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December 07, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 7


Hello G45ers,

The joy and beauty of the holiday season is in bloom on another magnificent day of our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials! We are thrilled that you are joining us! Today we're going to share another splendid holiday card by Gloria Stengel. Then Denise Johnson will share a marvelous gift card holder mini album! There's a fun and easy tutorial that Denise created that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating this amazing gift! We're having a fun and festive time on today's heartwarming Graphic 45 blog! Let the holiday inspiration begin!

We wanted to remind all of you G45ers about the incredible 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 fabulous products from Core'dinations, Xyron, Petallo and Scor-Pal! This amazing prize is worth over $135 and its got everything you need to craft a perfect holiday season! 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!


On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a gorgeous card created by Gloria! Behold this exquisite and colorful card that commemorates the 7 Swans a Swimming! This card has such a classic look with its elegantly layered papers and stunning embellishments. Look at how Gloria painted the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole to give it a lovely wintry appeal. It's these sweet little details that give this card such an incredible allure. Get inspired to create your own gorgeous holiday cards with 12 Days of Christmas! They are perfect for everyone on your list! Here is what Gloria had to say about this timeless treasure.

12 Days of Christmas card holiday Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel tutorials


I gave this card lots of small layers and added sparkle by using metallic cardstock. I stayed true to the vintage feel of the paper by adding vintage-look embellishments.


I painted a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples with white paint. When it was dry, I rubbed it with glitter glue to add sparkle. I glued pearls to the "screw holes" of the keyhole. I paired the fancy keyhole with vintage flowers and a crystal spray.


I die cut the swan image and matted it with dark green cardstock. I hand cut the sentiment to look like a vintage banner. A bit of chalk ink makes it look like an old sign.


I decorated the inside of the card with a sticker and a few strips of paper.


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

Joyeux Noel

Ladies Dancing

Christmas Rose

Holly and Ivy

My True Love

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Berry Red, Light Totally Tan, Elan Metallics Mocha

Flowers, leaf: Petaloo

Crystal Spray: Pro 31 Designs

Pearls: Couture Creations

Die cut templates: Spellbinders Large and Small Labels

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan

Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Star Dust

Paint: white acrylic

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 for a super fun gift tutorial! Gift cards are great, but have you ever wanted to add more of a personal touch to your gift cards? Well now you can with Denise's gorgeous handmade gift card holder! This is the perfect way to personalize your gift cards and turn them into absolute treasures! Let the charming papers and embellishments from 12 Days of Christmas inspire your creativity! Follow along with Denise's amazing step-by-step tutorial to turn your gift cards into a true work of art this holiday season! Take it away, Denise!

Create this gift card holder to share with someone very special this Christmas season. Stuff each pocket with a gift card, money or loving thoughts and memories. This fun gift also doubles as a beautiful ornament for the tree!

Graphic 45 Denise Johnson 12 Days of Christmas gift card holder tutorial mini





Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Papercrafting Pad

Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard 1

Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas Cardstock Flowers

Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas Pockets & Tags

Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45- 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids

Scrap File Folders

5” Circle Template

Linen Tape

Ribbon Scraps

Button, band & tinker pin


Petaloo Flower

Gina’s Designs Steampunk Doily





Step 1:


Start with a 5” circle template. (I used a leftover chipboard book page I used in another project).





Step 2:


Using the 8x8 12 Days papers, trace a circle onto each sheet. I positioned each circle to include the 2 days depicted on the paper inside each circle.  













Step 3:


You’ll end up with 6 circles.




Step 4:


You will also need to cut a cover circle (green pattern) and circles to cover the backs (a total of 6 additional circles). I used a variety of papers from the 6x6 Patterns and Solids Paper Pad.


Photo 7a


Step 5:


Using the circle template again, trace and cut 7 circles out of chipboard (I used scrap file folders) also cut 5- 2”-3” strips of linen tape.




Step 6:


Lay the chipboard/file folder circles in a line, with the edges not quite touching.


Attach the circles together using the linen tape stripes.




Step 7:


Cover each circle with the 12 Days circles, starting with days 1&2, then 3&4....etc.





Step 8:


On the backside of the Days 1&2 circle (which will be the cover), cover with the green pattern circle (cut in step 4)


Photo 11a


Step 9:


Decorate & embellish cover as shown.




