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December 04, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 4

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Supplies:

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W84PnChn4b4&feature=youtu.be

 

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Supplies:

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

ScorTape

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!

http://blog.papercrafterslibrary.com/

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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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Outstanding as always. Thanks for sharing.

The giveaway package is awesome. Thanks for the chance.

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Pretty projects today, I'm loving the colors! Thanks for the inspiration.

What beautiful projects! I got my G45 stamps from 12 Days and started creating my cards, but now I want to stop and lift the cards you feature!

A really nice looking card! Very nice that the inside of the card was decorated too! The gift card holder is pretty nice also. Thanks for offering such a generous prize.

Beautiful gift card holder

Wow...beautiful projects...stunning as always!!

Gorgeous tutorials. I love it :-)
Thank you!!

Gorgeous! Love these cards!

Why am I astounded at the beautiful items created using G45? Stunning!

Wonderful inspiration, love it!!

Oh what I couldn't do with these goodies. Thanks for the chance to win.

Beautiful color combination!

Amazing projects...All of them. I would love to win but I am never that lucky...Yet anyway. Thanks for the chance to enter the drawing.

Beautiful gift card holder,

another beautiful card and that gift card holder is stunning! how creative!

What a truly beautiful and versatile paper line! How exciting it would be to win the g45 give away!!

Love this collection of papers and all the projects you've shown. I can't wait to try using some of the ideas here.

Love these papers and all the projects. Can't wait to use some of them.

Gloria is doing a great job making the 12 days of christmas cards!!!
next the tag gift card holder is just too clever.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

I love seeing these Christmas cards. They are so beautiful. Thank you!

Interesting, wonder if I will be able to make the gift card holder. Gotta try it!

Love following along with these cards, they are the fanciest cards I've ever made. Thank you for the ideas and great tutorials. No instagram though, darn.

The gift card holder is so awesome! Love the papers!

Hugs,
Jo

Beautiful card and gift card holder.

I just love that card!! So cute!!

I love this idea. I'm going to make it right now.

Arlene, I love your work! Always beautiful and clean finished work. I saw the first of your tutorials on a holiday in the USA. You explained it so easy...
So, this tag or gift tag holder is the first thing In scrapping I am going to try.
Thank you.

cute idea for the gift card holder - may have to copy that one

lovely mini album

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