Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday Morning Sketches #230 - Anything Goes, Continued!

Welcome to week two of our annual Anything Goes challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches! A few of us have additional projects to share this week as we remind you that you still have until next Sunday, January 5th, to play along with us! 

I've made a gift card holder that I'm rather proud of. I made a lot of these in Christmas designs, and made another one for a birthday so that I could take pictures & show you how it's made. Math, yo. Not my strong suit!

Start with a piece of card stock measuring 5.25" X 11". Score on the long side at 3", 5.5", and 8. Fold on the score lines into a W shape: (Remember, don't clean your desk if you're taking pictures!) Also, this looks more like an M. WHATEVER.

The centre piece (the valley of the M) will be your gift card slot. This picture is blurry but hopefully you get the idea. Centre a gift card along the fold, marking lightly with pencil the edges of the card. 

Choose a die large enough to accommodate your gift card - here I've used the 2nd largest Labels 4 Nesties die. Line it up with your pencil marks & use the partial die cutting technique to have it cut on the fold - you may need to run it through the machine twice for a solid cut. 

Again with the blurry - sorry! - line the outer parts of the panel with scor-tape or similar adhesive. Make sure not to fill in close to the aperture, since you need room for your card to fit! 

Final step - check that your gift card does indeed slide into the aperture. I've made a few dozen of these now, and I still check every one. It should be a tight fit so the card won't fall out. This 'holder' flap is on the inside of your card. 

Decorate the front however you like!

Supplies: papers from Bo Bunny; Labels 4 Nesties; Versamark & white EP; sentiment from PTI; little bunny die cut from stash

The finished size of this gift card holder is 5.25" X 3", so it will fit nicely in invitation size envelopes - which was my goal in futzing around with measurements. Not buying more envelopes.

Don't forget to check out the TMS blog today to see who else has a new project for you - and link up YOUR project with us by Sunday January 5th :) 



Dana said...

Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try this!!

jimlynn said...

I'm always looking for different ways to do gift cards and this one is super! Very nice and love the outside as well. Thanks for the tutorial.

Donna said...

Waaaahhhh!!! Look at you go with these awesome tutorials!! That is an awesome gift card holder! Thanks for showing us how to do it!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Beautiful gift card holder and thanks for the easy to follow tutorial on how you created it .
Happy New Year Jessi

Darnell said...

Jessi, you are so generous to take the time to show us how to make one of these fab gift card holders!! Thank you!! Hugs, Darnell

Lindsey said...

Nicely done! And so well-explained with all that math stuff. :D You don't want to buy more envelopes? Then you must want an envelope punch! :P

Greta said...

Love how you made this creative card holder--perfect!

lostinpaper said...

Always in need of a good design for a gift card holder, I'm pinning this tutorial!

Debbie said...

Another great tut!! Very cool gift card holder!

Melissa Craig said...

Fun card and great tutorial.