Thursday, July 27, 2017

Making Gift Cards Extra-Special

Hi Stampers,

With gift cards becoming more & more popular for every occasion, wouldn't it be great to have a special way to present them?  Here's a pop-up gift card holder that you can make with a half-sheet of cardstock and your favorite designer papers!

This gift card holder features a matchbook style closure!

The gift card slides up from the bottom pocket as you open the top cover.

 The card base is a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4-1/4" x 11" (1/2 sheet).  Score at 2", 7-1/4" & 7-3/8".  The insert is Whisper White cut at 3-3/4" x 6-1/2".  Score at 1-3/4" & 6".  Fold on all scorelines.  Use the Envelope Punch Board to cut the notches as shown here.

 Stamp "to & from" using Cherry Cobbler ink on the insert as shown.  I used the Oh, What Fun stamp set for all the stamping on this project.  Place double-sided tape adhesive as shown here.

Stamp "oh what fun" as shown.  Punch 2 circles from Garden Green cardstock.  Score & fold them in the center and use them to secure the sides of the insert.  Use a strong adhesive for this - Tear & Tape or Glue Dots.  This forms the pocket to hold the gift card.  Align the insert with the top score line on the card base and remove the backing from the tape.  Fold the top of the card base down and press firmly.

The decorated front panels are cut from Garden Green cardstock, 3" x 4" (top) and 1-3/4" x 4" (bottom).  The Be Merry Designer Series Paper is 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" (top) and 1-1/2" x 3-3/4" (bottom).  Two circles punched from Cherry Cobbler cardstock secure the bottom half of the gift card holder.

"Happy Christmas" is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  It's die-cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits and layered on a scalloped oval cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Adhere it to the front of the gift card holder using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The 1/8" Gold Ribbon is attached with a Glue Dot.

Here's a birthday version made with retired Stampin' Up products.  Let your imagination go wild!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shake, Shake, Shake! It's Party Time!

Hi Friends,

I have a fun card to show you today.  It's a shaker card that's easy to mail!  If you've ever made one of these, you know they can be a bit bulky - well, this is a no-bulk version.  Foil Frenzy designer paper and bright, bright colors make it festive as can be!

The Iridescent sequins are the star of the show here.  I chose the colors for the rest of the card to work with them!  The colors you see here are Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst.

The card front is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Foil Frenzy DSP.  The square window is die-cut using the 2-5/8" die from the Layering Squares Framelits.  On the back, you'll place 1/4" double-sided tape adhesive all the way around the window opening.  You'll want to be very careful that the tape meets in all four corners to create a tight seal so that none of your sequins can escape!  Next, you'll need 2 pieces of 3-1/4" square window sheet.  Peel the backing from the tape and attach one of the window sheets over the opening.

Now comes the fun part - choosing how to fill your shaker card!  I used the new Iridescent Sequin Assortment and added a few stars from a Metallic Sequin Assortment (retired).  You could also use mica flakes, or some small shapes punched from cardstock, or any combination of the above. Whatever you choose, you'll want to place them in the center of the window.  Because of the construction on this card, there is not a lot of movement to the sequins.  (Which is a good thing - they won't all fall to the bottom of the window!)  When you're satisfied with the elements you've chosen for your card, attach the second window sheet to seal them in.  Remember, your double-sided tape must meet in all 4 corners.

Back to the card front, the window frame is cut from Pool Party cardstock using the largest scalloped square in the Layering Squares Framelits.  The inside is cut using the same 2-5/8" square die that you used for the card front.  Attach it using a 1/8" piece of double-sided tape (cut Tear & Tape adhesive in half lengthwise).  Now you're ready to adhere the card front to the Peekaboo Peach card base.  

The 3 balloons are stamped with Berry Burst, Pool Party & Lemon Lime Twist inks on cardstock of the same colors.  Punch them out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch (or fussy-cut) and adhere them to the cardfront using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Happy Birthday Thinlit is a perfect die to use with the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  Cut a piece large enough to cover the back of the Berry Burst cardstock you'll be using.  Peel the backing from the adhesive sheet and attach it to the cardstock then run it through the Big Shot as you normally would.  You'll want to run it back & forth a couple of times to be sure the die cuts all the way through the double thickness.  Peel the paper backing from the die-cut piece and adhere it to the card front.  No glue mess!

The inside of the card is festive too!

This card is so much fun, I had to make more than one.  This version uses Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay.  The "Happy Birthday" is 2 die-cuts layered together.

These cards make me smile!  I hope you like them.

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