I've been browsing the internet and came across some videos by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon and of boy, she comes up with the most amazing projects.  She is one talented lady!

I saw last week that she had made a video showing how she made a gift card holder from an envelope, so I thought !I can do that!"  I didn't however, have any of the same size envelopes in stock (typical) nor any white ones that had the flap at the side.  I did have, however, a rather large stash of old payroll envelopes (C5 size) that I decided could be easily (famous last words...!!!!) adapted to make a gift card.

I started with papers from the February mega kit at The Studio:

I just love the colours used in the kit, and the papers are gorgeous.  

I sort of followed Kathy's video instructions to arrive at this gift card holder:

Those are shots of the front of the card and the back.  I used clear gloss on the cutout elephant,before sticking it on the back although with hindsight, I should have used card stock to print the elephant on as the paper version just curled up as the clear gloss dried, hence the cracks in it :(.  In my defence, I did only buy the clear gloss about 10 days ago and this is only the second time I have used it.

Don't you just love the fasteners though?  They were made with two circles (the larger one was from a 1" circle punch and for the smaller one, I used the top of a large Pritt stick as a guide since I don't have a smaller circle punch!).  the "friends" tag was cut from a sheet of card stock from the In My Mind's Eye lost and found labels collection.  Since it is core'dinations card stock, I was able to sand off the top layer of the text and distress the edges.

This is inside of the card.  The left and right hand sides have been completely covered in paper, but the middle section has the envelope flap left open but with two brads from the kit (again covered in clear gloss - can you see the cracks where the paper curled up again?  Oops!).

There are then three separate pockets in the front of this section, each one containing a tag.  The idea is that the gift tag goes in the bottom pocket and then you can put greetings, photographs, tags that can be personalised by the recipient, and so on.  Again, I created tags from the In My Mind's Eye card stock, and this is how they looked:

Considering this was the first time I had done anything like this, I was really pleased with the result.  Hubbie was not impressed (but the nothing short of the Mona Lisa would probably impress him ;) ) but my fifteen year old thought it was brilliant (he is such a smooth talker!).  

It was really easy to do and whilst Kathy says in her video it should take about 40 minutes, it took me a while longer as I was adapting a different shaped envelope.  I reckon the next one will be much quicker and believe me, there will b e a next one!

Why not have a go yourself?  It is straightforward to make, and is a really unique gift card.  In case you are interested, the video can be found here.

Happy Scrapping!


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  2. craftymum said...

    just wonderful!
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    hugs Sarah x  

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