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Holiday Gift Card Holders By Annie

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Hi everyone! Annie here for another Papercakes Design Team Project. Today, I want to show you how to use Serena's patterned papers and element sheets to create some adorable gift card holders. It's simple, quick, and a great to jazz up last minute gift card purchases.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Annie

For this project, I'm using Serena's "Feeling Grinchy" collection because I love the traditional colors. However, the other collections would also make some really cute, themed holders.

What you'll need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Glitter paper
  • Papercakes elements sheet - cut on your Silhouette or fussy cut as you go
  • A gift card die - I used Lawn Fawn's small stitched envelope, that includes a label
  • A sentiment die - I used Lawn Fawn's winter big scripty words
  • A die cutting machine (or if you're able to get a die cut files on your Silhouette)
  • Scor Tape or permanent adhesive tape runner - I used both Scor Tape and Tombow permanent adhesive
  • Glossy Accents or another strong liquid adhesive


  • Foam Tape
  • Washi
  • Stickles
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
  • Bakers Twine

Step 1

Decide the papers that you would like to use for your gift card holder, sentiments, and label. Then die cut them with your machine. I like to make a lot of die cuts so that I can play around with the set up. I used the glitter paper for the sentiments.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Annie

Step 2

Bend the card holder along the score lines and apply Scor Tape or tape runner to the bottom side flap of the envelope. Make sure to apply pressure to get a good bond.

 Holiday Gift Card Holders by Annie

Step 3

Once the envelope is assembled, all you need to do is start decorating. Apply the label die cut to the back of the card with tape runner and adhere your sentiment on top of that with liquid glue. You may choose to embellish how you wish. I chose to use glitter washi to make it look festive.

Step 4

Work on the front flap of the envelope.

On the first one, I used a cut out of a red ornament from the paper collection. I propped it up on foam tape for some added dimension and used washi to give the illusion that the ornament was hanging. I used some bakers twine and adhered a bow with glossy accents. I further embellished with Stickles and glitter washi.

On the second envelope, I chose a peppermint from the collection. I propped it up on foam tape and used the wink of stella glitter pen to add shimmer. Then, I embellished it with glitter washi.


Holiday Gift Card Holders by Annie

On the third envelope, I adhered some bakers twine to the top flap. Then, I used some cut out light bulbs from the collection. I propped the lower half of the bulbs up on foam tape and placed them along the bakers twine "light string" so that the light fixture looked like it was actually attached. I used a little washi to decorate the front of the envelope and I added Stickles to the bulbs for added shine.

When you place a gift card in the envelope, you can use some tape runner on the inside of the front flap and you can deactivate the permanent stickiness by pressing your finger on it a few times. This will allow for some adherence but it won't be permanent. You can also use a small adhesive velcro closure OR tie some bakers twine around it and make a really cute bow.

Holiday Gift Card Holders by Annie

So, that's it. A quick and simple way to dress up your gift cards. I'm planning on using these for my kids' teachers this year. I hope this inspires you to create something similar - and last minute! Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays, everyone!!!

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