Gift card exchange runs so ramped around here that we jokingly call Christmas The Annual Gift Card Exchange. Although it might seem trite and impersonal on the surface, sometimes a gift card is truly the perfect fit for someone.
In cases like these, I like to make something about the gift personal and create a homemade gift card holder. It's so easy and the effect is just so cute and unexpected.
I had these cute flower stamps burning a hole in my drawer for a few months, so I decided to make this gift card holder a flower-stamped birthday card Here's how I did it:
I started with a base brown card stock (and matching brown envelope) that was 5 x 8 (4) inches.
I wanted to create a frame for the stamped picture, so I used my Cricut machine equipped with the Fabulous Finds cartridge (which I happen to love -- so many unique things on that one) and created a pink rounded frame.
I cut a base green layer at 3.5 x 4.5 inches, the pink layer frame layer at 4 x 3.5 inches and the white layer for the stamp at 3 x 3.5 inches.
I stamped the white paper using a big black stamp pad.
And then I immediately cleaned the stamp with my stamp cleaner. (I am so obsessive about cleaning my stamps immediately with stamp cleaner. My mom makes fun of me.)
I started building my layers by using double-sided tape.
And colored in the stamped image with colored pencils.
I then used the scrap from the inside of the frame that was cut (plus the inside of a test one that was .5 inch bigger) as the gift card pocket.
It worked out fabulously! I glued it to the inside of the card on the page that faced the message side of the card.
I also created a two-layer inside of white and green, the green layer measuring 3.5 x 4.5 inches and the white layer measuring 4 x 3 inches.
It ended up being a colorful, easy-to-make and useful card -- those are the best!
Give it a whirl!