Monday, December 16, 2013

Glittery Holiday Gift Card Holder

Whenever Christmas and holidays (and birthdays, for that matter) roll's getting harder and harder to pick gifts for my teenagers.  That's why gift cards are so perfect (but not nearly as much fun to shop for unless you're in a rush).  

Here's a little gift card holder we did in class last month.  Even though my daughter says this particular shade of green is never a good choice for Christmas, I disagree.  I love Pear, Cotton Candy and Lagoon together.

These are cuts from the Circut Artbooking and Cricut Artiste Cartridges ($99 each for 700 Cricut shapes, 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard and 3 coordinating stamp sets--an awesome deal!).  Did you know (in most cases) there's still time to order for before-Christmas-delivery...if you hurry??!??  AND if you order $1 more in stuff, bringing your total up to $100+, you can pick out something from the Holiday Gift Guide for FREE!!  There's quite a few great products to choose from).  My favorite cheap-o item?  Sponge - $1.25  (Z697).  Great product, great price.  Cut it in half or in quarters, so you can use it for different colors.  (You can wash them out, but I usually just label the sponge as being designated for that particular color.)

I used the Green Glitter Paper (Z1847, $4.95 for 1 each of 3 different shades of green glittery heaven) underneath the white overlay.  (AND you can use the snowflake cut outs to embellish more cards!) 

Inside the card:

This is what the card base looks like (before you fold and glue it):

So you fold up the bottom of the "pants" (there's tiny, tiny score marks showing where to fold), and fold IN the little tabs on the right and left.  

I used a few drops of Liquid Glass on each of the little tabs, used a small binder clip to secure (like a vice, to hold it in place while it dries).  You could also use regular adhesive (Tombow, double stick tape or whatever, but for cards that have pieces that are sliding in and out (the gift card and note inserts), but I like adhesive that "dries hard."

"Dries Hard" adhesive does not have any sticky parts when the glue is dry -- that your other pieces of paper can "catch" on or stick to.  Liquid Glass is a GREAT "dries hard" adhesive.  Once it's dry, it's (a) not going anywhere and (b) other stuff doesn't stick to it.  Glue Sticks also will dry hard, but it's not a very strong adhesive.

Adhesive that doesn't "dry hard" - Tombow (dots or tape), framing tape, double stick tape, Glue Dots, etc. potentially can stick to other stuff, even if you waited weeks.  Under normal use, it doesn't need to dry to stick stuff together, which is great -- unless you are pulling something in and out of your card and don't want it to stick to your other stuff.  

I really hope that made sense, it's kind of hard to explain.

This gift card holder pattern from Artbooking is SO useful!  I used plain card stock, but it would be cute with patterned paper, too.  You can decorate for birthdays, anniversaries, whatever!  LOVE IT!  :)  

For the little gift card holder, I used a little Baker's Twine to keep it shut.  It unties in the back.

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Supplies Used:
Cricut Artiste Cartridge (Z1790, $99)
Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906, $99)
Cotton Candy Card Stock (X5760, $14.50 for 24 sheets)
Green Glitter Paper (Z1847, $5.95 for 3 different shades of green glitter paper)
Laughing Lola Paper Pack (X7170B, $9.95)
Perfect Fit Holidays Stamp Set (B1412 $9.95)
White Daisy Card Stock (1385, $9.50)
Ink:  Lagoon (Z2195, $5.25)
Baker's Twine - Paradise (Z1702, $4.95 for 10 yards each of 4 colors)
Glitz Glitter Gel - Silver (Z1482, $2.75) - retiring
Sponge Dauber (Z726, $3.95 for a set of 3)
Foam Mounting Tape
Glue Dot 

Cuts Used:
Card Base:  Artbooking - page 43.  Size 5 1/2"
White Snowflake Overlay on cover - Artbooking - page 76.  Size 5 1/2"
Gift Card Holder - Artiste - page 57.  Size 2 3/4"

For the scallop circle on the cover, I used a punch...but you could use the Cricut for that, too.