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Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays? | VIDEO

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays? 

If not, how come?  They’re really not much different than cards, but sometimes we find them intimidating.  Let me turn them into something you’re going to want to make ALL the time.   I’ll show you how quick and fabulous they can be to make in my video. Let’s take a peek.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

Whadda ya think? Heads and tails better than those measly little envelopes you get at the big box stores, right?

This version is made with the gorgeous Joyous Noel designer paper, the Winter Woods bundle and the Timeless Tidings stamp set.  In my video I use the Frosted Floral DSP for a different look and feel. 

There’s a cool belly band the tree and greeting are attached to that slides right off so you can open the card to peek inside.  Not to mention a lovely inside envelope to tuck your gift card into.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

How about I show you everything we’ll be using in the video so you can get prepared too? 

OK, let’s dive right in!

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays?


Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Merry Merlot cardstock – 4 1/2” x 8 1/4”, scored at 2 3/4” and 6 3/4”
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock – 1 1/4” x 8 1/2”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 1 piece 3” x 4 1/4”, 1 piece 2 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Designer Series Paper – 1 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, 1 piece 2 1/2” x 4”
  • Glimmer paper – 1 piece 3” x 6”

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

So are you going to give one a try?  For another version complete with a bow on top, check out this easy gift card holder.  

Or maybe you’d like another video?  This one is for a right angle fold holder which also doubles as a card. 

I love the personal touches you can add to your own gift card holders.  Make them specific to whoever on your list.   Need a guy one?  Choose navy, browns or greys.  A sweet sixteen?  Pinks, glimmer and bling are da bomb!  Or for your farmer grandparents?  Something plaid and rustic will fit the bill.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

Some designer paper, your envelope punch board and all my video how-to’s are all you need to answer YES if I were to ask you.  “Do you make gift card holders for the holidays”?

Easy Handmade Gatefold Card for Fall

My easy handmade gatefold card for fall makes you feel like there’s already crunchy leaves underfoot.  I don’t want to rush it, but I also don’t want you to miss out on the fabulous Colour Your Season special.  

It’s an exclusive and beautiful stamp set with gorgeous dies you can use year round, not just for fall.  But it’s only available this month (or while supplies last).  

I have to say I am totally in love with the label dies.  But before I get into the nitty-gritty of why exactly they’re to-die-for see how I’ve combined them with the leaf stamps for this easy greeting.  


let's make an easy handmade gatefold card for fall


It’s hard for me to decide.  Whether I like the leaves best or the flowers like I used on my congrats card.  Or it might even be the holly I used for my last Keep It Simple Sunday design where there was not a stitched label to be found (believe it or not!).

Which image do you like the best?

easy handmade gatefold card for fall

Gatefold cards are probably my go-to design for something just a little bit different.  Probably because it’s not one I need to grab my instructions to remember how to make 😜.  So I can say with confidence this is an easy handmade gatefold card for fall you’ll be able to make quickly and easily.

If you like them too, check out this other fall design using sentiments from the Painted Harvest set.  


I love colour your season easy handmade gatefold card for fall

Top Tips for my Easy Handmade Gatefold Card for Fall


  • Stamp the leaves onto watercolour paper in Memento ink and colour with watercolour pencils.  (Note: I might leave just a tad more room for my greeting next time.)
  • Colour leaves with watercolour pencil crayons, blending and overlapping colours to get a vibrant mix of gold, red, orange and green.
  • Use your Wink of Stella to wet the pigment of the watercolour pencils rather than your AquaPainter for a subtle shimmer.
  • Glue your detailed fold glimmer leaves to the BACK of the smaller die and let dry.
  • Add adhesive to the top of the folded card and glue down your Early Espresso label rather than putting adhesive on the label and perhaps putting it too far into the middle.
  • Glue the two pieces of Granny Apple Green ribbon to the large label first where it will be INSIDE the adhesive of the smaller label on top.
  • Use Foam Adhesive Strips to adhere the top label so you have a sturdy raised label.
  • Decorate the inside too with a couple more detailed leaves in the same colour as your watercoloured leaves. Mine are So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.

easy handmade gatefold card for fall


This particular card has a landscape orientation so I could use that oh-so-lovely large stitched label framelit.  I think it’s so cool how the card can stand on its own.


My favourite colour your season easy handmade gatefold card for fall


So do you want to know why hands down, these dies are my FAVE out of the ENTIRE bundle?

Why you’ll love the Stitched Seasons dies

  1. There are three sizes.  It makes nesting them sooooo easy.  Nest two like I did here, or all three for a WOW effect.  Or use one all on its own for a focal point.
  2. You see stitching on both the inside AND the outside of the label, so when you run it through your Big Shot, you get two-for-the-work-of-one cut!  LUVH it!
  3. The shape is not too boxy, not too oval-ish and not super feminine so I can use it for a male just as easily as a female.
  4. Size matters!  The large one fits wonderfully on a regular A2 card and you can even cut it out for a peek through card with enough paper left on the sides.
  5. The label looks equally at home in a portrait or landscape orientation (you’ll see it in action both ways this coming week).

