Now that Christmas is only a few days away I'm guessing that, like me, you're in a wrapping paper frenzy. But what can you do about packaging those pesky gift cards? Here's one solution...just Look Here! [Note: I made a variation of this card last year with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood. To see her card, just click here.]
The card front was decorated with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder (Big Shot) and a few pumps of the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz. A few Shimmery White cardstock snowflakes were created using the Northern Frost Decorative Strip die (Big Shot) and added to the upper left corner. Two pieces of Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon were knotted and pressed into place along the lower half of the card front; the ribbon ends folded to the back of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock and pressed into place with SNAIL. On top of the ribbon, a focal point was created using a stern message from the Winter Post stamp set stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out with the Designer Label punch. This image was placed on top of a piece of Night of Navy cardstock punched with the Decorative Label punch.
Brushed Gold cardstock was used to create a mat for the Night of Navy Decorative Label by punching two more Decorative Labels from Brushed Gold cardstock. One label was cut lengthwise and the other label was cut widthwise. The center points next to the cut for the lengthwise label were snipped off and the outer "bumps" of the widthwise cut label were trimmed away from the upper and lower edges of both pieces. The lengthwise cut pieces were adhered to the upper and lower lengthwise edges of the Night of Navy Decorative Label using SNAIL leaving approximately 1/16" of Brushed Gold cardstock visible beyond the edges of the Night of Navy cardstock. The widthwise cut pieces were adhered to the left and right sides of the Night of Navy Decorative Label using SNAIL, again leaving approximately 1/16" of Brushed Gold cardstock visible beyond the edges of the Night of Navy cardstock. The focal point was adhered to the card front with a Stampin' Dimensionals placed at each corner of the back of the matted Decorative Label.
The Cherry Cobbler cardstock was adhered to the Whisper White Textured cardstock card base using Tombow Multi-Adhesive.
The inside of the card has the real impact for this card because, let's face it, that's where the gift is! The Night of Navy cardstock was die cut with the Look Here Bigz XL die (Big Shot). When you first look at this die you may think that it's just a tad complicated to work with, but it's actually pretty easy as long as you take your time and follow the directions included with the die. A piece of Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper was adhered to the back of the top half of the Night of Navy die cut using SNAIL and then the top half of the die cut was adhered to the top half of the card interior placing the center fold of the die cut just a hair above the center fold of the card interior. The die cut fold that holds the gift card was then adhered and a smaller piece of Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper was adhered to the back of the lower half of the die cut to cover the opening where the arrow rises up to meet the gift card holder. The bottom half of the die cut was adhered to the bottom half of the card interior. [Important note: Don't forget the tiny piece of cardstock that attaches to the back of the arrow that rises from the bottom half of the die cut and the front of the gift card holder. Use Sticky Strip here to make sure that this piece remains in place and works properly.] More Shimmery White cardstock was used to create snowflakes to cover the arrow heads that point to the gift card holder on the top half of the card interior. Three more snowflakes decorate the bottom half of the card interior. One on the arrow that rises from the bottom half of the card interior, one to cover the arrow shape in the die cut on the bottom half of the card interior, and the other to "balance" the snowflake placed over the arrow shape.
The stern message from the Winter Post stamp set was stamped on the lower left front of the Whisper White envelope using Cherry Cobbler ink. And the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder was used to emboss the envelope flap.
You may think that making this gift card holder is pretty labor intensive; however, because the Big Shot is doing so much of the work, you can complete a few of these cards in just about an hour. My guess is that when a loved one receives this present, they'll feel that the packaging is just as impressive as the gift!
Stamps: Winter Post; Inks: Cherry Cobbler; Cardstock: Brushed Gold, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Whisper White Textured; Designer Series Paper: Deck the Halls; Embellishments: Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Adhesive; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Designer Label punch, Decorative Label punch, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Pads, Look Here Bigz XL die, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Decorative Strip Cutting Plates, Decorative Strip Cutting Platform; Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Multi-Purpose Platform w/Standard Cutting Plates; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope