Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Gift Card Holder

12/01/2016 Update: Top Three winner in the AHSC #187.

Since retiring and moving to Arizona, our family is located far away. Once moved, we decided the best way to provide Christmas gifts is by checks or gift cards - especially with young people. I've been making gift card holders for the recipients. Understanding that many people do not save the lovely cards that we make them, I knew my niece would keep whatever I made for her. Using a sketch challenge, I created a Christmas card and added the gift card holder to the inside.

Instructions on making the gift card holder can be found HERE (at 4:40). Using designer paper, I cut the sentiment block and a strip of flowers. A block of cardstock was dry embossed with texture but is difficult to discern in the photos. A panel of green cardstock was adhered to the card base, then a panel of red cardstock. The additional blocks were adhered. Foam was adhered to the sentiment block for dimension. The velvet glitter ribbon was added along with sequins.

To create the holder on the inside of the card, two labels were die cut, scored and folded in half. Two halves were adhered with sticky strip to hold the gift card, the
other halves were adhered to the card base. The inside was stamped with a Christmas sentiment and a block from the Designer paper was added.


The card is being submitted to the following challenges:

1. Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #187:

2A. Crafty Hazelnut's Challenge #309:(Christmas + a sentiment)

2B. Crafty Hazelnut's November Challenge Extra:

3. Creative Corner:
(winter theme)

4. Brown Sugar Challenge #226:
(anything goes)

5. Happy Little Stampers November Die Challenge:

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamp set: "Reason for the Season" (interior sentiment)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Die: Deco Labels
Misc: Diagonal stripe TIEF, Dimensionals foam

Other Materials
DSP: Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc.: Sticky strip tape, sequins & ribbon from stash


  1. This is GORGEOUS! What a smart idea :) It must be hard being far away from family - wishing you a big Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us this week at AHSC!

    Jess - DT

  2. Such a beautiful card and a cool design! I will have to checkout the tutorial... love this!! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  3. Amazing!! Great design for a gift card holder too. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.


  4. What a beautiful design! I love traditional Christmas colors and the sparkly ribbon. Fantastic gift card holder inside too! :)

  5. Melanie, this is SO SO sweet and yet practical and lovely, too. The recipient (your niece) will be THRILLED! WTG! :) Thanks for playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts this week! :) ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  6. Love this gift card holder. As you know I do a lot of gift cards for our family too and will have to go to the tutorial. Very pretty card, inside and out. Thanks for sharing at AHSC this week. Another great sketch for next week, please join us.

  7. What a beautiful and festive card, Melanie. Nice to have a family member who appreciates your loving work! I especially like the way you presented the gift card on the inside. Great idea and thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

  9. Beautiful card..Love the design..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers- Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.