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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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Love all! Stunning projects .Thanks for the chance,

this is the most beautiful Christmas collection ever. Love it.

Oh, how I would love to win this prize package! Such inspiration! Maybe this time.....

I can't wait to make this gift card holder. G45 makes the the most gorgeous papers. Such a lovely project.

I'm really loving the birds!!!!!

BEAUTIFUL projects!!!

THANK YOU for sharing your crafty Christmas inspiration
for the chance to win this wonderful bundle of

Gorgeous paper! Great projects I just love this blog! All the best :)

Gorgeous projects today by Gloria and Arlene! And Romy's project on the Papercrafter's blog is just beautiful, as always!!

So many beautiful pieces!!

Beautiful cards...always wonderful, talented people on here.

Oh my goodness these projects are absolutely gorgeous!! I love all of them and want to go and make them now!

Your products are Amazing! I would love to win the prize pack.

Thank you, also, for your inspirational blog.

I'm enjoying seeing the beautiful projects each day.

Love the paper collection

WOWWEEEE! Love this paper, great projects ladies.

Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!

Such beautiful projects! I'd LOVE to win some G45!

Inspired ideas, like visions of sugarplums, are dancing in my head after seeing these beautiful projects and tutorial! I am in love with this 12 Days of Christmas collection! Thank you so much for sharing.

What a different and fun way to give a gift card. Thanks for sharing.

Great prizes!! Happy Days are here again. Time to enter and hope to win. Thank you for the great opportunities

Great ideas with lots of goodies. Would really make for a great christmas present. Thanks for the chance to win.

This is a pretty incredible gift to win! Thank you as always, G45, for being awesome.

Lovely LOVELY cards - inspiring.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this package of crafting candy :)

It's been a long day for me but reading and looking at the wonderful new tutorials on the blog tonight made me feel so much better! Thank you Graphic 45 for being there and encouraging us with wonderful creative projects!!!

Sweet projects as usual! It's always a wonderful trip coming to your blog!

As always, I love the projects and the paper line in general!

I always love seeing all the different ways the papers are used to create embellishments!

More gorgeous projects today! Love this G45 paper!

Absolutely beautiful!

I will have to have a play making the gift card holder. Once again great inspiration.

The holidays are made extra special around here with all my G45 cards and projects. Sure could use some more supplies! That's a hint :)

inspiring projects. wonderful papers

Wow, so much inspiration...I love this paper!!

A lot of WOW projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

What a fantastic idea! I would never of thought of using a tag for this. Yours is just stunning!!

Beautifull card!

wow! what a great prize!

Wowwwww!!! Beautiful projects!!! I would love to win those beauties!!!! Thank you!

Stunning projects, stunning papers, fabulous inspiration, Thank You Graphic 45 xx

WOUW sooo many awesome creations here from all the girls, and also Romy´s LO is amazing work. But both the card and the Giftcard holder is amazing work too.

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