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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 am in love with the mini. I have to try this one for sure because it will make a great gift.

Would love to win some great Graphic 45 Twelve days of Christmas paper and all the other wonderful items as well!

The projects are just amazing with such lovely embellishes. Thanks for the chance to win.

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I want to make this!

You are making the 12 days of Christmas so very fun with all these wonderful and fun projects. Love the cards and the great tutorial.

I pray that this 12 Days Collection is available through the winter. There are so many great tutorials, and so little time.

Such fantastic work!! I am in love with the 12 Days of Christmas!! I need to find this one or win it!!! Merry Christmas all!!!

Love the swan. thanks as always for sharing.

Epic mini with the circles. Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

It's a great idea!!! Thank you!!! ^_^

Wow. Just beautiful Thanks for sharing these wonderful tutorials.

Wow! I want to be your friend, Denise. That's quite the gift card holder. And holds quite a few gift cards too. Looks fantastic.

Again, great cards!!!

absolutely stunning gift card holder that I have ever seen!!!!!!!!

Great tutorial :) Love the ideas!

YES! this is wonderful!

7 Swans a swimming. I feel I am a swimming in Graphic 45 creative juices.

Love the projects today

Love the beautiful swan card with the delicious flower!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Very beautiful projects.

This is an awesome gift card holder! Such a keepsake to treasure for years!

It would be more than an honor to winssuch a wonderful prize

Denise, I am in AWE of your creative talents! WOW, WOW and WOW again. A gift card holder that doubles as an ornament! This is SUPER!!

I love this card and that mini book is incredible!

I think I am needing this paper collection!! Such fun projectS!!!

What a clever gift card holder, beautifully decorated!...and the card...stunning work!

The book is stunning.

Stunning! Wonderful tutorial!

lovve it

Love the round album. Thanks for the chance to win.

love those papers!

This is beautiful. Saved this into my ideas for gift card holders. I make them for families that we adopt at work for a program called PorchLight in Madison WI.


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