Saturday, July 10, 2010

Credit Card or Gift Card Holder Tutorial

A few months back, a very talented and creative friend came to my Stampin Up Down Line meeting and taught us all how to make these fabulous and fun credit card holders (which can also be used as gift card holders).  It was really a funny occurrence because both of us had purchased a similar item in a retail store with the intention of recreating it using Stampin Up! products.  Tee beat me to it though, and volunteered to show us all how at the down line TEAM meeting.  The credit card holders are very easy to make, go together quite quickly and use commonly found supplies too!  My Down line Team members really enjoyed the creativity, friendship and fun of the meeting… and of course they all went home with their very own demonstrable project and sample!

So, today I will share the step by step tutorial instructions based on the original design by Tee Thompson of Green Isles Crafts (with her permission of course!)


Credit Card Holder Tutorial Supply List:

    • Stamps:  Charming, Dreams Du Jour
    • Classic Inks:  Basic Black, Old Olive
    • Paper:  Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie Card Stock; Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
    • Additional supplies:
      • Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker
      • Jumbo Eyelets
      • 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon appx 7.25” per project
      • Crop-A-Dile Tool
      • On Board Chipboard
      • Vintage Brads
      • Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool
      • Tombow Multi Adhesive
      • Tombow Mono Adhesive
      • Paper snips
      • Fine point Sharpie marker
      • Fine point mechanical pencil for marking and placement of Jumbo Eyelet
      • Vertical format badge holders (from the office supply store) 2 3/4” x 4 1/8” size
      • Generic scrapbook screw posts and extenders if you want more than 6 credit card holders
      • Thicker weight pony tail holder/covered elastic pony tail holder
      • Table top paper trimmer (which can cut through chip board like butter:) and to trim the vertical badge holders as well
      • 1” circle punch and notebook paper (to punch the finger slides in the vertical badge holders)
      • cardstock corner rounder template, scissors, and sanding block to finish the corners on your chipboard  OR Zutter corner rounder – I used the pink one.

OK.. are you ready to have some fun??

First, gather all the supplies you will need for the tutorial.. duh!  Here’s what the vertical badge holders look like, in and out of the package:vertical badge holders from local office supply store

Let’s begin!

  1. Cut TWO On Board Chipboard to 4.25” x 3”  round corners by either means as described above in the supply list. 
  2. Use the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to add color to the edges of both pieces of cut onboard chipboard.
  3. Cut FOUR pieces of DSP to 4.25” x 3” and corner round the pieces to match the onboard chipboard cut pieces.
  4. Attach the Designer Series Paper to the chipboard with Tombow Multi Adhesive… spreading a very thin layer, make sure to tack all the edges down well.
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly and then use a sanding block to sand and smooth any rough edge cuts.
  6. Punch a 3/8” hole with the Crop-a-dile tool in the upper left corner of one of the Designer Series Paper covered Onboard Chipboard pieces… appx. 1/4” from the top and side edges.created by you punched onboard chipboard
  7. Line the punched piece up with the un-punched piece and use the fine point mechanical pencil to mark where the hole will go in the second piece of chipboard.
  8. Use the Crop A Dile tool to punch a hole where you have marked the second piece of OnBoard Chipboard.  Both pieces should line up perfectly now!
  9. Decide which piece will be the cover for your project, and place it on your work surface right side up.
  10. Fold the 5/8” grosgrain ribbon so that it overlaps itself 1.5” on one end, and insert the pony tail holder into the fold of the ribbon.
  11. Use Tombow Mono Adhesive to attach the ribbon to itself appx 3/8” from the fold.. you do not want to get adhesive on the pony tail holder.pony tail holder secured with ribbon
  12. Run Tombow Mono Adhesive along the backside of the grosgrain ribbon… to within 1/2” of the fold.
  13. Turn the cover Onboard Chipboard upside down on your work surface (so that the front faces down and the punched corner is in the top right corner)inside front cover credit card holder cbyu
  14. Center the ribbon on the project and align the non-looped end with the right edge of the chipboard… wrapping around and OVER to the front of the chipboard piece, turning the chipboard as you work.front cover before brad punched
  15. Use the pencil to make a mark on the cover chipboard piece centered vertically along the right edge, and appx. 5/8” in.
  16. Use the 5/8” punch of the Crop-A-Dile tool to align with the pencil mark, and make a hole for the jumbo eyelet.
  17. Use paper snips to enlarge the hole slightly, and trim any ribbon fragments.
  18. Insert the Jumbo Eyelet, and use the larger setting of the Crop A Dile tool to card holder inside front cover front outside cover credit card holder
  19. Trim 1/4” from the non-punched, sealed end of the vertical badge holders (aka the bottom of the vertical badge holder) so that it now measures 2 3/4” wide x 3 7/8” high.  The badge holder on the right has been trimmed.P7090023
  20. Center one of the trimmed badge holders on one of the DSP covered chipboard, so that the open end is away from the post hole.  Use a sharpie to mark where the post hole will be punched.
  21. Use the Crop-A-Dile tool to punch the corner of the marked vertical badge holder, and then use the first badge holder as a guide to punch the remaining vertical badge holders.
  22. Insert the 1” punch between the layers of the open end of the vertical badge holder.. only half way, so that you can punch a crescent shape for easing access to credit cards.  
  23. TIP:  If your punch encounters resistance, insert a sheet of typing paper with the plastic.  Punching through both plastic and paper works better for some reason.  P7090021
  24. Repeat for all open ends of the vertical badge holders.
  25. Now align your covers with the vertical badge holders between, and insert the screw posts and tighten.
  26. Decorate cover.. you may want to measure the space remaining for decoration.  In my sample, the pumpkin pie cardstock was cut 3 1/8” x 2 1/8” and the Whisper White Cardstock was cut to 3” x 2”.  Holes for the brads were marked with a mat pack and paper piercing tool after stamping and assembling the two layers.

Here’s a photo of the opened Credit Card or Gift Card Holder:

Credit Card Holder Open Created By You

And.. of course here is how it looks closed.. isn’t it fun??

Created By You Credit Card Holder Closed View

Hope you liked this tutorial.. You can purchase most of the supplies for this project at my Online Stampin’ Up! Store

Be sure to stop by my friend Tee’s Blog Green Isle Crafts and give her a big thank you too!

Stampin’ Hugs,


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Peg Coombes - pegcraftalot said...

I want (need) to make these just hope I get these holders in the UK. thanks for sharing am going googling to see if I can find them!!!

Shari Winterstein said...

Wonderful idea and a great tutorial. Thanks for blessing my day. :)

Teressa Thompson said...

the beauty of this project is that you can change the cover any time you decide that you want something different. If there's a new favorite color or DSP -- move the post and sleeves to the new cover and you have a whole new holder!

Great job yet again Sharon! This tutorial should be plugged all over the net!


Shannon said...

Thanks Sharon! I just started following.

cinmfoster said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

monikastamp said...

Sharon - this is a really cute little project. Thank you for sharing.