I hope you all have been loving our 20 Days of Hybrid celebration here at DHD. Today is a simple project that will be perfect for novice hybrid crafters although those of you who are hybrid experts are also welcome to join in.
Gift cards are becoming extremely popular as gifts but they can seem just a bit impersonal to give to family and friends. To personalize them try creating a gift card holder made from supplies you already have on hand. In fact, if you are a hybrid novice you won’t need any special supplies to create this card holder.
To create these gift card holders I used Wonderland and Letters to Santa from Sara Schmutz here at DHD.
Start by creating a simple rectangle template in your graphics program. I fancied mine up with a bracket edge but you certainly could do this with square edges. I took a quick picture of my ruler against the printed template so you can get an idea of the dimensions. My finished template was about 3.75″ x 6.25″. The rectangle is divided into three sections – top and bottom flaps and the back.
After you have your template created you can add you papers to the various sections of the template. Remember that the flaps will need to be inserted upside down so they will be right side up when folded. I was able to add 2 different template to an 8.5″ x 11″ template. After selecting an clipping my papers to the templates I added some various elements from the kits I was using to use as embellishments on my completed card holders.
After you get your template finished you are ready to print. If you are a seasoned hybrid crafter you already have your favorite papers on hand to print. If you are a novice you can use what cardstock you have on hand. If you are looking for a recommendation I always use Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper in Matte finish.
Print them out and gather your other supplies. If you don’t have a trimmer scissors will work just fine.
And, after separating the various parts you are ready to assemble them and have fun. Fold the card in thirds before you add your embellishments. Remember you can add whatever embellishments you have already have on hand. Buttons, ribbons and charms would all work well. But, since we are making this novice friendly I am going to use only items available in the kits.
I used glue dots and and foam adhesive to add a bit of dimension to my finished project. But if you don’t have any other supplies on hand you can always use a glue stick or even regular scotch tape if you can’t find anything else.
I decorated both the front and back of my gift cards and thought that added a fun and festive touch. Remember that once you have your template created you need to save it so you won’t have to recreate it next time. Try using different supplies to create birthday, wedding and baby gift card holders. Your friends and family will certainly appreciate the personal touch you have added.