December 21, 2019


Christmas is almost here. I know some of you are still scrambling around worried about finishing and wrapping up your gift shopping. Gratefully I am finished with all that. Whew!

If you are planning on giving any gift cards, I have a quick and easy way to present them so receiving a gift card is a bit more fun -- and jingly sounding!

At last week's Stamp-In Workshop, my girls made these cute little gift card holders. Prior to the workshop, I had prepped one packet for each girl attending, using different Christmas Designer Series Paper for each project. The girls were then able to choose their favorite to create. All of them had Garden Green cardstock as their base, and the to/from was the same for each one. Only the DSP changed from project to project. It was interesting to see the little differences the design of the various DSPs made in each of them.

The weight of the jingle bells keeps the gift card holder somewhat closed. When open, there is a pocket inside into which you can slip your gift card.

I picked up two gift cards for presents since I made this gift card holder. Unfortunately, many gift cards come attached to a cardboard base that is much too large to fit inside a holder made in the dimensions I am showing here. To alleviate that critical situation, I went back to the measuring drawing board, and just added to the sizes of cardstock and DSP I used, and voila!, I had gift card holders that fit the larger size needed for the cardboard addition.

But, the instructions I will be giving you in this post will be for the holder that I have shown which fits just a single loose gift card. If you would like me to share photos and measurements for the larger sizes, just mention it in the comments. I would be glad to share that with you!

No need to purchase expensive jingle bells. I got this package of 32 at the Dollar Tree for -- you guessed it! -- a dollar. That is enough bells to create 16 gift card holders!

There are lots of similar gift card holders to be found on YouTube and Pinterest. But, I think the difference in cuteness here is the presence of the happy jingle bells.

Following you will discover the supplies needed and the instructions on how to make this quick last minute gift presenter. Of course, you can change the Designer Series Paper and the to/from to use for any occasion whatsoever. So, don't think these are just for Christmas!

Garden Green cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Designer Series Paper

Real Red ink (or ink to coordinate with the DSP)

Retired to/from stamp (there are any number of stamps you can use for this piece.)

Jingle Bells
Garden Green Baker's Twine
2 1/4" Scallop Punch
1 3/4" Circle Punch
Tear & Tape (page 183, Annual Catalog)
Simply Scored
Envelope Punch Board (on the CLEARANCE RACK right now!) for the corner rounder

You will be using a 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Garden Green cardstock as your gift card holder base. With the Simply Scored, score the cardstock at 2" and 6". Crease well on the score lines. Round the two corners of the smaller section. 

Attach Tear & Tape to the two sides of the larger section to form the pocket for the gift card. Remove the backing from the tape strip and seal in place.

From selected Designer Series Paper, cut two pieces that measure 1 3/4" x 3 1/4" and 2 1/4" x 3 1/4". Round the two lower corners (if there is an up/down design) of the smaller piece. Adhere this piece to the small flap. Adhere the larger of the two DSP pieces to the pocket front.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the snowman to/from in Real Red ink. Punch it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

Put out a 2 1/4" scallop circle from Garden Green cardstock.

Cut a length of Garden Green baker's twine. Tie a jingle bell to each of the ends. Tape the folded baker's twine to the back of the snowman piece.

Adhere the snowman piece to the scalloped circle.

Glue the finished piece to the top flap.

Go shopping. Buy a gift card. Insert it in the pocket. And make someone smile!



  1. Those are so cute! I am so thankful to have all my shopping, wrapping, and Christmas prep work done but pinning this for next year. We have tons of teenagers so I am now gifting lots of gift cards.

    1. I'm so glad you like them! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!