It seems that a lot of people these days ask for gift cards. They are not quite sure what they really want, but a gift card at their favourite store will do until they make up their mind. I often don't even follow wish lists (maybe one wish list item, and a surprise gift), but I have to admit that sometimes gift cards are a little easier, especially when the kids get older and hit their teen years (I have a niece and nephew that fit this bracket!)

That's why today's post focuses on a craft to help hold those little plastic cards in style. I love these types of projects though, because it makes you feel a least a little good about giving a gift card to someone because you've made something special to go with it (am I right?) This was also a fun project for me because I love mixing and matching patterns and colours. This is a good way for you to use up your scraps if you have any. If not, you'll want to see the shopping guide for paper at the bottom of this post!

To make a bunch of these gift card envelopes, read on for the instructions.



1. Trim scrapbook paper to 5" x 4 1/2". Place the short end of the paper up on the scoring board and score at 3 3/4" to create a crease at the bottom of the envelope (therefore make sure your pattern is the right side up!) Then turn the paper 90 degrees and score it twice at 1 1/4" and 3 1/2".

2. Fold the paper at the scores.

3. Cut at the folds on the bottom and remove the corner boxes.

4. Fold the right side in and add double-sided tape to the flap. Secure the other side, then add more tape to the bottom flap and fold it up.

5. Punch a circle shape on glitter paper. On the metallic paper, cut a small square of about 1/2" x 1/2", then cut two diagonals into each other to create the "metal cap" of the ornament. Cut a small length of twine. Tape it to the back of the silver "cap", then tape the whole of it to the front of the envelope.

6. Add more tape to the back of the circle and attach it to the front, slightly over the "cap" to complete the ornament.

Total project time: about 45 minutes for 6 envelopes.



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#Christmas #Envelopes #Paper #Punches


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