Gift Card Holder Tutorials x2

Stampin up gift card tutorial delightful decorations

Whoa!  These colors are about as unconventional as it gets for the holidays.  However, I was determined to stick with the palette of Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Crushed Curry to satisfy the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (CC237).  Nothing spurs my imagination better than a good challenge.  All Splitcoaststampers daily challenges are linked on my left side bar.

Stampin up top note gift card holder

My virtual stamping buddy, Sandy, brought this seriously slick Top Note Gift Card Tutorial to my attention from Canadian Stamper Deanna Tam.  I had to give it a try pronto.  A second gift card idea inspired by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator magazine is listed below.  In an age where gift cards "rule" for birthdays and holidays (just ask my teenage daughter, Caroline), having lots of pretty ways to dress up the "plastic" is divine.


  • The Delightful Decorations stamp set and the Ornament Punch I used (both from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog) coordinate perfectly.
  • Stampin up gift card merry and bright rubonsThe Merry and Bright Rub-Ons further coordinate with the Ornament Punch.  The rub-ons include a sheet of white and silver (woo hoo) rub-ons.  The white really sings when layered over Basic Black.

  • I ran a snippet of Rich Razzleberry card stock thru the Big Shot and dolled it up with the Eyelet Border Punch.  It breaks up the Crushed Curry background and fits the curves perfectly.
  • My Crop-A-Dile got a little action today when I needed to set the Jumbo Eyelet.  This handy dandy power horse makes me understand the historically male fascination with tools.  I dig it.
  • The gift card tucks inside (under the punched slit) and runs vertically.

Stampin up rich razzleberry ornament punch

Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
Paper:  Crushed Curry Textured Card Stock (115538), Crushed Curry (115319), Basic Black (102851), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry (115658), Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Bigz Top Note Die (113463), Ornament Punch (116794), Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Slit Punch (104388), 3/4" (107217) and 1" (109046) Circle Punches, Crop-A-Dile (108362)
The Perfect Touch:  Merry and Bright Rub-Ons (116801), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Jumbo Eyelets (108432, Pewter), Circle Rhinestones (109110, Fire), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

This gift certificate is quick and easy and can be decorated for any occasion.

Stampin up delightful decorations gift card


  • Stampin up razzleberry lemonade designer series paper

    Create the gift card holder using textured card stock by scoring a 4" x 7 7/8" piece horizontally at 2 3/8" and 5 1/8".

  • Create a 2 1/2" x 7 1/4" wide belly band.  Score at 2 1/2" and 4 1/4". 
  • Punch a scallop border.  Note:  I tried running the border the distance of the belly band (7 1/4") and score. Oops!  The scallops don't line up in back.  So I cut it down to just run along the side in front.

Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations (116517)
Paper:  Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper (115675), Rich Razzleberry Textured Card Stock (115538), Crushed Curry (115319), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Crushed Curry (115659), Rich Razzleberry (115658), Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Ornament Punch (116794), 3/4" Circle Punch (107217)
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Circle Rhinestone Brads (109110, Fire), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. These gift cards are wonderful… thanks for the instructions and link. Yours are beautiful, I fear those colors. *smile* You and Kris do them fabulously!!!

  2. How fun! I am going to make some to keep on hand. I’m lucky to have you as a Pal, Mary!

  3. Hi Karren: You just got a gift certificate (made by me} from your family, you naughty thing . . . what’s you next holiday or time to spoil yourself? I’m always happy to whip up a gift card or gift certificate.



    Mary Fish, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
    Stampin’ Pretty
    6651 N. Paseo de Los Altos
    Tucson, AZ 85704

  4. No, it’s not, Yogi 🙂



    Mary Fish, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
    Stampin’ Pretty
    6651 N. Paseo de Los Altos
    Tucson, AZ 85704

  5. No, YOU rock. The gift card holder idea was yours. 🙂 Hugs, M

    Mary Fish, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
    Stampin’ Pretty
    6651 N. Paseo de Los Altos
    Tucson, AZ 85704

  6. Very fun! I’m not sure I could pull those colors off for the holiday!

  7. Marty Shumaker

    I check your website daily because you always have such cute ideas. You are very clever and never fail to inspire me. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.
    Marty Shumaker
    Riverside, CA

  8. Oh, Mary, these are wonderful! I would never have thought to put these colors together. I love everything you did here! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. I love this colour combo for Christmas. Looks like a hard combo but you certainly rocked it!

  10. These colors are outstanding! You may have just defined the colors the the Chanukkah Bush/Christmas Tree for this year. xox

  11. Cool, I love the choice of colors. Who would think of that combo? I love what you did with it. I’ve said it many times, Mary, you rock.

  12. Whoooo! Great job on the color challenge! That’s not your average holiday combo, BooBoo!

  13. i love them! they’re a gift all by themselves!

  14. Melissa Young

    That’s seriously different for holiday colors!

  15. Really great projects. Love all the bells and whistles you used!

  16. How fun & festive!!

    Way to go outside your comfort zone with this color combo. You worked it.

  17. Love these colors together, Mary! I can add these to my non-traditional Christmas colors arsenal!

  18. I love them! They’re mod and very creative!

  19. I wouldn’t mind getting a gift card in one of these beautiful holders (hint hint to my children) with a gift certificate from Mary Fish for a bunch of Stampin’ Up goodies (bigger hint hint). I love getting those gift certificates. It’s like being gifted twice!

  20. Colleen Kramer

    You are a brave, determined woman! Amazingly you pulled it off 🙂 Thanks for the link to the gift card tutorial…I’ll be trying that one out soon!

  21. Love it. I too am always looking for ways to “dress up” gift cards–my gift of choice (or should I say, default) for nieces and nephews who never know what they might need next! Great idea. It is getting to that time of year.

  22. Very cool! I like those non-traditional Christmas colors. The black ornament really stands out. Clever!!!

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