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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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really wonderful beautiful projects!

Love the circle album. Graphic 45 paper suits it perfectly.

Love both the card and album-can't wait to try Denise's tutorial.

These creations are
just fabulous! Great
collection to use.
Carla from Utah

Wow everyday just keeps getting better. Love all the cards so far, can't wait to see tomorrows.

My favorite card from Gloria so far...and that tutorial from Denise is fabulous. Thank you both so very much!

Once again thank you for the tutorial.
Love the paper love the work. Thanks for sharing.

wow...fabulous project...so inspired to do something like this now!!!

Love these ideas - off to try them now!

Beautiful projects and wonderful papers by Graphic 45! LOVE the gorgeous red bloom on the swan card!

I love the gift card holder idea!!! What a wonderful gift! I'm going to make one for my niece; her list this year is nothing but craft supplies! Yay! She'll absolutely love Graphic 45!

love this project and the paper is amazing ...really need it. thanks for sharing

Oh my that gift card holder is awesome!!! Love it!! Love the card too. Love all the 12 Days of Christmas projects!

I"m going to have to make that minibook. It's gorgeous!

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the chance!

love this idea, it would be a fantastic gift for someone. thanks for all the 12 days of Christmas cards, pinning every one

Please, please can I be the random winner! Want to cut, glue garnish these lovely papers. Thanks for the chance!

Awesome projects. The card is perfect, and the gift card holder is wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Love these projects. Can't wait to get home to try some. G45 Rocks!

Beautiful card! Thanks Gloria. The gift card holder is extremely clever. Perfect use of the 12 Days theme. So brave to cover up the artwork

great tutorial and a lovely card. thanks for the inspiration

I really like this tutorial and the round idea for a mini album :)

Really enjoying all the beautiful inspiration! The papers and projects are so pretty!

Beautiful projects! I love all of the details in the mini album, thanks for sharing.

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

I love the tutorial and idea for a 12 days oh christmas gift card holder! Love the cance to win also!,

I love that swan card! Swans are my favorites and I collect them. I love the tutorial for the gift card holder.

I have to honestly say I haven't seen a sheet of Graphic 45 that I didn't LOVE!!! And I look forward to my nightly e-mail from your blog with all these amazing ideas. And the chance to win that awesome prize package with all the goodies to try to recreate some of the things I've seen would make my Christmas extra special!!! Thanks so much... Merry Christmas

I love this idea! I think it is on my tomorrow list of things to do!

Gorgeous swan card and unbelievable gift card holder, never seen anything so beautiful.

I really like this project. A great idea to use this paper line.


I have never used your beautiful papers before as my local store doesn't carry the line...but I intend to find someplace that I can order them from...they are gorgeous & this project is just absolutely stunning. I would take the idea presented & use old cd's & make a mini-album!

I have just discovered your site recently & am sooo inspired!

Another day of 2 more beautiful projects!! I love both of them--so lovely & gifts anyone would love to have!

Wow, the mini album is really something! Great project!

Gorgeous card and circle mini! Everything created with this paper collection is a treasure! I sure would love to win the awesome prize and make some of these wonderful projects.

I am truly excited and inspired this year by Graphic 45 DT. Wow you all have such talent and thank you for sharing it. I am so loving the design papers I can't wait to use them on the Christmas Album I am going to make, along with other gifting ideas from your tutorials. :D
Thanks again for the inspiration.

Circle spectacular! Great mini!

Wonderful!!! Love these!

Love both projects.

The card is so pretty.

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