Monday, December 5, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Christmas Gifts

Hi Everyone! It's time for a new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is, Christmas Gifts and we're featuring Simon Says Stamp products. I created a gift card holder that was really easy to make and it wouldn't take long to make a bunch of them. I have a lot of teachers for which I have to give gifts and these little gift card holders are perfect. Putting a personal touch on a gift, even if it's just the card holder, can make someone feel very special. Who doesn't love a gift that's handmade. I think it's the best way to put a little smile on someone's face. There are only a few steps involved in creating this gift card holder. Below you will find step by step instructions, with photos, for some inspiration. 

Also, this month we have guest designer, Cate Dixson, an amazing 15 yr. old crafter. Check out her project this week here and leave some love on her post. Enjoy!

I use Simon Says Stamp's Snowflakes for the Season die set to create the snowflakes for the gift card. I cut them out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock

I use Tammy Tutterow's Trifold Pocket Page for the gift card holder and cut that out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock. I place the snowflakes on the face of the card holder to see where I want to adhere them after I ink the card holder.

I use Fired Brick and Forest Moss Distress Ink to color the card holder, blending the colors together with a Ranger Mini Ink Blending tool.

After applying the two colors of distress ink, I spray over the inked areas with water using a Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. I apply a fine mist, as well as some large droplets, of water and let that sit for a few seconds. I then roll over the card holder with a paper towel roll.

When the card holder is completely dry, I stamp on the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Background stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink on the front of the card holder using a Misti stamping tool. I place a piece of scrap paper over the bottom of the card holder so the background stamp only gets stamped onto the front of the card holder.


Next, I adhere the snowflakes onto the card holder with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. When the glue is completely dry, I cut off the excess snowflakes that are hanging over the edges of the card holder. 

For the bow, I color a piece of crinkle ribbon with Fired Brick Distress Ink mixed with water and dry it with a heat tool. I crinkle the ribbon in my hand while it's drying.

If you're interested in seeing how I tie a shabby bow, you can find a full tutorial here.

I cut another trifold pocket page out of a sheet of card stock from the Tim Holtz Tidings collection and adhere it to the inside of the card holder.

I adhere a gift card to the inside of the gift card holder with glue dots.

To finish the gift card holder, I adhere the shabby bow to the top of the holder and add some half pearls to the center of the snowflakes.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing the process I used to create my gift card holder. Please join us in all the fun and add your project to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their amazing store.

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  1. Lovely card holder! The blending of colors and drop marks are fantastic with addidion of the black letters. Love the sweet snowflakes! Hugs, Macarena

  2. Gorgeous gift card holder, Cathie! I love how the snowflakes POP! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  3. Cathie, beautiful gift card holder! Beautiful background with the words, and love the bling you added to the snowflakes! maura

  4. beautiful gift card holder stunning those snowflakes look against your beautifully coloured background...enjoy your weekend...hugs kath xxx

  5. What a cute way to gift gift cards!!! Love the process and i also love the snowflakes!! xx

  6. Love your beautiful gift card holder, Cathie. The colors are so pretty! :)

  7. Whoa! This is red and green totally modernized! I love how you took traditional colors and made them look so new and fresh! This is definitely a gift card holder that is as cool as whatever card would ever be inside it!

  8. A beautiful gift tag, Cathie and I adore the colours, so pretty and so Christmassy! :) <3


  9. What a beautiful and original way to package a gift card! Love these shades of red and green, traditional but not too much! Fabulous! Barbara

  10. Such a stunning gift card holder, Cathie! Love it! The snowflakes are amazing too! So cool! Hugs, Sandra


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