Hi there! It’s Mendi here today with some fun ideas for incorporating gift cards into your card making.
For my first card I created a background alternating stripes of gold glitter tape and 7/8″ wide strips of patterned paper from the Cottage Living 6×6 paper pad. I then die cut the large pennant and “thank you” sentiment using the Brannboll font and my Silhouette die-cutting machine.
To create the matching gold heart on my card front, I die cut it using the mini heart die from the Cottage Living Polaroid Die Set and some gold glitter circle stickers from the Homemade collection that were just a wee bit larger than the die. I loved how well they cut (with the acetate backing in place) and how it peeled right off and was ready to stick to my card.
For the inside, I embellished the Homemade Mini Kraft Pocket Tags. These are just the perfect size to hold a gift card which is pretty awesome.
To embellish the pocket with a sentiment, I pieced together two separate phrases from the Cottage Living Rub-ons & paired them Homemade Phrase Tags. Glittered surfaces can be tricky, but these transferred pretty easily without a lot of fussing over them. I love that!
For my next card I turned heart die cuts into balloons with the help of some paper string (borrowed from those same Homemade Phrase Tags). For my scalloped border I used a die from the Homemade set and hid the seam behind the kraft tag.
The inside of my card features a fun fold designed to tuck a gift card into. I also cut some extra hearts to carry out my theme and make the inside as pretty as the outside.
To create my card base and pocket for the gift card, I started with a 10.5″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. I then scored it at 4.25″, 5.25″ and 6.25″.
At the center score mark, I held up the gift card as a guide and used a cutting knife along with the We R Memory Precision Glass Cutting Mat to slice a slot for the card to slip into (making it extend about 1/8 ” beyond each end of the gift card. Cutting on this glass mat is so smooth–My self healing mat has some serious competition.
After cutting the slit, I then folded my cardstock accordion style and flipped it over to add adhesive down each channel created by the score marks. It is important to not to add adhesive at the center score mark where you have cut your slot for the gift card to slip into. To create an extra snug fit, I chose to add a line of adhesive perpendicular to my cut, just below and just above my cut line. I then simply brought the score lines together. This gave me an A2 card base ready to decorate.
Here’s one last peek at my two completed cards. I hope I have inspired you to include some interactive gift card pockets into your upcoming projects!
HOMEMADE MINI KRAFT POCKET TAGS
HOMEMADE PHRASE TAGS
PEBBLES HOMEMADE BANNERS DIES
PEBBLES COTTAGE LIVING POLAROID DIES
COTTAGE LIVING PHRASE & ICON RUB-ONS
PEBBLES COTTAGE LIVING 6X6 PAPER PAD
AMERICAN CRAFTS GLITTER PAPER TAPE 3YD
WE R MEMORY KEEPERS PRECISION GLASS CUTTING MAT