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December 04, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 4


Hello G45ers,

It's time to deck the halls with gorgeous ideas for handmade gifts, cards and more! Welcome back to this very special blog event! It's day 4 of The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! We're bringing you a new holiday gift tutorial everyday between now and December 12th! All of the featured gift tutorials are perfect if you're crafting on a budget! Plus we've got gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas cards that Gloria Stengel created to help inspire your holiday season! Today we will be sharing a dazzling handmade gift card holder and tutorial by Arlene Cuevas. You're going to love her fun and easy video tutorial for this magnificent project. So get ready to bring some holiday cheer to your day with Graphic 45.

Just a reminder about the fantastic contest we're having in honor of this amazing holiday blog event! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this fabulous grand prize that includes our 12 Days of Christmas collection as well as great products from Core'dinations, Xyron, Petallo and Scor-Pal! This amazing prize is worth over $135 and its got everything you need to create a dazzling handmade holiday! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog on Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


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And now it's time to get in the holiday spirit with some spectacular crafts! We begin with Gloria's amazing card featuring our collection 12 Days of Christmas. The 4th day of Christmas celebrates the four calling birds, which Gloria expertly highlights in this breathtaking card. Just look at how all of the gorgeous colors and designs of 12 Days of Christmas effortlessly blend together to create a timeless work of art! Here Gloria describes how she created this magnificent card. Get inspired to create one of your very own! Take it away, Gloria!

  Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas card gift tutorial Gloria Stengel

I grew up in central Pennsylvania, and lived most of my life in the "snow belt." Colorful winter birds were rare and always a pleasure to see on a winter's day. I currently live in southern California where colorful birds are common, but I still love all the lovely bird images of the 12 Days of Christmas paper. I trimmed out the bird image with a postage stamp die cut template. I wanted extra contrast to make the image pop, so I matted it with black cardstock.


I created an embellishment from a bottle cap and one of the images punched from the Cardstock Banners sheet. The edge of the bottle cap mimics the postage edge of the image.


I used a banner die template to cute one banner from the plaid paper and one from the signature paper to create a dimensional sentiment strip.


I decorated the inside of the card with a postage image sticker and a strip from the Joyeux Noel paper. I needed a bit of contrast, so I also added a small strip of the My True Love paper. I love the red!


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joyeux Noel

Calling Birds

My True Love

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Banners

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Deep Berry Red, Light Totally Tan, Treasures Textured Pitch Black

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Bottle cap, doily: craft supply

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Rose Coral, Peach Pastel

Die templates: Spellbinders Ribbon Banners; My Favorite Things Stamp Stax

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue

And now it's time to create a fabulous handmade gift card with Arlene! Gift cards are amazing, but you can make them even better by creating a handmade gift card holder to accompany them! This is the perfect way to add a personalized touch to any gift card. Follow along with Arlene's fun and easy tutorial and learn how to take your gift cards to the next level with 12 Days of Christmas! Take it away, Arlene!

"Give the gift of a gift card this season, but make it even more special with this cute little gift card holder! I created a video tutorial to help you put one of these together yourself. Hope you give one of these a try!" -Arlene

Video Tutorial:



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12 Days of Christmas - Calling Birds (8x8 and 12x12)

12 Days of Christmas Pockets & Tags

12 Days of Christmas - Holly & Ivy (8x8)

Staples: Large Tag

Coodinations - Graphic 45 Signature Series card stock

May Arts ribbon

Petaloo Flowers

Scrapbook Adhesive 3D foam squares


Hot glue

We've got one more special treat for you G45ers today! Romy Veul of our Design Team is being featured on today's Papercrafters Library blog! Here is a sneak peek of the exquisite Couture project that she created for today's fun feature! Hop on over to the Papercrafters Library blog to see this amazing creation in its entirety! Plus you'll learn more about Romy and her amazing artistic style! Enjoy!


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We hope you all had a great time exploring all of today's remarkable crafts. There's more gorgeous holiday inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Big thanks to Gloria, Arlene and Romy for their remarkable work today. We also want to thank you G45ers for joining us! We hope today's blog helped bring some extra joy to your day. We'll see you tomorrow with another fabulous day of our Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials. Have a marvelous day, G45ers!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wow gorgeous tutorial and fantastic prize on offer!
Fingers crossed Santa may come early would love this candy in my stocking. Great inspiration hugs judex

Amazing projects I would love to win but I am never that lucky lol thank you for the chance to enterxx Wendy

Oh, my....both Gloria's card and Arlene's gift tag make me weak in the knees! Soooooo beautiful!

Wow! There is nothing else to say but wow... I really love the projects. THis collection rocks !

Stunning projects again. Love them. Thanks for the chance,

Just love this paper collection, thanks for all the ideas.

I really like Gloria's stamp die cut to showcase the 12 Days paper on the card; love the entire collection.

What a sensational prize!!! Love those mini tags, must create some to place on top of gifts, thanks for the inspiration.

Is it like a regular, average bottle cap? I like it!

Amazing projects, great tutorials and very inspirational, the designers are awesome, and such a beautiful prize package, I would love to receive all the yummy goodies in this package....It would definitely make my Christmas Merry and Bright.

Love these projects today. Just love the colors. This collection is great!

Simply delightful projects! I love this time of year!

Fantastic tutorials. Wish I had a store in town that carried Graphic 45 paper. Great contest too by the way. It would make my Christmas wishes come true, it has everything I need.

Wow, what an amazing Christmas gift to receive! Thanks for the chance to win some of your fantastic products!

great tutorial and a beautiful gift card holder. Really enjoying your tutorials on the 12 days of Christmas. looking forward to the next 8

I love the bird projects. Always a favorite of mine.

It would be like any early Christmas to win this awesome prize pack! Love all the tutorials! Could really use the supplies!

Amazing projects!


The papers are so inspiring - so holiday beautiful! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Glad you are on Instagram! I love the bird theme with Christmas projects :)

I love, love,love this collection.The projects are great!winning some 'stuff' would be awesome.

LOVE Arlene's videos!! Great project an awesome tutorial!! TFS!

Gloria is so thoughtful to design the inside of card leaving plenty of space for personal message.
Arlene is just genius!

Very beautiful cards.

Gorgeous cards. Love both designers ideas.

Amazing projects and what a sensational prize!

The layout is just lovely and I just love Arlene's gift card holder. Thanks for the tutorial.

Simply Gorgeous!

Amazing creations! as always beauiful work Arlene.. loving the christmas spirit! =)

Beautiful projects today and a wonderful prize to win!

Another day of great samples using Graphic 45 papers. You can't beat them for beauty!

More beautiful tutorials and love the prize package!

another fantastic project! love this card holder and thank you so much for the tutorial!

I am feeling very inspired by the fabulous Twelve Days of Christmas cards and other projects that are being featured. Thank you so much for this holiday gift!

Love all the projects as usual, thanks for a chance to win amazing prize pack. G45 Rocks :)

A beautiful card and a beautiful tag! I love Christmas and I was thinking of using This collection to make a month count down calender! All I need is the supplies :)

would love to win!

Beautiful projects as always! Thanks for the chance to win!

The gift card holder is neat.
I also liked the Couture sneak peek.

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