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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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So beautiful.Love the paper and the "mini" design. Would like to think I could make that. Shirley N.Z.

What a beautiful display. I love the Twelve Days of Christmas anyway! So this is a beautiful feature today. Such beautiful creative hearts and so much terrific talent. Thanks for sharing and offering such a great giveaway!

Fantastic Christmas gift ideas and inspiration. Itching to have a go at making the gift card holder - it makes a great photo Album too!

Wow, that card is beautiful and what a fabulous gift card holder! I am just now seeing this paper line and it's a must have for holiday crafting!

Absolutely gorgeous projects today. The card is amazing and the flower really makes everything just pop. I love the 12 days of Christmas gift card holder. What a unique and beautiful gift in itself.

WOUW such awesome entries here again to day. The card is so beautiful as usual and that giftcardholder is just fabulous. I absolutely lLOVE it, and it would also make the most perfect minialbum for the last days here before christmas too. Just perfect for sooo many things and it looks amazing, and I just LOVE it.

In addition to beautiful papers your tutorials are the best. They are such a great help to me.thank you and your designers.

Projects are Wonderful!!!! The mini book is exceptional!!!!

Great projects!

How beautiful love the Christmas inspiration and colors in the card just brings it alive in the swans card very creative just love it....🎄

Love this! I could make a dozen. All of the elements that Graphic 45 makes in addition to the papers makes projects so much fun and so easy- they always turn out so lovely.

I love the mini album. It is the perfect application for the Twelve Days of Christmas. The card is such a classic!

WOW!! So much inspiration! I love the gift card mini album! Beautiful! The card of course is fabulous.

Lovely projects and a GREAT tutorial for the mini book! Thanks so much for sharing.

I love the project. I think I can make it as a Christmas album. And the card is, as usual, gorgeous. I never would have thought of painting a metal embellishment, I loved that touch!

What a fab creation. I have a metal tin with a round card stock template in it, this has given me inspiration to use it. Not sure I can give it away though!

wow! beautiful!

Great projects. Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs xnx

Both projects are great. Love the gift card holder. the paper and colors are awesome and love them.

oh my! That mini album is freaking amazing!!!!!! Love these G45 papers----so beautiful!

Gloria's card is beautiful and Denise's gift card holder is such a brilliant idea - for any time of the year - thanks for the inspiration ladies! :o)

Supercute minialbum!!! Sooo wonderful!

Beautiful cards

What a fantastic giveaway!

So very beautiful!

I save all the projects, with the hope of getting them all done! Love them all!!

The projects just get more beautiful by the day! This is a gorgeous collection. Thanks to everyone for sharing such amazing inspiration!

Very pretty use of the circles. I agree about putting the pix on the backs. When I first saw it, I didn't realize that it would be so big! But it's a lovely way to share my hobby. TFS Jess

This mini book is awesome !

Love. Love. Love.

Yes - I love it all.

Beautifully done card by Gloria!!!
Denise made an excellent circle style book/card!
stamping sue

Another interesting project. These papers are flying out of my neighbourhood scrapbook store. I can't get my hands on them anymore.

Such elegant paper and so many things to make with it. How fun it would be to win this!!


Love it ! thank you so much for sharing these projects. xxx


What a fun way to showcase the 12 Days of Christmas, and to wrap a gift card!

This would be so cut, added to ribbon and used as a banner/streamer. I love g45

Oh my! Extra gorgeous! I'm sure enjoying seeing all the projects the DT created for the 12 Days! Thanks for sharing!

Awesome projects today. Love the 12 Days of Christmas papers!

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