Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tutorial: Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder

Didn’t know WHAT to call this card… with the help of some fabulous and terrific tools, today’s tutorial will walk you step by step through just one card we made in today’s multi-layered card class!

But first… Happy St. Patrick’s Day… and a big happy shout out “Hello” to Pat, whom I met for coffee yesterday morning!tri_fold_Gift_Card_holder-Sharon_Field

Recognize those stamp sets?  The focal image, “Elementary Elegance” is just one of several stamp sets you can get FREE with a $50.00 merchandise order through the end of March!  I’ll give you a full list of supplies at the end of today’s Super Saturday Tutorial

You can order everything used in today’s tutorial at my online stampin’ up! store… and have it delivered right to your door… WOW.. and be sure to check out the clearance rack too!first_open_flap_of_tri_fold_Gift_Card_Holder

Flip the flap… this is the first opening view of the tri-fold gift card holder!right_Side_gift_card_pocket_embossed_Secure

Open one more time and a hidden gift card pocket and personal message space is revealed too!

Thanks to my old friend Karen Potts for today’s tutorial inspiration… she showed me a drop dead fabulous card a few weeks ago that totally inspired today’s tutorial!  LOL, by the time I got home I had totally changed it around in my head… my card looks NOTHING like hers!

Karen and I have were recently re-united with due to a series of unwelcome incidences and events have recently been sharing our creative expertise at frequent lunch meetings... just a week or so ago, she shared a fun and creative card which I was drawn to over and over...



Karen does such a great job of combining colors… here she used kiwi kiss, melon mambo and whisper white.. just lovely!!

Supplies you’ll need:  tri-fold gift card holder tutorial!

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance, En Francais, Herb Expressions

Papers:  River Rock, Confetti Cream, Basic Black

Inks:  Basic Black, River Rock

Awesome Die Cutting Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Framelits Labels Collection

Terrific Tools:  Curly Label Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Craft (ribbon) Scissors, Simply Scored Board

Awesome Accessories:  5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon (approximately 18” per card), Stampin’ Sponges,  Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Card Stock Cutting/Prep:  Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder

River Rock:  4.25 x 9.25” scored at 2” and 7.5”

Basic Black:  4.25” x 4.75”, 3.5” x 3”

Confetti Cream:  4.25” x 5.5” to die cut top note, 2.5” x 3”, and 1.75” square

Step by Step Tutorial…

Tri-fold Gift Card Holder

  1. Use Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss 1.75” portion of River Rock Card Stock and 4.25” x 4.75” Basic Black Card Stock.  Fold embossed flap toward middle of card and place sticky strip along two short edges, and scored edge.step1_add_sticky_tape_on_two_short_Sides_and_Fold
  2. Punch along one 4.25” edge of embossed basic black card stock using the eyelet border punch, remove sticky tape protective layer and attach embossed/punched basic black card stock to inside flap of card.attach_embossed_and_punched_basic_black_card_stock
  3. Tie approximately 18” of Basic Black Satin Ribbon into a lovely loopy bow,  around opposite river rock card stock flap.  LOL… apparently I did it a bit differently when I made the card… the basic black piece isn’t in place yet.. yikes!Step_3_add_loopy_bow_tie_on_left_Side_fold
  4. Ink the En Francais large format background stamp with Basic Black Ink and stamp the pre-cut confetti cream top note die cut. 
  5. Use River Rock ink and a wedge of stampin’ sponge to distress and sponge edges of top note die cut.
  6. On the reverse side, use the same ink and stamp sentiment from Herb Expressions Stamp set.  Slip the stamped top note die cut beneath the ribbon clad flap, center and glue in place.Attach_stamped_top_note-die_cut_to_left_fold_inside_first_folded_FLap
  7. Use Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and remaining basic black card stock piece to die cut similarly sized framelits label die.
  8. Stamp the crown/flourish/frame image from Elementary Elegance Stamp Set onto larger scrap of Confetti Cream Card Stock and use the next smaller framelits label to die cut the image.  NOTE:  you will be cutting away some of the image… that’s OK!
  9. Sponge all edges using stampin’ sponge and River Rock ink, attach to center of basic black framelits die cut.
  10. Stamp Happy Birthday greeting on remaining scrap of Confetti Cream card stock, and punch using the Curly Label punch.  After distressing the edges as in steps 8/9, center and attach to die cuts and card front as shown below.Step10_attach_framelits_label_die_cuts_and_stamped_punched_image
  11. Attach a basic Rhinestone Jewel to the top/center of the crown on the Elementary Elegance image… and you’re done!!Add_basic_rhinestone_jewel_to_embellish_crown_element

Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters!

