Anything But A Card…

Hi Friends!

I’m excited to be back this month with the Friends of Unity Hop where we are featuring “non-card” projects! There are so many ways in which we can incorporate our love of Unity Stamps into projects other than just cards and I hope that by hopping along with us you will be INKspired to try something different!

For my “anything but a card” project I am featuring handmade “last minute” gift card holders. These gift card holders are beyond easy to make and you get TWO holders from one piece of cardstock allowing you to get the most out of your paper! And of course, I’ll be featuring patterned paper on my samples. Not only will this project be SUPER easy but also really quick to make! At the very end of my post you will find the instructions on how to recreate the project using your own ideas! The possibilities are many! I would love for you to give it a try! Be sure to tag me when you share your creation in the Unity Show and Tell Group for a chance to win a small gift from me!

The first gift card holder I created was using the adorable “New to the Crew” kit. It’s always such a joy celebrating a new baby isn’t it? I remember when I was carrying my son I received SO many cute outfits at my baby shower and I couldn’t wait to parade my son around town in his adorable new clothes. When the time came for him to show his appearance he was MUCH larger than expected. Yikes! At 9lbs /4oz my little boy couldn’t fit in many of the outfits that were waiting for him! Ahhh!! This is where gift cards would have certainly come in handy! I had to purchase a whole new wardrobe!

At the end of the blog post you will see the directions /dimensions on how to create the basic gift card holder but how you decorate it will be completely up to you! The ideas are truly endless! I used my Scan and Cut after stamping out the onesie to cut out my image and to also make the mat for the background so it would stand out a bit more. I used some clear Nuvo gel inside the heart to give it some sheen, added a coordinating ribbon, some sparkly gems and puffy hearts to accent! It’s such a cute and fun way to dress up a gift card. You could even place the holder in a cellophane bag with a small few toys or burp clothes!

Next up is a birthday idea! My friends and family are SO difficult to buy gifts for! The best thing I can do is give them a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant. The normal gift card holders that come with the card are BORING. So, here’s an idea on how to make the presentation much more festive! For this gift card holder I used the “Hip Hip Hooray” kit which worked perfectly!

For this example I used the standard directions at the bottom of the post to create the holder. I stamped the image onto white cardstock and used alcohol markers to bring it to life! I cut out the image using a square die cut and then cut another layering piece of cardstock in yellow 1/4 inch bigger to use as my mat. I glued it “off center” for added interest. A little Nuvo gel was added to the cupcake and a few gems added to accent.

Want to see how the inside looks?

I used a small circle punch to create a little finger slot in the middle of the bottom front. This makes getting the gift card out a bit easier. The sentiment was stamped on the strip inside and you can also add your own personalized message.

With the holidays fast approaching, these last minute gift card holders are super convenient! They really are easy and quick to make and are like a gift unto itself! Here’s a gift card holder I made using the Whimsey Christmas Itty Bitty Stamp:

The gift card holder was made using the standard instructions at the bottom of my post. As you can see, I added a layered belly band to this holder and heat embossed this beautiful image in silver embossing powder. I added a few red gems for a little bling and tied some silver cording around the gift card to pull it all together. I think this makes such a pretty way to dress up a gift card. Again, you can place this holder in a cellophane bag, add a nice bar of chocolate or even a small candle, tie it off with a pretty bow and you have a gorgeous gift for someone this holiday season!

Last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite reasons to buy gift cards. I absolutely admire and respect all of the awesome teachers my son has had over the years. Each year we acknowledge their dedication and hard work by purchasing gift cards for them. My son is a Senior this year so I am going to be really heartbroken I wont have these gifts to give each year anymore. Maybe I will randomly pick a teacher or two next year and simply surprise them anyway.

For my final example I used the Teach, Love, Inspire kit which is absolutely perfect for this theme!

Using the instructions at the end of my post I created the gift card holder. Are you seeing how easy the patterned paper jazzes up the projects with minimum effort? That’s why these card holders are so accurately named “last minute gift card holders”. It literally takes minutes. And I am also loving the idea of using my gorgeous patterned paper! I stamped the image onto white cardstock and cut it out using a square die cut. I created a black mat for the back and added a red puffy heart for a small accent. For the holders that I did not use a “belly band” for, I stuck a very small glue dot onto the back of the image to keep it gently closed.

Here’s the inside :

You can see where I placed the small glue dot and I also stamped the apple with Gina K amalgam ink and then colored with alcohol markers. There’s plenty of room for a little message as well!

I hope I INKspired you to think of different ideas for creating these adorable “last minute” gift card holders! If you would like to give it a try see the directions below:


Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock into two pieces that are 7 3/4″ x 5″. On the long side score at the 2 1/2″ mark and the 6″ mark.

Cut two pieces of patterned paper. For the bottom front cut a piece at 4 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ and for the top front cut a piece at 4 3/4″ x 1 1/2″

For the inside sentiment strip inside cut a piece of white cardstock at 4 3/4″ x 1 1/2″

I used a small circle punch to make the finger slot in the middle of the bottom front (see example of the inside of the cards above). It’s not necessary but it does make retrieving the gift card a bit easier.

You can use a piece of Tear and Tape to each side of the inside bottom to seal your pocket or if you’re careful in placing your glue, you can use that as well. Just be sure that you leave enough room to insert the gift card.

When you cut the two pieces of cardstock to make the gift holders, I used the long “extra” strip that was left as “belly band” to wrap around the gift card (see the Christmas example above). You can also just simply use a small glue dot or even a Velcro dot! It’s completely up to you! I think decorating the band is my favorite part!

Before you go be sure to leave a comment AND tag me in your “last minute gift card holder” that you create and share in the Unity Show and Tell group for a chance to win a small prize from me!

Please be sure to visit all of my Friends of Unity and leave them lots of love as I know they will INKspire you to create other projects that are anything but a card!

If you landed here with me first, please be sure not to miss our beautiful friend Eileen!

If you’re ready to hop-a-log onto our next talented friend, then Rachel is your gal!

Thanks for stopping by and have an INkredible day!

Published by Stampin Sarandrea

Hi Friends! Welcome to my “inkredible” life where I will share with you TONS of creativity and how I turn my crazy life into one big, beautiful...well..mess ♥️

31 thoughts on “Anything But A Card…

  1. Wow, April! These are all so beautiful and INKspiring! I especially love the birthday one… that would be super handy for my hard to buy for nieces and nephews.


  2. I absolutely love these gift card holders. I think I cant pick a favorite as I love the plaid one and the girl holding a cupcake. I have that on my wishlist. They are so bright and cheerful and make gift card giving that much more personal!


  3. How fun are these?! And so practical and useful. I love it for the baby … my nieces & nephews are getting married (3 this year!) and you know babies come next! lol I could use a few of these for sure. 🙂 These would be great for cash giving (like I do for birthdays) as well as the gift cards! Love this idea!!


  4. These are ALL amazing!!! I especially LOVE the holiday plaid one. I just bought that whimsical stamp, because of your darling gift card holder. Love them all! Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!


  5. LOVE your teacher gift card idea because I give gift cards to my girl’s teachers twice a year. These would work for just about anything…and everyone loves a gift card!


  6. Wonderful variety of gift card holders. Hard to bee-lieve that my daughter is going to bee 30 in Dec. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. She came & liked the smoked turkey we ordered from a local turkey place in Tyler, TX.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”


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