Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Today is about quick and easy! Nothing is easier (or makes any teenager happier) than a gift card. But it's a little cheesy just to hand it to someone and say, "Ummm...Merry Christmas, or whatever." So even if you didn't put a lot of thought or time into the gift, we're going to make it look like you did by making a quick and easy gift card holder.

Here's what you'll need:

  • one 12" by 12" two-sided piece of sturdy scrapbook paper
  • one sheet of coordinating cardstock (for inside the pocket)
  • 12" by 2" strip of scrap paper that coordinates (patterned or cardstock--your choice)
  • 12" trim - the bolder the better. Here, I used maribou.
  • Adhesive, preferably a strong dry adhesive
  • ribbon scraps
  • a stapler
  • scissors or paper trimmer
Here's how you do it.
1. Fold a two-sided, 12 by 12 inch paper and leave about 2" showing.2. Cut 2 pieces from this, 4 1/2 inches wide. These 2 pieces will be your gift card pockets. The other 3" wide piece will be perfect for a cash gift.3. Glue the right and left edges of the pocket. Use a tough glue like glue lines, glue dots, ATG gun, etc... or you can stitch it with a sewing machine. But I didn't do that to this one--its all about quick and easy today.
4. Trim the top 1/4" of the pocket with a scalloped edge scissors.
5. Adhere white maribou (or the trim that goes best with your papers) to the top edge of the pocket. I used a hot glue gun to make this quick and easy. If you're using a wet adhesive, be careful not to glue your pocket shut!**If you're in a big hurry, stop here. Shove the gift card or cash in the pocket and run out the door. **
But if you have a little time to add an extra step, make a tag to hold the gift card. Here's how:
1. Begin by cutting 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock, to 5" by 3 1/2". If you want to make one for that smaller pocket, it should be 2/1/2 inches wide by 5" tall.
2. Round the 2 top corners.
3. Find 2 pieces of coordinating scrap paper measuring 3 1/2" by 2". ( We all have those scraps laying around, use them!)
4. Adhere the left and right edges AND the bottom too.
5. Staple a ribbon onto the top of the tag and put it in the pocket, leaving a little hanging out.

And... tada!That's all for today. I hope you're enjoying the holidays!


Cash Gifting Forums said...

well these 12 days are really fun. Its incredible.

Cash Gifting Forums said...

well Christmas is really fun time of year.

Cash Gifting Forums said...

well i love to take part in this.