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Christmas Gift-Card Holders Made from Scrapbooking Supplies

Dress up that plastic gift card for Christmas with a pretty display made from paper and scrapbooking supplies.

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    • Coaster Card Holder

      Turn square coasters into creative gift-card holders that open like books. Cut decorative paper to 4x8-1/4 inches and adhere to two coaster squares. Allow space between coasters for book to fold. Cut inside paper to 4x4 inches and adhere to inside of coasters. Let dry. Decorate as desired. Add pocket to inside with a half-circle punched at top for gift card.

      SOURCES Paper: BasicGrey (Forest, Maraschino Cherry, Fig). Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs (Little Bits), Inkadinkado (Merry Christmas). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Burnt Umber). Chipboard: Making Memories.

    • Pretty Pastel Card Holder

      Send a gift card in this pretty pastel holder. Cut paper to 3x7 inches and fold in half. Using strong adhesive, adhere along side edges only. Punch slot through front and back of card. Cut ribbon to double the length of the card plus 3 inches. Thread ribbon through slots and tie. Place card between ribbon and push into card. When you pull the knotted ribbon up, the gift card will slide up, too.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Wild Wasabi), KI Memories (Joyful Twinkle). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (So Many Scallops, Snow Flurries). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko, Stampin' Up! (Wild Wasabi). Ribbon: Stampin' Up!. Punches: Stampin' Up!.

    • Gift-Card Tin

      Packaging a gift card is simple with this decorative gift tin -- simply buy a tin intended for CDs and decorate with your favorite scrapbooking papers and embellishments.

      SOURCES Paper: DCWV, Hot Off the Press (red suede), Bazzill Basics Paper (olive). Stamps: Stampabilities (Jolly Santa). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (L'Amore Red), Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink), Copic (E00). Ribbon: May Arts. Accents: The Paper Studio (Christmas Retro Bubble-A-Bilities). Punch: Stampin' Up!. Corner rounder: Creative Memories.

    • Creative Card Holder

      Create this one-of-a-kind gift-card holder by cutting card base to 11x4-1/4 inches. Score at 1-1/4 and 4-1/2 inches. Fold small flap over larger side. Insert brads, eyelets, or staples to hold small flap down to create matchbook effect. Decorate as desired. See next slide for an interior view.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! )More Mustard), Flair Designs (Rejoice Words, Spirit of Christmas). Stamps: Stampendous (Heavenly Swirls). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Burnt Umber). Gel pen: Sakura. Ribbon: Hobby Lobby. Accents: Mrs. Grossman's Metal Stars. Brads: Making Memories. Star Punch: Stampin' Up!.

    • Creative Card Holder (Inside)

      This snazzy gift-card holder creates a new take on the matchbook effect by holding a gift card inside.

    • Great Gift-Card Holder

      Impress your friends with this easy-to-make gift-card holder. Cut paper to 3x11 inches. Score at 3 and 7-1/4 inches. Punch a word window opening on 3-3/4-inch piece. Make sure opening is at least 2-1/2 inches wide for the gift card. Fold in and adhere at top only. Decorate as desired. See next slide for an interior view.

      SOURCES Paper: Cloud 9 Design (Luster Snowflakes in Bright Green), Stampin' Up! (Brushed Silver, Night of Navy). Stamps: Stampin' Up! (Season of Joy, Perfect Presentation). Ink: Stampin' Up! (Night of Navy). Embossing Powder: VersaMark by Tsukineko (Sterling Silver). Ribbon: Stampin' Up!. Punches: Stampin' Up!

    • Gift Card (Inside)

      You can use ribbon, snaps, or hook-and-loop tape to hold this gift-card holder closed.

    • Crisscross Gift-Card Holder

      To create this crisscross gift-card holder, cut double-sided paper to 3-1/2x12 inches. Score at 4 and 8 inches. Cut diagonals at outside edges and adhere carefully at bottom. Cut insert to 3-3/4x3-1/4 inches. Punch slits to hold gift card.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Designer Paper Dashing, River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red). Stamps: Art Warehouse (Holiday Interactive Circles), Hero Arts (Merry Messages). Ink: Stewart Superior Palette (Burnt Umber). VersaMark by Tsukineko, Stampin' Up! (Old Olive). Jewels: Doodlebug Design (Christmas assortment). Punches: Stampin' Up!.

    • Pretty Purse Holder

      To create a holder perfect for any purse lover, score a 12x-12 inch double-sided paper at 1 and 11 inches. Fold and adhere to "inside" paper. Turn and score at 3-1/2 and 8-1/2 inches; fold and adhere. Score at 5 inches to fold in half, leaving openings at ends for gift card and a special note. Score again at 4-3/4 and 5-1/4 inches to create gusset for card to stand. Use strong adhesive to hold top together to create two pockets. Punch holes at top to add ribbon handles.

      SOURCES Paper: Daisy Bucket Designs (Wrapped Wishes), Stampin' Up! (Rose Romance), Bazzill Basics Paper (Olive Green). Stamps: Hero Arts (Merry Christmas Tag). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Winter White. Ribbon: Taylored Expressions (olive grosgrain). Punches: Marvy Uchida.

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      Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Card

      To make this card bearing Christmas cheer, fold an A2 (invitation size) envelope in half. Cut inside flap at center crease. Moisten to close only the left flap. Decorate front as desired using colorful papers and a ribbon to tie card closed. See next slide for interior view.

      SOURCES Paper: Stampin' Up! (Whisper White Medium Envelope, Brushed Silver, Ballet Blue), Doodlebug Design (Winter Ribbon Stripe). Stamps: Penny Black (Wishes Ornament), Stampablilities (To/From Present). Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampin' Up! (Ballet Blue). Gel pens: Sakurs (Clear, Silver). Ribbon: May Arts. Brads: SEI (Ally's Wonderland), Making Memories (In Bloom Shimmer). Corner rounder: Creative Memories.

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      Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Inside)

      Decorate the inside of the card as desired, making sure to include both the recipient's name and your own.

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      Homemade Christmas Cards

      Send a personal and creative seasonal greeting with our simple Christmas cards. They're easy enough to make in bulk or pretty enough to design for just a few special people on your Christmas list.
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