This is another of my Picture Tutorials, so be warned it is a long post and features pictures for every step of instructions.
The inspiration for this originally came from a video posted on YouTube by Dawn Griffith for making a Tea Bag Holder, this was then adapted and after several trial versions I ended up with the version you see here.
To create this Gift Card Holder you will need 2 pieces of Card Stock & 1 piece of co-ordinating patterned paper.
The first piece of Card stock is cut at 23x7.5cm and the second at 8x6.5cm
The patterned paper is cut at 19x185cm
One you have the card & paper cut, put the smaller piece of card stock (8c6.5cm) to one side as it will be used later.
The first job it to score the card stock & patterned paper ready for folding.
|Along the 23cm edge of the Card stock score down at 9.5cm, 10.5cm, 20.5cm & finally at 21.5cm.|
|Along the 19cm edge of the paper score down at 9cm & 10cm|
|Turn the paper round by 90 degrees and then score down at 7cm & 14cm|
|Fold each of the score lines on the Card Stock|
|Add Double Sided Tape to the 1cm tab (on the patterned side) and fold along the score lines, this will create a flat tube before you fold the score lines in the middle|
|Add a small strip of double sided tape between the centre folders of the card stock (make sure that you keep it to the middle and not more than 2cm in length)|
|Place the folded paper insert into the center of the card stock|
|Punch 2 holes between the center folders - If you put double sided tape along the length of the centre you would end up with a sticky whole punch|
|The tape is only to hold the insert in place while you secure it with either: Brads, Eyelets or Ribbon. In this case I have used Ribbon, but Brads or eyelets both work just as well|
|Opps, this should have been done before I secured the insert, but I forgot - Using a 1.5 Inch circle punch, cut a semi-circle out of each end of the paper insert, this helps insert and remove the gift tag, gift card or tea bag|
|It is then down to you to decorate the front of the holder, this one was done for a Birthday and I used some of the patterned paper on the front of the holder as well|
|Here you see the inside of the holder, the final touch is to insert the smaller piece of card stock that you cut, this will form a card for you to write a message to the recipient of this gift.|
Now you have finished the holder it is up to you what you want to put into the 2nd pocket. My first design was to include a Tea Bag as gift - but I found that the dimensions given in Dawn's video did not work for British Tea Bags (the ones that come sealed in their own little package - like you get in hotels), so I took her idea and ended up with these measurements.
I took one of my prototypes with me to our Wednesday crop and showed it to the others to ask what they thought. Sue F said that she though she had an idea and disappeared out of the room, when she returned she had with her a this poem...
On Christmas Day
at half past three,
Brew yourself a cup of tea,
And I'll think of you,
While you think of me
sitting by the Christmas Tree.