I know I’m going to be awfully sad when they (and the set) disappear at the end of August (or quite possibly sooner).   Make sure you don’t miss out on them and get yours now just by clicking on the image below.


time to make an easy handmade gatefold card for fall

If you’re starting to feel sort of fall-ish like me, it’s the ideal time to run into your craft area and get busy.  Cooler weather, a cosy cup of tea and your Colour Your Season bundle at the ready for gorgeous one-of-a-kind cards. 

Enjoy this easy handmade gatefold card for fall and I hope it inspires you to get some card making done!  

Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder | VIDEO

Make a right angle fold gift card holder with my new video.  Last week I shared this gift card holder I designed with the Tropical Escape designer series paper.  I was asked if I had a video for it and I thought, well, sure why not?  

But if you’re going to do a video, you might as well do something just a smidge different, right?  So here’s my updated birthday gift card holder made with the awesome Broadway Bound speciality designer paper. 

Can you take a guess where it’s different?  (If you can’t wait and need to know now, check out the video now😄)

New VIDEO to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder

This paper is awesome!  Seeing as it has my latest, greatest, favourite colours, it was a must to grab a package.  Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, set off with Basic Black and Whisper White.   Cheerful, cute and perfect for just about anyone’s birthday…maybe even a guy?

But before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going  to need if you’re going to follow along and make it with me.

I’ve got two more designs in the video you’re going to want to catch too.  So let’s get right to it.


Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


Now, don’t you think it looks a lot more complicated than it actually is?  Which version did you like the best?

Here are the measurements so you can make your own:

  • Lovely Lipstick 1 full sheet 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock, scored at 4 1/4”, then turned 90 degrees and scored at 5 1/2”
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces 3 3/4” x 5”, 1 cut on the diagonal
  • Basic Black – 1 piece 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Broadway Bound Designer Series paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, cut on the diagonal

Happy Birthday Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


The Special Celebrations stamp set works fabulously with this paper.  It has a matched outside and inside greeting, something I really miss in some of our sets.  

right angle fold gift card holder


This one set covers so many different occasions.: baby, wedding, birthday, thank you, thinking of you and friend…  I predict it’s one you’ll use forever!


Who Wouldn't Want this Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


With this right angle fold gift card holder, don’t you love how that card fits in the pocket?  It has a bit of an unexpected orientation standing on its short edge.  But if you had a slightly smaller inside greeting, the card will easily fit the other way too and peek out to the left.


Quick & EASY to Make a Right Angle Fold Gift Card Holder


Well, now you’ve seen four different versions of this fun and quick right angle fold gift card holder, you’ve got lots of ideas to get started creating your own!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Rubber Stamps

Today’s the day – it’s time to use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps.  No more putting it off, let’s pull off them caps.  Now admittedly it may not be the sexiest stamping technique on the planet, but boy-oh-boy does it give you colouring power and flexibility!

But can we get personal for just a moment?  

  • Are you in luhv with all the new Stampin’ Up! colours?  
  • Do you have colour envy when you see someone else flaunting Mango Melody, Merry Merlot or Mossy Meadow? 
  • But is your budget stretched a teensy too thin to get all the stamp pads right now?  

Well here’s how you can flaunt a Shaded Spruce, Poppy Parade or a Granny Apple Green right back at ’em!  Grab a set of Stampin Write markers for colouring directly onto your rubber stamps.  Then get ready to get more from your crafting tools!  

Take a peek at today’s project (which has a bit of a surprise element 😉) and uses the pretty Tropical Escapes designer series paper.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Doesn’t that feel like a breath of fresh – tropical – air?  Crisp and cool with three colours of green. Soft Seafood, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  Plus one sparkly little Petal Pink rhinestone gem for a bit of pizzazz.  And there’s still time to get this lovely Tropical Escape 6”x6” pack free when you buy three others. Isn’t it pretty?


use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps

I firmly believe this simple little colouring technique gets overlooked. A lot!  And it’s so gosh-darn simple.  

Here ’s all you need to do.

  1. Make sure to use the brush marker tip end
  2. Colour directly onto the stamp using the SIDE of the marker (TIP1: colour some parts one colour and other parts another if you like)
  3. “Huff” (don’t spit or blow, just a huff like you’ve been running and are out of breath 😉) directly onto the stamp (TIP2: the “huffing” remoistens the ink in case it dried while you were colouring)
  4. Stamp onto your paper – instant presto, multiple colours!

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

That’s exactly what I did for both the greetings on this card.  (And that’s the ONLY stamping so this card is ultra fast.)  I first inked the “Thinking of” in Granny Apple Green marker, then the “you” in Shaded Spruce.  I huffed and stamped and it was all over in a flash.

