Scrappy Background Gift Card Holder

Today I have a card idea that I wanted to share with you all to use up those leftover scraps. I recently saw Jennifer McGuire make a gift card holder card using this technique and I really wanted to give it a try. You can see her card that inspired me here.

This gift card holder card is a great way to incorporate some scrap designer series paper to make your own card background. The designer series paper used here is the recently retired Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. I combined it with sentiments from the June 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit. I normally wouldn’t showcase items from Paper Pumpkin, but this kit will be available for customers to purchase on August 11, 2020!

Some of you may have a few scraps of designer series paper leftover and wonder what to do with those little strips. Well I am here to say…don’t throw them out! You can use those strips and combine them with coordinating cardstock and make your own background!

Here are my tips for creating this fun background:

  • Pick 1 designer series paper pattern to start with.
  • Choose 2-3 coordinating colors. (I wouldn’t do more than this otherwise it may be too busy looking.)
  • Make sure that your strips are varying widths but that the like strips are the same size. For example: if you decide to make one of your designer series paper strips 1/2″, then make all of the designer series paper strips 1/2″ wide.
  • Cut as as many strips as needed for your background. I would say you will need at least 4-5 of each color/pattern depending on how wide you make your strips and how many colors you choose to work with.
  • For an extra fun touch, pick 1 of the colored cardstock strips and use like color ink (or Versamark Ink) and stamp a sentiment across it. You can also leave them blank, it’s up to you! 
My formula for the strips on this card is:
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock: 1/4″ wide
  • Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper: 1/2″ wide
  • Purple Posy Cardstock: 1″ wide
Card Recipe:
(Don’t forget to see the complete product showcase at the bottom of this post)
Cut Your Paper:
  • Whisper White Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Whisper White Gift Card Belly Band: 1/2″ x 5″
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock: 1/4″ wide
  • Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper: 1/2″ wide
  • Purple Posy Cardstock: 1″ wide
1. Position the sentiment in your Stampartus and secure it with your plate. 
2. Place the Purple Posy Cardstock in your Stamparatus, secure with your magnet, then stamp the sentiment in Highland Heather Ink along the strip. Repeat along the strip so you have at least 2 sentiments on one strip. Repeat on 2 additional strips.
3. Stamp the Sunshine sentiment in Daffodil Delight ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock.
4. Die cut this piece using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
1. Fold your Whisper White Card Base in half and burnish with your Bone Folder.
2. Place the open card on top of your Silicone Craft Sheet with the front of the card facing you.
3. Take your Stampin’ Seal+ and run it all over the front of the card until it is completely covered.
4. Postion the strip in an alternating pattern as shown until the front of the card is covered.
5. Turn the card over and trim off the excess with your Paper Snips.
6. Take your Whisper White Gift Card Belly Band strip and wrap it somewhat loosely around a gift card to get the exact size. Secure it with Stampin’ Seal+.
7. Adhere the belly band to your card using Stampin’ Seal+.
8. Pop the sentiment up using Stampin’ Dimensionals to cover the gift card belly band.
9. Color some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with your Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends and place them on your card and you’re done!

Printable Instructions! I have included the PDF tutorial instructions so that you can print them and take them with you if you would like to. Here’s the handy dandy printable (click here).

Happy Stamping!

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