No Frills Foiled Gift Cards

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

A gift card may not be fancy, but it is easy to give this time of year when you have a ton of people to buy for.  I actually love getting them!  Why not though, take a little time to make your own little pocket card for it?  It adds a little extra special touch and a place to write a nice message for your gift.

I started off by creating some 4 bar notecards from white cardstock.  This smaller size measures 3 ½”x 4 7/8”.  Simply take an 8 ½ x 11” piece of cardstock and trim it vertically at 7”.  Flip it horizontally and trim it at 4 7/8” twice for two cards.  Score it on a scoring board at 3 ½” and you’re ready to go.

Next, using my WRMK Precision Press Advanced, I stamped all the “Merrys” from Avery Elle’s Merry Merry stamp set down the front of one of my cards.  I used Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink—a nice bright green for Christmas.  The Distress Oxides stamp really well, but do not dry immediately, so I ran a heat gun over the card just to be sure.

After stamping my cards, I wanted to add a little foil detail in the form of three narrow stripes across the bottom of each card.  With my ruler, I drew a pencil line for where I wanted the middle stripe to be.

Using 1/8” Scor Tape, I adhered 3 strips– over the pencil line, above, and below it.  I trimmed off the excess on the sides with non-stick scissors.

I carefully peeled off the backing of the tape with a craft knife making sure not to disturb the adhesive.  This is where the craft knife comes in handy.  You want a clean, straight line to adhere the foil.

I cut a small piece of silver Deco Foil and placed it over the top of the tape.  Using a bone folder, I burnished the foil to make sure it stuck to all parts.

The fun part is peeling off the foil to reveal shiny stripes!

I added a paper bow I made using Avery Elle’s Wonky 3D bow die set and some Doodlebug Swiss Dot paper.

Mini Glue Dots are great for adhering all parts of the bow together.

For the inside pocket, I used this die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz called Gift Card Bag and some Santa’s Workshop paper from Carta Bella.  I secured the sides of the die cut with more Scor Tape, and adhered it to the inside of the card.

The little extra touches that don’t take a lot of time really make a difference.  You could try different color combos of foil and ink for even more options.  Since the bow is so 3D, I would recommend giving this gift card in a little bag with tissue paper to prevent flattening.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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