But wait just a minute.  “Both” greetings?  Where’s the second one?  Wanna see the surprise part?

let's use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Did you think it was a gatefold card?  I just used a long piece of cardstock and folded it into the middle.  I have a second greeting from the Another Wonderful Year set on the inside too.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

why not use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Make this card today


  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 2 3/4” and 8 1/4”
  • Soft Seafoam cardstock – two pieces 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Tropical Escape designer series paper – one piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and second piece 7/8” x 3 7/8”  (TIP3: you will have enough left over from the 6” x 6” piece for the flap of your envelope.)
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – one 1 1/2” x 4 1/4” and one 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 1” x 4 1/2”
  • Granny Apple Green 1/2” ribbon – about 6”

how easy is it to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps



  1. Glue DSP to one piece of Soft Seafoam then to the left-hand panel of folded Granny Apple Green card.  (TIP4: put glue onto the card front rather than the back of the Soft Seafood panel.)
  2. Stamp greeting onto the strip of Whisper White using steps above.
  3. Insert end into the Triple Banner punch and cut end.  Do the same with the strip of Shaded Spruce and glue it underneath the white strip.
  4. Wrap ribbon around left side and knot.  Trim ends.
  5. Attach to left side of the card with dimensionals.  Add Petal Pink rhinestone gem to the right-hand side.
  6. Adhere a small strip of DSP to piece of large Whisper White on the left-hand side.
  7. Stamp second greeting using same technique onto Whisper White for the inside.
  8. Glue to piece of Soft Seafoam then to the inside of the card.

Decorate envelope with the remaining piece of DSP.  Glue to back flap with SNAIL then cut around the flap.

Have you already got some Stampin’ Writes and they’re gathering dust?  If you do, it’s time to get them out and get busy!  And if you want to add instant colouring options for your rubber stamping, pick up one or two now simply by clicking on the image.  Thanks so much.

it's easy to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

There are lots more you can do with your Stampin’ Writes.  Simple colouring in of images is another awesome way to get realistic images. Check out this pretty lady card or this cute puppy card coloured this way.  

No matter which way you use your markers, you can immediately add more variety to your card making with this simple, versatile and inexpensive tool. 

So remember, today’s the day!  Go grab ‘em and use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps and get some cards ready for the mail.

Use Your Die Cutting Machine for a Diorama Card

Today let’s use your die cutting machine for a diorama card.  Yesterday I shared how to get more life from your crafting supplies with two takes on a Big Shot card.  Check it out here!

Now, I want to share this fabulous sailboat shadow box card made by my friend Joanne, also using her Big Shot in a few different ways.  You’re going to want these dies when you see how sweet it is!

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Isn’t it SO cute?  What little – or big – boy wouldn’t get a kick out of this?

And isn’t it just the perfect time of year for this little gem?  Kids are out of school, the calendar says it’s vacation time and the sun is shining (well not here ☹️ but hopefully in your little piece of the world)!  What better time to share a fun card like this?

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Joanne’s a big bundle fan and she used one from a couple years back, to create her card.  It makes card making so easy when you have stamps with perfectly sized framelits and thinlits, and coordinating images.  Plus, why not get them at 10% when you can?

While the bundle only sticks around for one catalogue stint, the stamp sets and thinlits are still available.  This cute card uses the Swirly Bird stamp set…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

And the Swirly Scribbles thinlits…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


I have to say my thinlits have seen more love than my stamps (in fact that’s ALL I used for this classy navy and white card), and I do sometimes forget about it sitting there with all the other exciting new things😬. (You don’t do that too do you?)  But with fun cards like this, I just may need to blow off the dust and see what I can create.

Here’s everything you will need to make this card just like Joanne.

How to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card


  1. Us the Swirly Scribbles thinlits to cut two sets of “waves” with blue paper (Joanne used Dapper Denim, now retired) and set aside.
  2. Cut out two clouds with Up & Away thinlits.
  3. Cut two pieces of Whisper White 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” and score both on the 5 1/2” length at 1/4” and 1”.
  4. Run your 3” Layering Circle through Big Shot in front centre of one piece.
  5. Cut one smaller piece of cardstock 1 1/2” x 5” and score at 1/4” on each end of the long strip.


  1. Stamp “sun” onto Daffodil Delight cardstock and punch out with 1 1/4” circle punch.
  2. Stamp sailboat in three colours (Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover) on Whisper White and cut out with scissors.
  3. Ink words from Sunshine Sayings in Memento ink and stamp onto light yellow cardstock and corner round the edges.



  1. Sponge blue ink onto remaining full sheet of 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” white card (with score lines on the right hand side). 
  2. Adhere sun and add clouds with dimensionals.


  1. Glue “waves” to the front of small 1 1/2” x 5” piece of cardstock. 
  2. Adhere sailboat on the left so sail extends over the top.


  1. Glue the “waves” onto bottom of the remaining White panel, cutting flush with the scored edge on one side and the cut edge on the right hand side.
  2. Sponge coordinating blue ink for a subtle effect, darker along the bottom behind the waves than the top.
  3. Draw on birds with black marker.

Here’s a couple tips for assembling the card.

  1. Add glue to both 1/4” strips and place together for the front and back pieces, making sure all images and waves are facing forward.
  2. And for the inside strip…

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

It’s a toss up whether these are shadow box cards or a diorama card.  Which one do you think it is?  But whichever you call it this fun design will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.  

use your die cutting machine for a diorama card

Working with your coordinated stamp sets and framelits is just one more way to add excitement to your creations.  So why not try to use your die cutting machine for a diorama card that combines framelits, thinlits and stamping, just like this one – or with one your design all on your own?

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