It occurred to me yesterday that it’s been ages since I last made a gift card holder. In fact what reminded me was seeing how many of my gift card holders I have sold recently. So what better way to celebrate than to make more…
I began my project with the pretty small sunflower image from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set.
Using VersaMark ink I stamped the image onto some Shimmery White Card. Next I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Once the embossing was cool I was ready to start colouring the image. For this I chose three Stampin’ Write Markers; Terracotta Tile from the 2019-2021 In Colors, plus Bumblebee and Just Jade from the 2020-2022 In Colors. Although I was using markers I wanted to give my flower a watercoloured look so I also grabbed a Water Painter with a fine tip.
Colouring the image was just a matter of patience. Using the brush tip of the Bumblebee marker I scribbled a little ink at the base of a couple of petals. Then with a barely damp Water Painter I brushed the ink to the tip of each petal. I continued this process until all the petals had their first coat of colour.
While I waited for the petals to dry I repeated the process on the leaves using the Just Jade marker. Then I coloured the centre of the flower using the Bumblebee Marker. As before I brushed out the colour with the Water Painter. However this time without waiting for this area to dry I coloured the centre of the flower with the Terracotta Tile Marker. Once again I brushed out the colour with the Water Painter, then when I’d finished I blotted the centre of the flower with a paper tissue. This had the effect of lifting some of the colour giving it a softer look.
Finally I went back to the petals but this time with the Terracotta Tile Marker. Now when I brushed out the colour I only went about halfway up each petal. With that done I set the piece aside to dry thoroughly.
SIMPLE GIFT CARD HOLDER
Now it was time to start putting together the actual gift card holder. I cut a piece of Terracotta Tile Card 3″ x 7″. First, with the long side at the top I scored it at 3-1/2″. Next with the short side at the top I scored it at 1/4″ and 2-3/4″. Then I folded the card along the scored lines and sharpened the creases with a Bone Folder.
If you’re not familiar with my simple gift card holder you can watch this video of an older project where I demonstrate the process.
Before going any further I remembered that I’d need to add a thumb notch to get the gift card in and out more easily. This I did using the edge of the Label Me Fancy Punch.
With that done I trimmed the tabs off the front of the gift card holder (as shown in the video). Then I added Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to the two remaining tabs and assembled the gift card holder.
LET’S CELEBRATE YOU
Next I needed to create the layers for the front of my project, starting with the sentiment piece. For this I cut a wood design from the In Good Taste 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). Then using VersaMark ink I stamped “Let’s celebrate you” from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set. I sprinkled the VersaMark with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Power and tapped off the excess. Then I melted the rest of the powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
To complete my layers I used liquid glue to mount the sentiment layer onto some Bumblebee Card. Then I wrapped some Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim around them and secured the ends on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Finally I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the assembled layers to the gift card holder.
All I had left to do was cut out the embossed and painted sunflower using a coordinating die from the Sunflowers Dies Set. With that, I attached the flower to the gift card holder with Stampin’ Dimensionals and my project was finished.
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