  • When tightening your loopy bow, pull the tails in opposite directions to add interest!tighten_loopy_bow_tails-in_opposite_directions
  • When embossing pre-scored card stock feed the ‘loose’ end through the die cutting machine first to avoid additional creasing.
  • Use an office clip to squeeze/hold your stampin’ sponge wedge to keep your fingertips nice and clean.

I’ve really been impressed by some of the samples my readers are creating using my Super Saturday tutorials… and would love to feature your artwork and creations here on Created By You!  Tomorrow, I’ll share one reader’s artistic interpretation of a recent tutorial in a new guest stamper post… see you then!


Opportunity for Paper Craft Guest Artists:

If you have CASED or used one of my free tutorials to create a great project, I’d love to feature you… contact Me with a photo of your artwork along with your contact information and blog if you have one so I can link back to you!

Wow… looking back on the photos some of them really got washed out!!  Trust me, it really was river rock card stock from frame to frame, LOL… my class attendees can confirm!!



Shop Online for today’s Tri Fold Card Tutorial Supplies:31712_tutorial_Shopping_list_Createdbyu_blogspot

Stamps: Elementary Elegance* WM 125120, CM 125122; En Francais WM 109521; Herb Expressions WM 113224

Papers: River Rock 108640, Confetti Cream 102835, Basic Black 121045

Inks: Basic Black 101179, River Rock 109010

Awesome Die Cutting Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine 113439, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 119976, Top Note Bigz Die 113463, Framelits Labels Collection 125598

Terrific Tools: Curly Label Punch 119851, Eyelet Border Punch 119853, Craft (ribbon) Scissors 108360, Simply Scored Board 122334

Awesome Accessories: 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon 117285 (approximately 18” per card), Stampin’ Sponges 101610, Sticky Strip 104294, Basic Rhinestone Jewels 119246 

* Available as Sale-A-Bration Free Item With $50 merchandise order through March 31, 2012

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Lorican said...

I acctually saw this card in person and the double fold base is deffinatly river rock ( not that anyone would boubt you) LOL! The camera never does them justice the are always 3x as gorgeous in person! Try for yourself you will see!

Fabiola said...

trop bien j'aime cette élégance, biz

Charlotte said...

Oh, soooo elegant! I always LOVE to see cards folded in a non-traditional way, and I really love this color combo (along with the stamp set you used). Karen's card brought a huge smile. That "sentiment" is soooo true!

Ellis said...

Gorgeous cards! =) Will see if I can make a card like that one day!
Hugs, Elenor

Vicky W said...

Oh this looks interesting Sharon. Am going to attempt this & msaybe use for my volunteer class next week. Thanks so much for the great tutorial.

Lisa808 said...

Sharon, your card is so beautiful and elegant. Your friend's card is so fun.

Cindy W. said...

Sharon, THANK YOU for giving us the printer friendly option!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Great tutorial! Sharon, both cards are lovely, but the black card is especially elegant. Gorgeous!

Libby said...

Gorgeous project and wonderful tutorial. Thanks Sharon for being so generous in sharing your wonderful talent :)

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Love the hidden gift card, what a unique holder. Thanks so much for all the tutorials you do! I made several of your ornaments with the vellum rosettes. Mine were slightly different based on materials/tools I had, but you really made me look like a genius, everyone loved them!

ellouise1969 said...

Love this has gone in the "gunna file' with a lot of other inspirational ideas too.

Patrice H said...

What a beautiful card and I love the folds on it. I really like interactive cards!