Nikki is hosting our ‘Let’s Celebrate’ challenge which will take us up to Christmas, but of course with a wide open title like this you could be choosing one of a number of different things to celebrate.
You can make something to celebrate Christmas if you wish but lets not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Years. It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than Christmas, it's up to you.
At this time of the year Christmas is very special to us as a family and we celebrate the season in a number of ways, one of which is giving gifts. If your children are grown up like mine then these days they don’t seem to want for much and they enjoy receiving gifts of money or tokens. This year I decided to make my own gift card holders.
Cut two pieces of card one 10 cm wide x 18cm tall and one 14 cm wide x 6 1/2 cm tall. Create a distressed background with stains and the wrinkle free technique. Repeat on the other side of the larger piece.
Take the larger piece and score at 5 cm on one side of the longest edge and 6 1/2 cm on the other end. Punch a semicircle or semi oval on the 5 cm end.
Take the small piece and score at 2cm on both ends of the longest side. (Here beware the thickness of the card, you might need to score at 21mm so that this wraps around the larger piece properly). Cut out a 2cm square on two of the corners and a fraction off the bottom diagonally so that the flap will fit inside neatly.
Work out which bits of the card holder are going to be upright and stamp randomly, I used Tim’s music score and text from Letter to Santa and Festive Sounds stamp sets with coffee archival ink.. Use a sticky note to mask off any section that you don’t want to stamp over. Round the corners of the large piece as shown and ink the edges before we adhere anything together.
Cut two pieces of ribbon/seam binding, I cut mine 30 cm and 25 cms long and sandwich it between the top and bottom layer when you adhere them together.
On the inside I stamped a greeting….
… and on the outside I added some glossy holly stamping using Tim’s technique that he used on on Tag 10 in 2011. I used Mini Holidays 2 and 4 for the holly stamps. I also cut and added the Noel die-cut from the Holiday Words – Script thinlits dies.
The ribbon ties around the wallet and it’s all ready to hold that gift card for that someone special.
I know it’s a big rush now to get everything sorted, decorating, cooking, buying and wrapping presents, but if you find yourself with some crafty time then we hope you will join us on our ‘Lets Celebrate’ journey.
hugs Brenda xxx
What a lovely gift card package Brenda! The staining looks wonderful along with the music stamping!
Very pretty, thank you for sharing!
Brilliant and beautiful gift wallet Brenda. I'll definitely be giving this one a try as like you say once children and grandchildren grow up they prefer gift cards or money. Thank you for a great tutorial. Hugs Rita xxx
What a beautiful and wonderful way to put a personal touch on a monetary gift. Your gift cards are simply lovely. I'm sure they will be well received.
This gift wallet looks fantastic, Brenda. Thanks for the tutorial.
Great looking wallet Brenda, both the in and the outside look super, and a great idea too!
A gorgeous gift wallet Brenda...what a lovely way to present a voucher....it really becomes a gorgeous gift in your creative hands xx
This is such a fantastic idea Brenda and it looks amazing with your wonderfully creative finishing! Hugs, Anne xx
Brilliant Brenda. A great design that you've decorated perfectly. Jenny x
Gorgeous wallet Brenda!
This is adorable, Brenda, and I'm sure the recipients will think so too!
Brill step by step Brenda, your wallets are fantastic :-) xxx
Love your stamping and inking techniques on your wallet. Great design and tips to make sure stamping upright for gift card being folded.
Have a lovely weekend, Julie x
I love your gift card holder Brenda! Where were you last week when I had to make 20 of these. This is way easier then what I tackled. Love this quick card holder!!!!
Funny thing is my grown up children and grandkids like the gift of cash as well!!! Brenda, I love your gift holder. Such a clever design and oh so lovely! Have a beautiful weekend! It is pouring here and I mean buckets! Hugs!
That's an amazing creation.
A beautiful gift holder, love all the colours and images.
Stunning - I know I have seen it! Will be back to 'borrow' the design for my nieces Christmas vouchers! Nikki xx
Such a lovely gift wallet, Brenda - perfect for adding vouchers or money to help the recipient celebrate! The music and holly stamping is so pretty.
Love this fold!!! Great vintage feel and stamping!
Brilliant gift card holder, love the distress background
Gorgeous colours and stamping
Such a great way to present them
Sooo gorgeously vintage Brenda! Just opened up yesterday my packet of those holiday words dies - will have to try to label each one as they are a bother to have to decipher!! Nicola x
Who wouldn't love opening that gorgeous envelope? It's gorgeous!
Fabulous wallet card Brenda and such a gorgeous background. Thanks for sharing the measurements and how to. I think this would make a brilliant wallet for many things. Jennie x
Stunning wallet Brenda - a gift in itself
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy New Year
Amazing envelope! I love all details and colors in your project! Beautiful idea! BArbarayaya
This is so different to usual cards and I love it. Love vintage and you have certainly pulled this off... fabulous xx
Wow! Here's a case where the wrapping is better than the gift! Not that cash is bad:)! Or gift cards!:) :) But your wallet is just perfect and a wonderful gift in itself! I am pinning for future gifting purposes. I am terrible coming up with dimensions for projects, so to have the work done is a gift! A LITTLE late getting to check out the Creative Guides great works, so I'll have to say Happy New Year!
This is so creative, love it :-) xx
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