Saturday, October 10, 2009

Gift card holder

My house was a flurry of activity this weekend! (We had real snow flurries outside too, but I don't want to think about that! Nope! Back to the fun stuff!) Paper and ribbon and brads of many colors were scattered everywhere, and not just in my craft room where that is the usual state! My kitchen and dining room turned into Santa's workshop a little early as busy stamp campers crafted items that could be used for holiday gift giving.

Unlike "usual" stamp camps, this one had a couple of stations where stampers had many choices of the colors and embellishments they used. I forget how much space we need to do that! But it's always fun to see what ideas everyone comes up with. The coaster calendars that I showed you Monday looked great, all "dressed" in their "Pawsitively Prints" or "Razzleberry Lemonade" Designer Series Papers, and stampers could make as many gift tags as they cared to to fill a decorated matchbox they made.

One of the other projects for this weekend's camp was a gift card holder that featured the "Dasher" stamp and sparkle spray made from the Shimmer Paint that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

This gift card holder uses a piece of cardstock 4-1/4" X 11" that is scored at 3", 5-1/2" and 8". It's a great design because it's so easy to decorate, no matter what the occasion. Before folding the cardstock on the score lines, we rolled the "Sweet Swirls" wheel on both sides. After folding, placing the card on the counter so it looks like an "M" helps to tell you where to place the 3 pieces of Sticky Strip.

Peel off the red liner and adhere the center of the gift card holder. Then grab the Word Window and 3/4" circle punch to make the slot for the gift card to rest in.

The Word Window is punch twice along the fold, and then a "thumb tab" is created with the circle punch. As you can see, somewhere along the way this particular holder was spritzed with sparkle spray made from 1 ounce of 70% Isopropyl alcohol and about 12 drops of Shimmer Paint mixed in a re-purposed Stampin' Mist spray bottle. It's so easy and gives the card a spectacular sparkle. Just make sure to shake the bottle often to keep the mixture well blended.

To add the ribbon tie, we put 3 Mini Glue Dots across the middle front and placed the ribbon over them, leaving about 6 inches to the right. The rest of the ribbon just wraps around the gift card holder; no need to adhere (unless you really want to.)

The "Dasher" image was stamped in Versamark, embossed with white powder, and layered onto Bashful Blue and Whisper White before being added to the front of the card with Mini Glue Dots.

Come back tomorrow to see what else we did at camp!

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