Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Thank You Card With Built In Gift Card Holder"

Hello Friends, Followers, Viewers and Visitors.
Have you needed to give a gift lately?  Have you had the desire to thank someone with a gift lately?
What if you don't know exactly what to purchase?  Little children are easy to shop for but what about the adults that may already have "everything".
I have grown children and one has a child of her own.  When it comes time for birthdays, anniversary, Christmas, etc., I will easily write a check and have them buy their own gift ( I know you think this is tacky but they get to buy whatever they want).
 I've recently started asking about stores and restaurants that they like to frequent so that I may get a gift card to put in a card.  In those cases I've had to put some tape on the gift card to keep it from slipping and sliding around in the envelope.
If you stay on Google and Pinterest looking for ideas and quick tips, you may have seen a homemade card that included space for a gift card holder.
I started making some to have on hand when I need them.  These are not only for family members but anyone who I have to give a gift to and especially a monetary gift or a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant.

1st card
This one is closed to show how the finished product will look
When I send it, I will include a sentiment to the front of it.

2nd Card
This one is opened to reveal where the gift card holder will go (behind the closure)
Again, the sentiment will be placed on the front when it is ready for a recipient.
3rd Card
This one is closed.
I'm thinking of using this one  for the Holiday season

4th Card
How to make a card with a built-in gift card holder:
Start with a regular base (4 1/4 by 5 1/2); 
 Next, add a mat that is 1/8 inch less than the base; 
Cut a third piece that is 1/8 inch less than the mat.  On this piece, cut a slit 1 1/4 inches from the bottom about the length of your gift card. 
 Cut another piece for the flap starting with a 2 1/2 inch wide by 4 1/2 inch long. ( This piece is cut in half giving you a 2 1/2 by 2 1/4 piece) 
 Score 1/4 inch on each side of the flaps.  Punch a hole in the center of each flap.  Here you may elect to leave the punched hole or add grommets for a neat look. 
 Place glue on the scored 1/4 inch and adhere this to the side of the mat to cover the gift card.  Cut a piece of cord or ribbon to use for a tie.

Your card is still a card with the gift card holder  built into the front.  You may elect to build this inside of the card using the same procedure.

Thanks for taking a little time to view with me today.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,
Lois

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