Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pop Up Gift Card Holder Tutorial


Hello everyone!  Today I am honored to have been asked by Joan Fricker of Joan's Gardens to share a project with you and the tutorial on how to make it.  She is posting this gift card holder this week on her Blog along with a challenge for you to play along!  I will share how to make this fun pop up gift card holder, and then you have two weeks to play along.  It's very easy to make,  and the prize you could win will be well worth the effort! Before I give the details of how to construct this, I want to show you different angles of what you will be making.  I have made my card 5.5" square.  When it's slightly open, the picture below is what you'll see of the pop up element on the inside when it's partly folded up.  It will fold totally flat and mail just fine!


The photos below show the pop up when the card is open.  It holds a gift card perfectly and makes such a pretty presentation!



So lets get started with the tutorial!

Card Base:
Create a top fold card 5.5" square.
Decide on designer paper you'll decorate the inside and front with. (I used Graphic 45 LeRomantique 8 x 8 Pack).

Pop Up:
Cut card stock 5.5" x 6"
Score and fold according to diagram above. Dotted lines are fold lines.
Fold like photo below:

Now you need to plan your decoration for the inside of the card.  You will want to either stamp on your card stock or adhere designer paper as I did.  You will also need to decorate the panels of the pop up that I have marked with an X in the picture below:

Below is what you will have when you add dp or stamping to these panels of the pop up, and you should add red line tacky tape or other strong adhesive to the inside of each end of the little groove that has been formed. This just keeps it neat and tight.

Below is what you have when you adhere those ends together: A nice tight slot to hold the gift card.

Next, you will adhere the pop up to the inside of your card.  Begin by lining up the lower 1 1/2" undecorated part of the pop up with the center fold of the card.  Adhere it just below that center fold of the card as shown below:

Now fold the pop up forward on the bottom of the card the way it will fold when card is closed as shown below:

Apply adhesive to the top of the pop up which will fold down and adhere to the back of the card.  Be sure to run enough adhesive to cover the panel. In case the picture is confusing... the top of the card below is on top, and the white where I'm adhering adhesive is the white panel you see above.... it's the back part of the pop up that will adhere to the back of the card.

Now, simply close the card down with the pop up in place, and press to adhere.

Now when you open the card, your pop up will do just that!  It will pop up!

I have tried to make this easy with step by step instructions but don't let the number of steps scare you... this is so easy and when you get into  it, you will totally understand it and be thrilled at how easy it is to create a gift card with such great impact!

Now you just need to decorate the front of your card, and add any message you want to add to the inside.

I added a sentiment inside using Heartfelt Creations HCPC3348 Cardinal Pinecone Border PreCut set, and Spellbinder's Fancy Tags Two.

My card front uses one large classic rose and three small classic roses from the Heartfelt Creation Bella Rose Collection HCPC3394, one Bella Rose Leaves Precut set HCPC3390, and the Bella Rose HCD17 Custom dies to cut them.  I colored them with Copics and used a piercing tool to curl my petals and leaves quite a bit, breaking down the fibers enough to give good dimension without tearing the paper.  I cut a Cheery Lynn Canadian Kaleidoscope Doily Die to cut the doily out of vintage cream card stock, and a Martha Stewart Double Loops Around the Page Punch set for my matting.  A shabby seam binding bow was my only embellishment because all the stamped images and lovely doily needed to take center stage.  Most all the products I used are available at Joan's Gardens

I also want to add that Cheery Lynn is having a Design Team Call and I love their dies, so I think it would be a great team to be on!  Check it out here!

I do hope you'll give this easy gift card holder a try!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun with it!!!


Shazza said...

what a great idea x

Joan Fricker said...

Great tutorial Grace and I love that Graphic 45 paper.
So beautiful!

Thanks so much for sponsoring Joan's Gardens Guest Challenge. Great job!


Karen W said...

Gorgeous card, don't need a gift card holder but I have those stamps and love the front of the card, may have to case that part.

Darlene said...

FABULOUS creation Grace and awesome tutorial ... I can't wait to give it a try! Congrats on being he current Guest Designer ... so thrilled to see you here sharing your awesome talents!!

Gretchen Wilson said...

Grace your card is beautiful, but that doesn't surprise me, I check your blog often and you do such beautiful works. I can't do the challenge now as I am taking care of my two grandsons for two weeks as their dad is riding in the IN Cops for Cops bike tour to raise funds to help fallen fellow officers. I have copied it and will try soon.
Joan did a wonderful job when she asked you to be a guest designer.
Hugs and God Bless

Carla Keith said...

This is a great tutorial of a complicated project. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. I will try this, and pop-ups have always intimidated me before.

Anonymous said...

Grace, your card is gorgeous!! I love that flower!! The pop-ups are so much fun to make!! Great tutorial! :)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, and a great tutorial!

Shirley N said...

Just gorgeous Grace, TFS your tutorial!!!

Sharon Peele said...

Awesome tutorial!! Grace, I am so glad you made a pop-up card, I have never made one, but I always wanted too!! So I guess here's my chance!! Your card is so gorgeous!! Hope I can make mine just as nice.
Thanks again!!

Anonymous said...

Grace you have a special gift for making the most beautiful cards and designs. Love the step by step tutorial, thank you.

Blessings and hugs, Lori m

A Consuming Passion said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot with the lovely Joan.
What a lovely project Grace ...... must try this

velta said...

Oh My Grace!!! What a stunning creation you have here...just one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen...Congrats on your GD spot with Joan, she is a dear!!

Patti Jo said...

Gorgeous project Grace! Thank you for sharing a terrific tutorial too! Love those papers and you put it all together so beautifully!!!

Elena C said...

Grace, what an interesting card. I LOVE it... I have to make this one. Too cute. Thanks so much for sharing.

StampingbugKerry said...

Beautiful! Kerry

Payne Holler Cards said...

this is just gorgeous gorgeous!
wonderful tutorial - glad we have 2
weeks..will give it a try (-:

Unknown said...

OMG this is awesome, I never seen anything like this, and so elegant. I love it. Thank you for sharing the tutorial xx

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a stunning card Grace!! Wow!! Love your colors, use of dies and punches and those oh so beautiful flowers. Awesome tutorial!! TFS!! I may have to give it a try sometime!!

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Your gift card holder is lovely as is all of your creations. You have such a wonderful gift from God! thank you for the tutorial.