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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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Gorgeous combination of card and tag the papers are just beautiful.

Really pretty card
and the gift card
holder is wonderful!
Carla from Utah

Graphic 45 makes everything better! I so look forward to reading the blog & watching the tutorials! Thank you, Graphic 45, for bringing charm & grace into the everyday.

Love the gift card ideas!

Have always been a big fan of Arlene's work and this card is so beautiful. Great Day 4!


Another wonderful day of cards!

Oh my what wonderful ideas! My Christmas cards are all made...in my head anyway!

Very pretty, I love this gift card holder! Thanks for the chance to win!

I craft vicariously through these tutorials because I just can't seem to bring myself to cut up these gorgeous G45 papers! Would love to win a set so I can finally convince myself to use up some!!!!

So enjoying Gloria's cards. Each one is a masterpiece. Arlene's gift card holder really makes giving and receiving a gift card a real treat. Thanks for the holiday inspiration.

These are such amazing card designs. Just love looking at each one made with gorgeous G45 paper!

Gorgeous projects! Would love to win!

love this g ift card holder, so enjoying the 12 days of Christmas cards

Love this paper line!!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win such a great giveaway!!

Awesome cards! Thanks so much for the chance to win too! What a wonderful prize!

oh gosh, these are amazing! I love the bottle cap embellie, and the gift card holder is stunning! :)

May Arts said some of their products were in the prize package. It will be a great gift.

Simply gorgeous projects today! Thanks for the inspiration!

Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! I just love G45 papers and embellishments - makes us all look like great artists. Thanks!


Love the gift card holder. what a great way to give the gift cards I have this year. Thanks

wow what a wonderful project. it turned out so cute. Thanks for the chance to win

stunning projects as always on your blog!!!

mea culpa
I said May Arts said you were using some of their products. I should have said Petaloo (their beautiful flowers). I just finished a blog hop with May Arts and I'm still back with them. the flowers and the paper go together beautifully.
Please forgive my goof.

I LOVE this beautiful gift card holder! I would be honored to receive such a fabulous gift...

Georgeous projects! :)
I would love to win the amazing big prize!

WOW these cards and tags are so beautiful, amazing.

The gift card holder is gorgeous. Thanks for chance to win.

So many great projects, so little time! Love all the tutorials.

Awesome inspiring projects. G45 has the most amazing colors. Thanks for the giveaways

Absolutely gorgeous.

amazing projects!!! thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!!! fingers crossed!!!

Wow, these projects are gorgeous!

FABULOUS projects as always!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! You guys are AMAZING :-)

more beautiful projects; think I NEED these papers!! thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win! :)

Beautiful projects!
12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorite paper collections.
Marvelous group of prizes, thank you for an opportunity to win them.

Another amazing package, sure hope to win this time!! Loving these 12 Day tutorials - just beautiful :)

Lovely gift card holder that's looks soooo much more complex than the tutorial shows. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Sue of Worcester

Remarkable cards indeed! So so lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

What a clever idea to have a tutorial for each of the 12 days of Christmas.

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