Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope

Yesterday on Facebook, I shared a picture of scraps from Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper and coordinating card stock and asked what kind of project you would all make with it.  It was a lot of fun to read what you all said to do with it.

I took two suggestions from the comments and made a Congratulations/Graduate card!

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper.

So how did this card start?

I started with the Notecards from Stampin' Up – these are probably one of the most overlooked gems in the Stampin' Up catalog.  Let's chat about those for two seconds.  One of the reasons I think they are so overlooked is the size.  They are smaller than the typical size cards that card makers use.  The finished card size is 5″ x 3-1/2″.  So smaller – but why are they are so awesome?

  • Accepted by the USPS, you can mail these, they are not the smaller little square envelopes
  • Smaller, so you use less card stock and patterned paper
  • Come with envelopes
  • You get 20 cards and 20 envelopes!
  • ONLY $5.95!!!! 

Click here for more info on these.  So with them only being $.30 for the card base and the envelope, can you see how fab these are?

That is how this card started, with one of these little gems.

And then I decided that I wanted to use the Envelope Punch Board to turn it into a file folder.  After that was done, it was time to stamp!

Using the little “congratulations” from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and pairing it with Memorable Moments, it was done!  Now if are are saying, “But Meg, why not just use a graduation stamp set?”

Because I don't own one!  We don't have a lot of people graduating, so for me it doesn't meet my versatility requirement when it comes to buying stamps.  This is an EASY trick for making graduation cards without extra expenses!

Then it was time for some serious trial and error.  I want to get the most out of these scraps, get every penny worth out of them!  So let's talk about what you see and what you don't see…

The two little strips of Summer Starfruit are actually 1/4″ strips.  The black and white stripes are 3/8″ strips of the Kaleidoscope patterned paper.  The only true big piece is the Bermuda Bay polka dots.  A 1″ strip of Whisper White card stock for the sentiment.  And then that circle – I LOVE that circle.  I originally die cut out a circle using the Circle #2 die for another project, and so I had a piece of card stock with a hole in the middle.

I wanted that diploma layer to really pop, and it somewhat did on the back scallop circle, but just not enough.  As I was pondering what to add, I saw that extra piece of Summer Starfruit, and as Gru from Despicable Me would say, “Light bulb.”

The 1-3/4″ Circle punch perfectly punched a ring around the hole in my card stock and I had a ring.  And yes, I did the happy dance when it landed on the card!

To make the diploma, simply roll up a piece of white card stock and tie a double knot around it with the 1/8″ Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon.

Ta-da!!!  And the finished size holds a gift card which makes it a card and and gift all in one – scoring a win in my books!

Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper.
All supplies used are from Stampin' Up! 

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I hope that you have enjoyed learning about this card and how it came to be.  Be sure to join in conversations on my Facebook page, you never know where the discussions will lead!  Thanks for joining me for today's project:  Making Your Own Custom Gift Card Holder with Stampin' Up's Kaleidoscope paper.

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