Scrappy Christmas Gift Card Holders – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the NC Demos November Blog Hop!!!  If you just came from Kristine’s post, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that her project was amazing!  This month’s theme is “A Little Scrap Goes a Long Way”.  We are sharing inspiration to make projects with the pieces of scrap paper that we cannot bear to throw away!  Thanks so much for stopping by to see the project that I’m sharing this month.

Let’s face it – Stampin’ Up! has absolutely gorgeous Designer Series Paper (DSP).  In fact, there are many of us who have a very hard time even cutting the paper.  [I see you nodding your head in agreement with that statement.  It’s okay – you’re among friends!]  And, when we do get up the nerve to cut the paper and use it in projects, we also save the extra pieces – no matter how small the pieces are!  Well, go get the scraps of DSP that you have, and let’s make some fun and decorative gift card holders.

The gift card holders that I have made are for Christmas.  They will be sent to our grandchildren with either gift cards or checks.  I wanted to make a “card” for each of them that will have enough room for a message from us and also will be able to hang on the Christmas tree.  Pictured below is design that I will share with you.

The gift box has a top, bottom, and sides that are pleated and pop-up from the card front to give dimension.

And… pictured below is the back of the gift card holder.  The “card” will fit nicely into a regular A2 envelope and has plenty of room to write a message on the back!

The pieces of paper and other supplies that you’ll need to make the gift card holder are:

  • Half a sheet of cardstock – I used my holiday favorite, Cherry Cobbler.
  • Three pieces of scrap DSP
    • The front of the card has a piece of DSP behind the gift box.  The DSP measures 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I used a scrap piece from the Fitting Florets DSP collection.
    • The bottom of the box is made from a piece measuring 4″ x 3 1/4″.  I used a scrap piece from the Painted Christmas DSP collection.
    • The top of the box is made from a piece measuring 4 1/4″ x 2″.  I used a scrap piece from the Fitting Florets DSP collection.
    • Take a look at the PDF that is referenced in the step-by-step directions for the measurements and more information about how to score these pieces.
  • A few pieces of scrap paper to use to make some of the ribbon for the box and to decorate the back of the card – I used some scrap pieces of gold Brushed Metallic cardstock.
  • Stamp and ink for your sentiment – I used “Merry Christmas” from the Christmas Scottie stamp set and Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Adhesives – Glue dots, liquid glue, and Tear & Tape adhesive
  • Embellishments – Scrap ribbon and twine
  • Tools – Paper trimmer, scoring board, Stamparatus, punch, scissors

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the gift card –

  • Create an A2 card base from your half sheet (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) of cardstock.  Score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Open the card, and cut off part of the top of the inside half of the card.  Measure 1 1/2″ from the top of the card.  Cut to the score line, as pictured below.

  • Stamp your sentiment within the bottom 1″ of the largest piece of DSP, as pictured below.

  • Use the PDF linked below to score the smaller two pieces of DSP.

Gift Card Box Dimensions

  • Pictured below are examples of the DSP pieces after they have been scored and the corners cut out.  [The DSP pattern on the piece for the bottom of the box is slightly different than the example gift card I shared above 🙂 ]

  • If you would like, add scrap pieces of paper or ribbon to both pieces of the box, as pictured below.

  • Use glue dots to adhere the side folds and bottom/top fold together.  The steps are pictured below.
  • If you would like, corner round the top corners of the front of your card and the top of the stamped piece of DSP with the Essential Tag punch.
  • Adhere the stamped DSP piece to the card front.
  • Use liquid glue (just a little goes a long way) on the pleated folds on the bottom of the box, and attach the piece for the bottom of the box just above the sentiment.  Since the bottom of the box is pleated and only the back pleat is adhered, the bottom of the box will pop-up from the card front.

  • Add liquid glue to just the bottom of the folds for the gift box top, and slide this over the gift box bottom piece.  The pleats should align.  You’ll be able to adjust the height of the gift box to the size you would like.  See the pictures below.
  • Before you add the final embellishments to the front of the card, create the pocket for the gift card to the back of the card.  If you would like, you can decorate the flap where the gift card will be before you add the Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  • Place the gift card on the inside back of the card.  Add Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back around the gift card, as pictured.  The highest of the three pieces in the middle is placed just below where the gift card will be.  This piece of adhesive will make sure the gift card doesn’t fall down all the way into the pocket!  Take the wax paper off the Tear & Tape Adhesive, and adhere the back of the card to the front.

  • If you would like to use the gift card as an ornament, be sure to punch a hole in the top center before you add the final embellishments.  A piece of twine can be added to the top for the tree hanger.
  • Add your final embellishments as you would like.  The example include scrap white ribbon and pieces of the gold Simply Elegant Trim.

I hope you enjoy making these fun gift card holders.  They can be made for any occasion.  Just change the DSP to celebrate birthdays, weddings, graduations, and more!  Pictured below are three examples of this design.  They really are fun to make.

Please hop on over to see what Tracie has made to share with all of us.  I know it will be amazing.  All of the amazing artists who are in this month’s blog hop are shown below.  Be sure to check out everyone’s projects.

Also below are the main products that I used to create my gift card holder.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my online store.

Inky hugs,

November 2022 Blog Hoppers –
Tina Lesson
Toni Campana
Kelly Taranto
Frances Wagner
Kristine Vicente
Laurie Meier  <——- YOU ARE HERE
Tracie Evans Langley

Main Products Used to Make the Gift Card Holders –




17 thoughts on “Scrappy Christmas Gift Card Holders – NC Demos Blog Hop

  1. Tina Lesson says:

    Love it going to have to make some. My class is always looking for grift card holders thanks for sharing

    • Laurie Meier says:

      Awesome! I hope the folks in your class like making these gift card holders. They are a great way to use up scraps!

  2. Toni Campana says:

    These are darling!! We give gift cards mainly because the “kids” are all getting older and it’s hard to buy for them, and they love getting them so they can shop for themselves 🙂 I’m going to definitely give your design a try. Thanks so much for sharing all the details!

    • Laurie Meier says:

      Toni – Thanks so much! We’re also giving gift cards more and more lately. It is very hard to buy for the grandkids, and we know that they will use the gift cards for something they really want. These gift card holders are super fun to make.

    • Laurie Meier says:

      Nita – I’m so glad you like the gift card holder. It really is a fun project! I hope you and your family have an absolutely wonderful holiday!

    • Laurie Meier says:

      Kelly – Thanks so much! I’m still making gift card holders using this design! It’s a great way to use up scrap DSP 🙂 Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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