Friday, December 23, 2011

Top Note Gift Card Holder with Reindeer Stocking Builder Punch

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Okay, by this time you should have ALL of your Christmas shopping done, presents wrapped, cards made and sent out...  Oops!  I guess I can't really say anything because I only have ONE of those three done (and it's not cards - yikes!).  Anyway, I don't have a lot left to do, but I DO need to get the rest of my cards made and in the mail.  And yes, I know they won't arrive before Christmas, but the week in-between Christmas and New Year's is still part of the holiday, right? 
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Today I have another gift card holder project to show you - along with step-by-step instructions and pictures.  So if you have gift cards that you're giving, you can make up a couple of these adorable holders.  I'm sure the recipient will ooh and aah as much over the presentation as the actual gift card itself!

This adorable idea came from my friend Helen.  I loved her colors (sort of non-traditional), so I kept everything pretty much the same.  Here is what the finished project looks like:
Isn't that reindeer adorable?  Smiley from So would you like to know how to make one?  Okay, let's get started!

First cut your card stock (this is Tempting Turquoise) into 11" x 4-1/4" (half of an 8-1/2" x 11" piece - cut lengthwise).  Score with Simply Scored Scoring Tool at 3-3/4", 5-1/2", and 7-1/4".
Fold the cardstock so it forms a "W".  Here is a picture from the side.
With the FOLDED edges in the center (on the right in the picture below), place the cardstock on the Top Note Bigz Die as shown below.  The folded edges will be in about 1" to 1-1/2" from the one edge of the Top Note.  You do NOT want to cut through those edges.
This is what it should look like after you have run it through the Big Shot.
 And here is what it looks like opened up.

Fold your shape just at the center line and punch with the Word Window Punch, punching through two layers - but only punching about halfway with the punch.  You will probably need to punch twice side-by-side to get it wide enough for a gift card.

Using the 2-Way Glue Pen, glue the edges of the center section.  Only put glue on the outside edges (because you want your gift card to go in there, remember?)
Now for some accessories to make it pretty.  Take some coordinating DSP, cut to 1" x 3-1/2" (or so).  Score lengthwise in half.  (This paper is from the Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack.)
Attach it to the outside edge.  The ends will stick out a bit.  Simply cut them off with your Paper Snips, following the curve of the Top Note.

With the Snowflake Punch, punch two "antlers" from Basic Black cardstock.  Punch the reindeer head from Chocolate Chip cardstock and the "collar" from the DSP using the Stocking Builder Punch.  By the way, did you know that the Stocking Builder Punch will NOT be in the next Idea Book & Catalog?  It will ONLY be available during the 2011-2012 Holiday Mini Catalog period and that ends January 3, 2012.  So if you haven't gotten one of these punches yet, I would highly recommend ordering it NOW.  You can order it yourself HERE.  The Stocking Builder Punch item number is 124095, price is $16.95.
After punching the reindeer head and attaching the collar, run it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice TIEF.  Attach antlers to the front of the gift card holder first and add the reindeer head next.  Additional punches used to make the eyes and nose include the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and the Owl Builder Punch (circles for the eyes).  The Real Red flower is also from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  Add some bling with a couple of Basic Rhinestones, stamp your saying (Four the Holidays), and you're done!
I hope you've enjoyed this gift card project and you have fun making one yourself!  Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom


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