Step 10:


Add button closure






Step 11:


Once your cover is complete, flip the project back to the 12 days side and add a gift card pocket and embellish each page.















step 12-


After your pocket/gift card holder pages are complete, turn the project over and cover each of the backsides with the circles cut in (step 4)


Photo 21 a


Step 13:


Add a ribbon to the top of each circle.




Step 14:


Add desired content to each pocket, share and enjoy!!



Wow, wasn't that fun, G45ers?! There's more fabulous inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog as we continue our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials event! We hope you'll stop by and see us for more amazing ideas and holiday fun. Big thanks to Gloria and Denise for their gorgeous work today. We had so much fun sharing today's breathtaking creations with you! We want to wish you all a very happy day. Thank you so much for visiting our blog! We hope to see you again soon.


Happy Holiday Papercrafting!


Your Friends at Graphic 45



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I love, love, love the mini book!! Thank you so much for showing me how to do it!!

Lovely project. I think i will use old cd's to make a more sturdy circle.

Oh my giddy Aunt!!! how delicious is this mini circular stunning creation. I love the sweet card with the glittery key hole but the booklet takes pride of place. Amazing work. Hugs Suzi x

The card is lovely but that gift card holder is exceptional. Simply wonderful. Thank you so much for showing us how and for the chance to win such terrific products. Cheers.

I love the card! What a clever idea to give gift cards...and fun too! Thanks for the step by step directions!

Thank you for sharing this gift card idea. This design really makes a gift card special.

LOVELOVELOVE today's card! It is my favorite one so far! The ornament/gift card holder is delightful!! I love it! I am in my glory with all of these wonderful tutorials! Thanks for doing this! It is AWESOME!

Love, love, the gift card holders.Thanks for the tutorial. Bought the Twelve Days Of Christmas paper pad & can't wait to make some tags & gift card holders. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Who wouldn't want to receive a gift like this? Great ideas.

Love the mini. All projects are gorgeous.

The ideas and projects just keep getting better as the time goes by. Just love both of these!!! The paper is just beautiful.

What wonderful projects --- love them all. Val from IL.

Wow great idea!


The papers are so beautiful! I have been wanting a project for the 12 Days of Christmas and this is perfect! Thank you for the great tutorial and idea! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

I like the giftcard holder, but, I would suggest, after all the work, that the recipient re-use it for an ornament or give another gift to someone else.

Love the idea of the round album.
Great way to showcase the days of Christmas

Beautiful projects, all of them!

Thanks for the great tutorial. That little round album is darling!

Wow! Great gift card holder!

so gorgeous as always and thanks for the tutorial on the round mini-i love it and will probably make one now that I now the secret of holding it all together!

Love the circle mini album. Truly fantastic!

Lovely gift idea for someone special! :):)

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the great gift card holder tutorial!

Loved the gift card tutorial! Stunning pages and papers! Thanks for sharing!

Love those projects. They're very beautiful. Thanks for the chance,

I adore that wonderful gift card holder! Thanks so much for sharing here.

I have been wanting to make small circular albums. Love the linen tape idea.
Is it possible to put the gift card holders on the back side so that the beautiful design on the front would not be covered? This is my favorite 12 days of
Christmas project yet! Plan to use my
Vagabond to cut the circles; what could be easier!

What a wonderful Idea! I would like to receive this with 6 gift cards for Graphic 45♥

Absolutely love the card! Gloria has really captured the beauty of the paper. I would love to win this gift..a VAGABOND for the circles. Thanks for a chance of winning.

Both projects today have elements about them that I would have never thought to use. Never would have thought to add a touch of steampunk to the second project...it works! That's why I love coming here every day. So much inspiration!

With all my kids grown now, what a great gift idea with the gift card card!! Awesome inspiration.

Another beautiful card, and the gift card holder is simply amazing! Thanks for all the holiday inspiration!

Beautiful mini. I love it!!

Gloria you are amazing. I love your style. And as for the round album - I wish I could just hide away in my craft room and play, there is just so much inspiration here. Thank you so much

great projects! loving these papers!

Love the gift card holder. All the cards in this set are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

So beautiful!! I would love to win!!

This is a fabulous tutorial. What a great gift for someone special.

Very nice! and I think the recipient could add pictures to it and on the backs of the circles to make a keepsake out of it!

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