Thursday 6 December 2012

Twisted Gift Cards...with Colour My Heart Dare #20

Here's my entry to this week's Color My Heart Color Dare Challenge #20, which involves these colours:
Extra points if you use the Pear & Partridge paper pack (CTMH's Christmas pack for 2012).

My fellow Heart2Heart DT member, Kelly, posted some photos of these cute cards awhile back, and I have been experimenting with them.
Will post more photos and instructions later. For now, I want to make sure I don't miss the LINKING deadline!
Okay, got 'er linked up, now for some how-to photos.
How to make the first score line

  • Start with a piece of cardstock cut at 4.25"x11".
  • Score from the upper right-hand corner to the lower left-hand corner, on the diagonal. See illustration.
  • Fold along this score-line, using a bone folder to burnish it. You want a nice crisp fold.
  • Fold this odd, M-shaped piece in half at the centre mark.

Find the centre of the card, and fold in half.
  • Burnish this fold well, too. You will end up with a card with a pocket on both the front and the inside.
  • Trace a template for the shape of the front and cut out a piece of designer paper to completely cover the front, hiding the first pocket. You may wish to make it slightly  smaller than the card front, allowing a thin border of the original card stock colour to show.
  • Cut two more pieces of different-patterned DP at 4"x 4.5" and 2"x 5.25" Cut both of these in half on the diagonal--you will have enough pieces to for two cards.
  • Decorate the front of the card as desired.
  • The inside pocket can hold a gift card, a cheque or cash, a photo--lots of possibilities!
A few more details of my card for the Color My Heart Dare:
My card base was OLIVE. I used one of the new Festive Velvet Rub-Ons (Z1743) for the CRANBERRY element. I stamped the "holiday treat" image ("Very Merry Christmas" stamp set S1210) in SMOOTHIE ink onto a piece of cashmere cardstock. I used a Dimensional Element Monogram (Z1077) "W" (one of my son's initials) and stamped the design from the ornament in the "Very Merry" set with VersaMark ink (Z891); sprinkled it with White Daisy embossing powder (Z673) and heat set. This created an "irresistible" to which I then applied NEW ENGLAND IVY pigment ink (Z2502).
I used more Pear & Partridge paper on the inside of the card (sorry for the fuzzy image).
Here's a look a another card, using the Christmas paper pack from a couple of years ago, Mistletoe.

I'll be making one more for son #3--they are quick and fun to make and still fit in an A2-size envelope.

Happy Christmas crafting!


  1. Love the 'twist' on giftcard holders! I will have to try these too.

  2. Very interesting technique, Caroline! Thanks for joining in at Color My Heart!



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