Monday, May 21, 2012

Box Gift Card Holder

It's so easy to give gift cards now, instead of "real" gifts.  I like how easy it is, but it seems so impersonal at times.  That's why it's so fun to make a cute card or gift card holder for your gift card.  It expresses more "you" and it's much more fun.

One of the projects we're making this month in card class is a gift card holder designed by my friend, Tina Sutton.  Here's what it looks like closed:

Pull off the it is open.  Such a cute surprise!

I used the Typeset paper pack.  Great for Father's Day or graduation.

The alphabet trim on the box is the extra 1/2" strip at the top of the paper pack.  Did you know you could use this "scrap" on your cards and projects?  So clever, those Close To My Heart people!!

On Saturday I went to my friends'  50th wedding anniversary party.  We gave them a gift card and I made the same box, but with the retired Miracle paper pack.

I think it turned out nicely.  I used the stickers to decorate the outside and top of the box, since the Miracle paper is much plainer than the Typeset paper.

Here's the inside:

To make the box, you just take a 12x12 piece of card stock and score it at 4 3/4" and 7 1/4".  Rotate it 90 degrees and score the other way.  Cut away the four corners, leaving a cross.

Cut 8 mats to decorate the outsides of the cross - 2 1/4" x 4 1/2".  Your choice of papers.

The inside card holder is a 6 1/2" x 3 3/4".  Score the long side, at 2 1/4" and 4 1/2".

Fold on the 2 1/4" and 4 1/2" score lines to make a pocket and seal the long edge (leaving the top and bottom open).  Trim the corners off at the diagonal (see black template below).  Flip open the bottom "stand" and adhere to the inside of the box.  Insert gift card.  (Wouldn't a Studio J gift card from your favorite Close To My Heart consultant be a great gift??)  (smile)

The top of the box is just a 4" square scored at 11/16" on all 4 sides. Fold on score marks.  Cut ONCE on each side.  Put adhesive on the tab, secure it under the adjacent side to form a box top.

It took me longer to write this blog post with the instructions than it would have to have made the actual box!

Have fun creating!  :)

Supplies Used: (Box 1)
Typeset paper pack

Card Stock: Juniper, Creme Brulee, Colonial White
Juniper Ribbon (retired)
Glue Dots
Martha Stewart Scoring Board (love it!)
Waxy Flax (for button/bow)

Box 2
Miracle paper pack and My Stickease
Card Stock:  Sweet Leaf, Colonial White
Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon
Glue Dots