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Framed Gift Card Holder

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects


***Update 1*** Please scroll down to the end of this post for instructions and a template for this project.

***Update 2*** So excited to share that this project was chosen by Lesley Croghan, creator of The Paper Players Challenge, to be the headliner (doing the happy dance)! Thank you, Lesley and the design team ladies, this is such an honor!

PP Headliner

It’s the 200th Challenge at The Paper Players and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it! The design team ladies there are always inspiring and encouraging, pushing me out of my comfort zone with their challenges, making me a better artist and paper crafter (I think, LOL!). I chose to do Jaydee’s Sketch Challenge #61, and Anne Marie’s card for it is simply adorable!

Of course, it usually takes two or more challenges to get me going, and at SplitcoastStampers, Tuesday’s color challenge is to use Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party and Gumball Green – oh my goodness, these colors chosen by Vicki are simply dreamy!

For this project, I used a template that I made the previous year – a recessed frame made from a 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardstock. I added embossed strips to the frame itself, then made a small envelope for a gift card to put in the center. Before sticking the envelope though, a double strip of  white ribbons were wrapped around the frame. The sentiment was printed using the font EnglischeSchT, punched into a circle then matted. The handmade flowers were sponged with Broken China distressed ink before rolling them up.

Here is another view of  the gift card holder:



And a close-up of the flowers:


Here are the instructions for making the above project (click on the image to make it larger):

Recessed Frame Instructions

Here is the template that goes with the instructions above, print and cut along the lines (right-click on the image and save in your computer).
Template for recessed Frame

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5 comments so far

1.  Charlene
June 18th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I love the colors. Do you share the template for the box?

2.  Gem
June 18th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Thanks, Charlene! Yes, I will be sharing instructions and a template – stay tuned!

3.  Sandy M
June 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am

Wow, this really is something special, Gem! I love how the center is recessed and of course those gorgeous flowers! What a work of art! Thanks for your kind words, and thanks for playing along with our 200th challenge at The Paper Players!

4.  Nance Leedy
June 19th, 2014 at 8:16 am

Holy moly, Gem this is amazing! The creative fold of the box, the embossing and those lush flowers all add up to one beautiful creation! What a clever take on the sketch too….we’re so glad you play along with and enjoy our challenges! Thank you for celebrating with us at The Paper Players!

5.  LeAnne
June 20th, 2014 at 6:09 am

Wow! This is incredible, but then, you always do incredible work…it is YOU who pushes us out of our box!!! Lovely colors and a great tutorial, too! Thanks for helping us celebrate our 200th challenge with this beauty!


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