Sunday, November 15, 2009

Paper Pocketbook for Gift Cards

I am all about the gift card. It's a small piece of plastic that can bring big smiles. Any time of year you can whip up one of these cute little paper pocketbooks in just a few minutes and fill it with iTunes, shoes, lunch, gas, groceries, a night at the movies or anything else you can find a gift card for.

Follow these simple instructions to make your own paper pocketbook...

6” x 6” double sided patterned paper
2” x 6” patterned paper
2 ¾ “ x 4 ½” coordinating solid cardstock
9” piece of ribbon
Scoring tool
Paper Trimmer

Fold 6”x6” patterned paper in half. To cut sides at an angle place the fold at the top. Line up the top folded corner with the cutting line on your trimmer. Angle so that the bottom open corner touches the 1” line on the trimmer and cut. Flip the paper over keeping the fold at the top and repeat for the second side.
Cut a half circle out of the top edge of the 2” x 6” patterned paper. Adhere it to the cut 6”x 6” base above the fold line leaving the top edge open to create a pocket. Trim edges off using scissors to match the angles of the base.

To create the top flap score the 2 ¾” x 4 ½” piece of cardstock lengthwise at 1 ½” and at 1¾”.

This will create a ¼” wide top where you can attach ribbon. Use a cropadile or small punch to punch holes ¾” to 1” from each edge. Thread the ribbon through the holes and knot on the under side to create a handle.

Round the corners of the longer side. Attach the shorter side to the back of the purse base so the longer flap is in the front. Use Velcro dots or small magnets to close.

Decorate as desired.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Got Gift Cards??

Everyone loves a gift card. They are great to give and to receive. What I don't love is the tacky packaging most of them come in. Here is a way to dress up your gift cards and make them much more presentable and fun.
Follow my little tutorial to learn how to make your own.

Pop Up Pocket Gift Card Holder

Card Base- cut 2 of cardstock measuring 7” x 4 1/4"
Pattern 1 – 2 ½ “ x 4” (front), 2 ½” x 4 ¼” (pocket cover)
Pattern 2 – 2” x 4” (front), 1 ½” x 6” (reverse side for flap)
Flap – 1 ¾ “ x 6” cut from cardstock
Inside stamped image - 1 5/8” x 1 5/8”
Image frame–1 ¾” x 1 ¾” of coordinating colored cardstock
Strong adhesive – I use what I call “red line tape” but it goes by several names.
Corner rounder
Stampin Up word window punch
Circle punch

Score both card base pieces at 4 1/4”.

Fold flaps towards inside of card. Use the red line tape to hold the two flap pieces together on three sides

with the top remaining open. Attach the 2 ½” x 4” piece of patterned paper on the front side of the pocket close to the open edge. There will be a small space between the edge of the paper and the fold. Use a circle punch to punch a half circle out of the top of the pocket through the patterned paper and both layers of cardstock. This makes it easier to remove the gift card from the pocket.

Stamp desired image on the 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” white cardstock. Back with the 1 5/8” x 1 5/8” of coordinating colored cardstock and attach to pocket front. Stamp desired sentiment to the right of the gift card pocket. Add two pieces of patterned paper as background on front of card. I use the Stampin Up word window punch for the slot and punch through all layers about ¼ “ from the edge. If you don’t have the punch cut a 1 5/8” slot through all layers using a craft knife.

To make the flap closure, center the 1 ½” x 6” piece of patterned paper onto the 1 ¾” x 6” strip of cardstock and ink the edges. Round the corners of one end. Score through both layers at 4 ¼ from the straight edge. Insert the rounded corners through the slot and line up the score line with the edge of the card. Add adhesive from score line to straight edge and press firmly to back of card.
Complete the gift card holder by adding stamped images and embellishments of your choice.

I used the Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set from CTMH. I think this is a perfect way to present a gift card to your favorite shopaholic.

All papers, inks, stamps and embellishments are from Close to My Heart. To get them visit my website.