As promised, today we are not only sharing this gift card holder but a "how to" achieve a soft suede look as a background on your project by using just your stamp pad. There is still time to make one of these to give to that special someone in your life for Valentine's Day!
A 3x6 envelope, ink pad, card stock, patterned paper, a bone folder, glue, punches and other goodies for embellishments.
Lay your envelope flat and with your stamp pad every so lightly run it back and forth and up and down over your envelope until you have the desired look and depth of color.
This is called direct-to-paper and can be done on any paper to create a wonderful background.
First, fold the envelope in half, creasing well.
Next, fold the flap with the adhesive in half, using the glue as your guide, simply crease the flap along the bottom of the glue line. Dampen the glue or use a tape runner to glue this part of the flap down.
Now you are ready to start on the "gift card holder insert" that will slide into the envelope, just under the flap.
On the top which is the 3-3/8" side, using your 1/2" circle punch to create the small half circle which allows you to grasp the card.
Along the bottom, punch one time using the slot punch to create the flap to hold the gift card.
The polka dot strip is 1/2" x 3-3/8". The heart was punched from the same paper using the Stampin' Up! small heart punch.
Now you are ready to decorate the front, which is the bottom part of the envelope.
Cut a piece of patterned paper 3-3/8" x 2-5/8" and glue to the front.
To create an embellishment and the closure for the holder we stamped an image from the Stampin' Up! Vintage Label set onto Naturals Ivory card stock using Blushing Bride ink. It was punched out using the scallop punch.
You can create any embellishment for the center. We chose an element from My Minds Eye called Market Street "Love Brads".
Put this element together and glue just the very top of it to the top of your flap.
Once you have glued the first scallop onto the flap, glue either the negative or positive piece of the magnet in the center of the back side of your scallop. Glue the second scallop over the top being careful to glue only around the edges, not on top of magnet. Add another small punched heart if desired.
You can now place the other part of your magnet right on top of the other (which is under the paper) so you can add glue to it and close the flap allowing the glue to dry. When it's dry your second magnet will be in the right place for the perfect closure every time.
" For You" is also a stamp from Vintage Labels. It's stamped on Naturals Ivory in Early Espresso and punched out using the small oval and layered on the large oval which is Blushing Bride card stock. Dimensionals were used to adhere the message.
Another great Friday; another fun project! Have a wonderful weekend!
Melissa & Gayla