Well the holiday's are over and the new year begun and now starts the rounds of birthday cards, and I'm just talking about my family! This month we start out with a niece and a nephew just a week apart. During the Thanksgiving weekend sale I picked up a new pocket die from Sizzix on a deal I just couldn't pass up, about 70% off. I loved the original selling point of the die which was for Christmas gift cards. Unfortunately, I didn't get around to making any of those for the holidays. It is an extended die which required an extended crease pad which I could not find anywhere in town so had to send away for it. Since I didn't get that ordered until after Christmas, I decided to use the die for my upcoming birthday gifts. The first ones are for guys, I had some rock star paper and some paper with guitars on it by Best Creation, Inc., what a perfect paper background for a guy gift card. The paper with the guitars I used for the one of the holders didn't require much additional embellishment as it was glittered up, so I just added a party hat from my Doodlecharms Cricut cartridge in complimentary colors. Since the embellishment was really a tag, I added a sparkly silver brad on one and a charcoal black on the other one. The only thing to remember when working with paper with lines and a definite pattern direction is to make sure your paper is going in the correct direction when using the die! I also decided to make a envelope to go with the guitar gift card holder. It is not one you would be putting in the mail, rather hand delivering it to the recipient. I used my Plaintain Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and cut the envelope from the rock star paper. I attached a small tag in the upper left corner to write the recipients name.
I then made a couple more in just solid colored blue and neon green paper. I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder by Cuttlebug and added the party hat embellishment cut on my Cricut. On the blue card I spritzed some silver Perfect Pearls to make the paper shiny and to match the silver glitter paper on the back part of the card holder. I left the green one kinda plain, still embossed and spritzed the hat overlay to give it just a little pop. I didn't want to go to overboard on the glitzy on these solid colored ones figuring they could be for either a guy or a gal. If I do use one for a gal, I'll just add a little bling to jazz it up.
For the girls gift card holders I went with some floral papers I had from K&Company, the Susan Winget collection. I've gotten such a great amount of projects from these paper pads it's just amazing. For the green one with dragonfly's I added some paper embellishments after embossing the folder with the Happy Birthday folder. Ont the blue folder I used an embellishment and added a small tag with a little bling. For the last one I used some of lilies paper from the same pad, added some of the coordinating puffy embellishments and a small lavender tag with a green pearl brad for the recipient's name.
I can see gift cards holders for all sorts of holidays and occasions in my future! Imagine, Create, and Enjoy!