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!
This fancy fold card style has lots of dimension and extra wow! when it’s opened and the parts move. It may look a little complicated but it’s not really.
To begin, I cut my card base and a layer of DSP and cut a rectangle from the front of the pair of them, attached together with a little temporary adhesive. The piece of card base will be used later so don’t discard it!
Next, I cut the liner, which is also the mechanism to make the swing fold. Score the card at ¼, ½ and ¾ across the piece and fold ‘mountain-mountain-valley’, as shown in the photo.
Place the liner with the first ‘mountain’ fold facing up into the card front and mark the left-hand side of the hole. Remove the liner and cut away slightly bigger than the hole using either a trimmer or I used the next size up rectangle die and the partial die-cutting technique.
The liner is then glued into the card base by adhering the bit around the cut away to the back of the opening and the last quarter of the lining to the right-hand side of the back of the card base.
After gluing the DSP onto the front, I attached the swing panel, which is the section of card base cut out at step 1. Apply the glue to the swing mechanism only and attach the panel.
Lastly, decorate as you wish!
I used Stampin’ Up! Pampered Pets for my cards.
It’s also possible to make this card in landscape format too and using an oval cut out rather than a rectangle.
I think I’ll try a square version next time to give more space for writing my message.
This week’s project is a fun card, giving a little surprise to the recipient. When the card is opened, the snowflake spins around. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a spinning snowflake, you can use any shape. I include a star shaped card at the end which looks really cool!
To begin, I cut the aperture from the card base and layers. To get them to line up perfectly, I layered the pieces without gluing, placed my circle die and held them all in place with a post-it note for running through the Big Shot. The card base didn’t cut through as there were too many layers but it did leave an impression so I knew where to put the die the second time around.
Next, I stamped my snowflake images and cut them out. They seemed a little flimsy for my purpose so I cut another 2 snowflakes from thick Whisper White card and stuck one to the back of each stamped image. I sandwiched a length of beading elastic down the centre of the two snowflakes to make the spinning element. I have also seen people use dental floss or fishing line for the supporting line; I tried embroidery floss to begin with and that didn’t work very well.
I glued the DSP onto the mat layer and then the two ends of elastic were adhered top and bottom of the aperture on the back of the mat layer.
This whole panel was then glued onto the card base, using plenty of strong adhesive at the elastic anchor points.
Using the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, I stamped the liner and my sentiment.
To make it spin for the recipient, just twist the spinner round 4 or 5 times before placing it in the envelope. Here is the finished card in action!
After completing this card, I wanted to see if it would work with a more complex shape so made this one using the Stitched Stars dies and Brightly Gleaming DSP. It did!