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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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Thank you for the great tutorial and all the great ideas.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything G45! Beautiful!!

Absolutely gorgeous creations! Perfect for the season!!

What a great candy! It would be real luck to win!

I love Arlene's work so much. I am in the process of doing Christmas gifts and have a couple of gift cards on my list. This is great and I love, love, love this paper. I have cleaned my local scrap book store out, LOL.

Beautiful Paperline and Beautiful Inspiration. Thanks for bring such such lovely paper to the world.

Someone is going to be very thankful to G45 Santa this year... :) Gorgeous projects and an amazing giveaway!

Cute card.... Love it

What a great collection, would love to be a lucky winner of this

Very beautiful! I love it all!!

I love all your Christmas projects with the Graphic 45 papers! I sure would love to win this package.

Great project ! This would make the perfect Christmas gift, thanks for the chance to win :)

Your work is so amazing! I love all your projects, thanks for sharing with us.

love the projects made so festive and thank you for a chance to win (i hope i do lol)

Another amazing post of inspiration...love G45!

Love the colors!

Fantastic giveaway....

Fabulous as always, and so inspiring! The prize package is a dream, and would be such an incredible addition to my crafting tools and suppkies...thanks so much for the chance to win!

Great Ideas! I love Graphic 45 products. Happy Holidays!!

Aww i so love your paper! Its the best paper a crafter can work with! Thank you for all your great ideas?

This collection is just adorable. Beautiful projects! Thank you for a chance to win since an amazing prise.

What a fun set of goodies.

Everyday all
the projects are
just wonderful!
Enjoy them all.
Carla from Utah

Very lovely projects, as always. Thanks for share. And thanks for awesome prize package.

The projects are just so pretty!! This paper collection is perfect for Christmas!

Absolutely gorgeous! Let the CASEing begin! This Christmas paper is my all time favorite!

colors are so bright and happy..love the way you have used the printed paper.

Stunning project and very thoughtful, especially at this time of year. I adore how the little stamp was matching. As always this collection is gorgeous. I'm enjoying all the tutorials and find them very inspiring. Merry Christmas to the whole G45 team.

Beautiful projects and great giveaway!!

Day 4 of great projects made with beautiful Graphic 45 product. Spectacular!!! Merry Christmas

As always just wonderful

Love everything!! Who wouldn't with such wonderful product

Fabulous projects, as always! I'm so in love with The 12 Days of Christmas!!

What wonderful projects!

For some reason this reminds me of my childhood Christmases. Maybe there were ornaments similar on my tree. Or maybe the gift wrap. I can't put my finger on it but the gift card holder makes me happy. Love it!

What lovely projects, and I love the holiday collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

Wow another awesome inspirationday!

Wow beautiful projects, love them!

All of the creations are lovely & great! I especially love the gift card holder. So pretty! Thanks for a chance to win such a great giveaway.

Such awesome creativity with this gorgeous paper line. This would be a fantastic early Christmas gift. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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