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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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As usual - stunning projects with an amazing paper collection. Love it!

Gorgeous projects!

Wow what a beautiful card. I love all the layering and particularly love the bottle cap. What a wonderful idea. The gift card holder is absolutely fantastic. How beautiful.

Thanks for the tutorial, and the great chance to win!

Love this line!!!

Thought the card was gorgeous but the Tag was even more so. Love them both and the paper.

Thank goodness there's tutorials, so I may have a chance at creating a project like this! these are awesome!!!

I simply swoon at Gloria's & Graphic 45's card samples, looking at every beautiful detail. Your talents and products are unmatched!!

Couture is to die for. My LSS only had the 8X8 left, but I had to get it. 8X8 is better than 0X0. 12X12 is best, but hey in the boonies, you can't be too choosy.
The gift card hold is such a neat idea. Everybody needs one of these. There are some new products in that prize package, I just have to check out. Sweet prize package....now pick me! Did I mention, I've already had too much coffee...and it's only 5 AM!

It would be an honor to be the winner of this prize package

What a wonderful prize! I would loooove to win this.

Lovely creations, gorgeous generous prize..thanks for chance to win, Merry Blessed Christmas :-)

Such beautiful projects and amazing prizes! We are so lucky you share with us!

How creative, using the tags.

I would love to win. So many beautiful products

I think you could make anything from this paper and it would be gorgeous! TFS

Awesome giveaway great products

12 days paper is one of your most beautiful designs yet!


Geeze Louise ... you have no idea just how badly I would love to win this giveaway. It would help tremendously with all the Christmas cards and home décor I create this time of year. Thanks so much for your generosity.

Oh - and Christmas merries to you and yous.

I love everything! But the gift card holder is beautiful.

So very beautiful! I can't create stuff like this yet, but I would sure love to win that gift package so I can get in some more practice! Beautifully done!

beautifull card and giftcardholder. So inspiration enough

Thanks for the video and the gorgeous gift card ideas. Love them!

wonderful idea and beautiful as always!

The little birds in this project are so sweet. I love the colors in this collection.

All the projects are wonderful! Love them!

Good golly Miss Molly, is there anything G45 can't do well? You folks are perfect :) Love Arlene's work.

Awesome...love the papers and tutorials!

Love the wonderful GC holder!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

this project is all kinds of beautiful!

What an amazing giveaway. I could only be lucky enough to win. Thank you

These projects are so incredibly beautiful and the collections are so lovely, thanks for the inspiration and chance to win.

Arlene is my favorite designer. I love her fresh hip ideas and her creations are beautiful. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Love todays projects, but the gift cardholder is amazing. Thanks for the sneak peek and the chance to win

Wonderful gift card holder

Stunning projects, and love the colors!!!!

I love everything....how can I narrow it down to a few items....I'll start a new wish list tomorrow!!!

Wow! So many lovely goodies today! Gloria's card is stunning as always - love the bottlecap addition! Arlene's gift card holder is definitely one I am going to try! I love getting and giving gift cards and I'm always looking for a pretty way to package them! Romy's layout over on Papercrafter's Library is so gorgeous!

Love this gift card holder and with teens it is perfect. I just hope mine is close to what you've created. Thanks for a chance to win.

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