper, Honeysuckle, Cranberry, Aqua Sky and Peacock.
  5. Mini brads can be used as a decorative touch on the mailbox die to create a knob/handle. Just be sure to insert the brad before you seal up the edges of the mailbox!

I hope these 2 projects leave you feeling inspired to send a little handmade love to your valentine, galentines, or anyone else who could use a little surprise. Until next time, happy crafting!

– Angela


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