Sunday, September 25, 2011

Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder Tutorial


Hello!  I hope you have had a great weekend.  Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to create this Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder.  The cute little image is from "Angelic" art stamp set from Layers of Color.  If you love all things Christmas, then I know you will want to join us in October for our handmade ornament blog hop ( I will have another fun tutorial for you), and in November LOC blog hop for Christmas gift bags / tags inspiration.





I started with this free template from Waltzing Mouse. 




I changed it up a little bit though.  The template they have requires you to cut the front and back of the stocking seperately.  I KNEW there was now way I could hand cut the back and front seperately and then get them to line up.  So here is my idea.  Cut off the top 1/2 of the stocking fur.  See in the photo above it says trim here.  Just cut it off and toss it.





Start with a red card 5" x 5 1/2".  Now line the pattern up along the fold line as shown above.  Trim the stocking.  Now you should have a stocking shaped card that is folded acorss the top and opens from the bottom.




Draw a light pencil line from side to side defining the fur top and cut along this line, as shown above.  Now you have 2 pieces as shown below.  And the front and back will match perfectly since you cut them out at the same time.





Run the the stocking front through the Big Shot using the "Musical Flourish" embossing folder.




Next we need to add the fur.  I used a piece of white velvet paper.  I glued the top onto the back of a larger piece as shown below and then trimmed.




Use a gift card or credit card to draw out the boundaries for your gift card pocket.



Add white glue as shown, avoiding the inside of the pocket and the stocking top (fur area).  I use Aleene's Tacky glue (1.47 at Walmart for a large bottle).  Secure the embossed front of the stocking to the back.
 

And you have a cute little gift card holder!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you decided to create one, I would love to see how you embellish yours.  Just email me a link or leave me a comment here.

Have a great day!
Melisa

5 comments:

Cindy Lou said...

What a cute card! And all that fussy cutting with the LOC stamp, simply gorgeous! Well worth the time for how great it looks. Thanks for sharing!

Betty Benton said...

Great tutorial, Melisa. I like your idea for cutting both sides of the stocking at the same time! Will have to give this one a try soon. (maybe when my church group gets together to stamp with my LOC stamps!!)

MaxineD said...

Hmmm - great idea and so simple! Yours looks stunning with the fussy-cut image.
Blessings
Maxine

Betty Benton said...

Here's a link to my gift card holder, Melisa. http://bbstamps.blogspot.com/2011/09/melisa-waldorf-has-hit-home-run-with.html

Decided I would need an example for the church crafting group, so I made it up sooner rather than later!

Jennie said...

Such a sweet stocking Melisa and the embossing is just perfect! Love this idea! Saw it on Betty's...great tutorial my friend :)

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