Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Shabby Chic Pop-up Gift Card Holder with Graphic 45 & Xyron

Hey Crafty Friends!!
Happy Wednesday!! I'm so excited to bring you another project for Team Xyron today! Because all week long we will be featuring projects made with Gorgeous Graphic 45 papers!

And if you head on over to Xyron's Facebook Page, not only will you see all these inspirational projects but you could enter to win some fabulous prizes! Xyron is giving away 2 (yes, I said TWO) bundle packages!! Each package contains a Xyron Mega Runner & a Graphic 45 Paper pack!! How flipping awesome is that?!! And just in time for the holiday season to get started on that beautiful Christmas cardmaking and gift giving!! 

And speaking of beautiful, today, not only are my projects beautiful to look at but fun and interactive too!! Keep reading to see I make gift cards not just fun to spend but fun to open too, with these Pop-up Gift Card Holders! Check out this stunning trio! 

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Lynda Kanase's Bigz L Die- Card, Slider (Sizzix)
Paper Flowers (I Am Roses)
Mixed Media Glue
Crinkle Ribbon
Craft Foam 

I started with one 6" x12" piece of black chipboard. Then cut it down to 3" x 8.5" for my base. The black chipboard is really striking but needs to be "prettified"... And these luscious papers from Graphic 45's Floral Shoppe Collection are absolutely PERFECT!! And what's even more fantastic is that these papers are double sided!! **SQUEAL**

I trim my Floral Shoppe patterned paper down to 3" x 8.5" strips. You'll need 2 strips to cover each chipboard base. And because these papers are double sided you can use the same sheet of paper to get different looks on each side.

I ran the strip through my Creative Station Lite machine. But since my strips were only 3" wide I opted to save on adhesive and switched out my usual 5" cartridge with a smaller 3" one. Perfect!! No waste! I love that the Creative Stations are versatile and I can pick and choose the best size cartridge to fit my project size.

Once my strips were run through the Creative Station, I applied them directly onto the black chipboard. One pattern on each side. Then I made a tough decision... which side was to be my cover... I love pink but this time those flowers won my heart!

Using Lynda Kanase's Card Slider Die, I faced the paper pattern side down. You'll see on the die it has two sections... one with one crease and the other with three. I positioned my material faced down against the cutting blade onto the side of the die with just one crease blade. 

I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Oh my... It's beautiful already!! And that was just covering it with paper!

Then, I took a nail file and sanded down the edges.

For the pop-up function, you'll need another  (Yes, a third) 3" x 8.5" strip of coordinating paper. This time place it faced down against the side of the die with 3 crease blades. You'll be able to see and count the raised areas on the die. Remember, there are blades under that foam so please handle with extreme caution!

Once the strip is die-cut with crease marks, fold along the crease lines to form a "W".

I used my Xyron Mega Runner to attach each folded end to each card flap. You do not add adhesive across the whole die-cut just the two ends up to the crease lines. Then attach them by matching up the ends. 

It should form a square when opened up to a 90-degree angle.
It's almost ready!!

The front covers need just a little love...

These Tags & Pockets and Chipboard pieces are absolutely amazing! 

I took this tag and layered it onto a piece of leftover scraps and hand cut a border around it. Then punched a hole at the top and tied crinkle ribbon onto the tag.

Then added some "homemade" foam adhesive to the back for a little dimension.

And, by the way, foam adhesive is so easy to make! Just take pieces of craft foam sheets and insert it into your Xyron. Run through. Trim. Flip over and run through again! Easy Peasy!! Never run out of foam adhesive again!!

Lastly, I added premade paper flowers with clear drying glue.

And presto...

I kind of went nuts with these... 

They were too gorgeous to just stop at making one!! And with how easy they all came together, I'd be crazy not to make more!

They are a great addition to my gift giving arsenal. I'm gonna make sure I have lots of these on hand. Especially with Christmas around the corner!! This definitely took my gift card game to the next level!!

Just open it up and slide your gift card into the slit. When the recipient open it, it will automatically raise the card out!! How cool is that??!!

Watch it in action here...

I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to give it a try!!

And don't forget about the giveaway!! Head on over to the Xyron Facebook page now!!

Until next time...


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  1. these are beautiful!

  2. So lovely, functional & cool! Great art! LOVING WHAT YOU MADE WITH THE GORGEOUS G45 Flower Shoppe collection!♡ So hard to decide. Both sides of the papers are so pretty*☆♡☆* HUGS

    1. Awww!! Thank you so much, my friend! I absolutly LOVE this collection!!

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    1. Your comment just made me absolutely giddy!! Thank you!!

  4. Gorgeous gift card holders.
    Thanks for sharing...

  5. Clever idea for a gift card (or
    money too). The cards are
    beautiful. Love the summer
    feel. thanks for sharing

    1. What a clever idea!! Money!! Yes!! Especially if the bill is folded into a shape! Such a cool idea! Thanks for that!!

  6. Love love love this G45 project. I'm a huge fan. Hope to see more soon.

    1. I'm a huge fan of G45 too!! Their paper is absolutely gorgeous!! Will try to post more!

  7. Your Gift card holders srd so beautiful! Love them all.

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!! These papers makes it so hard to choose a favorite!

  8. Love these.
    I love graphic 45