Giving money is thought, by some, to be lacking in thought. However, I like it since it gives the recipient free reign to spend it wherever they want rather than being tied to a particular store with a gift card. One of my colleagues managed to get married last year so the watch had a collection for him and his new wife. Quite a substantial sum was collected and we didn’t want to present it in a tatty white envelope, so I was asked to make a presentation wallet.
Making a presentation wallet (of any size) is fairly straight forward but needs a bit of planning out. To begin, the finished size and depth is required to draw up a plan view. This will help determine if your box can be cut from one sheet of card or not. This is my plan for the box I made which was 3¾” x 5⅝” x ¼”. Once the front, back and pocket sections are added, together with the top, base and sides (for the depth), the next thing is to work out where the tabs need to go in order to glue the box together.
I don’t usually go to the trouble of drawing my plan out to scale, it usually looks like the sketch in the top of the next photo! After scoring all the lines, I then used these as guides for cutting away the excess card, which left me with this.
I cut pieces of DSP to decorate the panels and also added a thin magnet underneath the pocket panel. A magnetic closure always makes a gift wallet feel that bit more special!
Once all the decorative panels were in place, I dropped the other magnet onto the front of the wallet. It was naturally drawn into the correct place, where I added a spot of glue under it.
To cover the magnet, I then made a focal panel from layered ovals, the bride and groom’s initials and some hearts. I gave the metallic paper some added interest by dry embossing it. I added a polka dot tulle bow as the magnet was just visible.
It’s not shown here but I added a white panel on the back of the front cover (the part at the top of this photo) on which I wrote the message from the watch.
I was really pleased to get a message from the couple saying that they loved the personalised gift wallet. Feedback like that makes creating bespoke gifts all the more rewarding!
Sometimes, a jaunty angle can really add a new dimension to a project. When I first tried this card, I cut it straight across and it looked… well… distinctly average. However, make a diagonal cut and the whole thing is transformed. I give you three options, depending how much work you want to put in!
To begin, I stamped the greeting from Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes on the bottom of my card front, just so I had an idea of how much to chop off. I found a nice angle if I lined up the bottom right corner with the top of the grid section on my trimmer and the top right corner against the stop rail. This also allowed me to repeat the cards at more or less the same angle.
The top section was embossed using the Winter Snow folder and I covered the join with a ¼” strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper, trimming the ends flush with the white panel.
The whole panel was mounted onto a Balmy Blue layer and then onto a white card base.
For an easier option, I cut a piece of Snowflake Splendour DSP about 5” long and a piece of Whisper White about 1½”, placed the white piece on the right side of the patterned paper and cut both together at the same angle.
I flipped over the white piece and stamped the sentiment, then covered the join with the strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper. By cutting the two pieces together, the pieces should have the same angle and match up. Hopefully! The piece was trimmed to size and mounted like the previous card.
The last option is a bit more work. I embossed the white piece with the Subtle folder and cut out a selection of snowflakes using the So Many Snowflakes dies. Tip: applying a sheet of adhesive to the glimmer paper before die cutting the snowflakes makes the next step much easier. Guess who didn’t remember to do that! These snowflakes were stuck onto the embossed piece and any overhanging bits were trimmed off.
This week’s star of the show is the Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. It’s super detailed and has so much dimension that it deserves to be the focal point of the card. I paired it with the new Brushed Metallic cardstock for added glitz!
To begin, I embossed a top layer of white card and a skinnier panel of metallic card. I deliberately made my metallic panel longer so that I’d have some wiggle room when assembling the two together.
As the embossing is so deep, it’s easy to ‘feel’ when the panels are aligned and the branches match. Once aligned, I glued first the top half, holding the bottom in place, then lifted the bottom to adhere that. I used lots of liquid glue to get into all the nooks and crannies of the trees. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess metallic card.
I wanted a pop of colour on the card so I applied a strip of adhesive tape across the panel to attach some coordinating ribbon.
Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a Cherry Cobbler mat layer and then onto the Smoky Slate card base, adding the greeting.
Since I had three colours of brushed metallic card, I had to make three cards. This one is in more traditional colours comprising Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
The last one is copper with Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy.