The joy and beauty of the holiday season is in bloom on another magnificent day of our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials! We are thrilled that you are joining us! Today we're going to share another splendid holiday card by Gloria Stengel. Then Denise Johnson will share a marvelous gift card holder mini album! There's a fun and easy tutorial that Denise created that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating this amazing gift! We're having a fun and festive time on today's heartwarming Graphic 45 blog! Let the holiday inspiration begin!
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On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a gorgeous card created by Gloria! Behold this exquisite and colorful card that commemorates the 7 Swans a Swimming! This card has such a classic look with its elegantly layered papers and stunning embellishments. Look at how Gloria painted the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole to give it a lovely wintry appeal. It's these sweet little details that give this card such an incredible allure. Get inspired to create your own gorgeous holiday cards with 12 Days of Christmas! They are perfect for everyone on your list! Here is what Gloria had to say about this timeless treasure.
I gave this card lots of small layers and added sparkle by using metallic cardstock. I stayed true to the vintage feel of the paper by adding vintage-look embellishments.
I painted a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples with white paint. When it was dry, I rubbed it with glitter glue to add sparkle. I glued pearls to the "screw holes" of the keyhole. I paired the fancy keyhole with vintage flowers and a crystal spray.
I die cut the swan image and matted it with dark green cardstock. I hand cut the sentiment to look like a vintage banner. A bit of chalk ink makes it look like an old sign.
I decorated the inside of the card with a sticker and a few strips of paper.
Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Berry Red, Light Totally Tan, Elan Metallics Mocha
Flowers, leaf: Petaloo
Crystal Spray: Pro 31 Designs
Pearls: Couture Creations
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Large and Small Labels
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Star Dust
Paint: white acrylic
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue
And now it's time for a super fun gift tutorial! Gift cards are great, but have you ever wanted to add more of a personal touch to your gift cards? Well now you can with Denise's gorgeous handmade gift card holder! This is the perfect way to personalize your gift cards and turn them into absolute treasures! Let the charming papers and embellishments from 12 Days of Christmas inspire your creativity! Follow along with Denise's amazing step-by-step tutorial to turn your gift cards into a true work of art this holiday season! Take it away, Denise!
Create this gift card holder to share with someone very special this Christmas season. Stuff each pocket with a gift card, money or loving thoughts and memories. This fun gift also doubles as a beautiful ornament for the tree!
Scrap File Folders
5” Circle Template
Button, band & tinker pin
Gina’s Designs Steampunk Doily
Start with a 5” circle template. (I used a leftover chipboard book page I used in another project).
Using the 8x8 12 Days papers, trace a circle onto each sheet. I positioned each circle to include the 2 days depicted on the paper inside each circle.
You’ll end up with 6 circles.
You will also need to cut a cover circle (green pattern) and circles to cover the backs (a total of 6 additional circles). I used a variety of papers from the 6x6 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad.
Using the circle template again, trace and cut 7 circles out of chipboard (I used scrap file folders) also cut 5- 2”-3” strips of linen tape.
Lay the chipboard/file folder circles in a line, with the edges not quite touching.
Attach the circles together using the linen tape stripes.
Cover each circle with the 12 Days circles, starting with days 1&2, then 3&4....etc.
On the backside of the Days 1&2 circle (which will be the cover), cover with the green pattern circle (cut in step 4)
Decorate & embellish cover as shown.
Add button closure
Once your cover is complete, flip the project back to the 12 days side and add a gift card pocket and embellish each page.
After your pocket/gift card holder pages are complete, turn the project over and cover each of the backsides with the circles cut in (step 4)
Add a ribbon to the top of each circle.
Add desired content to each pocket, share and enjoy!!
Wow, wasn't that fun, G45ers?! There's more fabulous inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog as we continue our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials event! We hope you'll stop by and see us for more amazing ideas and holiday fun. Big thanks to Gloria and Denise for their gorgeous work today. We had so much fun sharing today's breathtaking creations with you! We want to wish you all a very happy day. Thank you so much for visiting our blog! We hope to see you again soon.
Happy Holiday Papercrafting!
Your Friends at Graphic 45