Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Reading Gifts

Today is the last day of school for the boys, we are on the verge of summer!  I'm notorious for leaving Teacher Gifts to the last minute.  So it's not a surprise that I just finished the gifts for this year, and I'll take them to the teachers at the end of the day.  I knew I wanted to give them a combination gift, a gift card to a bookstore and a bookmark.  So today I have a tutorial on how I made them.  It's really a simple gift, but sometimes it's nice to have someone show you the step by step.

Here's the trio of card/bookmark/gift certificate holders.

Inside each of these is a pocket for a bookmark and a gift certificate for the bookstore.  Lots of pictures here so sit back and enjoy!

Here are the supplies you'll need for one of these. 

  • One 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of cardstock

  • 1 piece of 6 x 6 designer series paper

  • 1 piece white cardstock 3 1/4 x 5 1/4

  • 2 colored images

  • Nestabilities shapes (here Deckled Rectangles and Mega Deckled Rectangles)

  • Scor-It Board

  • Scor-Tape

  • Ribbon

  • Scallop Punch

  • Oval Punch (Large)

  • Word Window Punch

  • Embossing Folder

  • 1/2 inch circle punch

  • Assorted ribbons

  • oh and Dimensionals, but they're not pictured

First step, cut your 8 1/2 x 11 sheet to 5 1/2 x 11, leaving you a strip of 3 x 11 - set that aside you'll use it later.

Score the 5 1/2 x 11 sheet along the 5 1/2 side at 3 1/2, 7 and 10 1/2 inches.

On the section with the 1/2 inch tab cut down to the score line at 3 inches.  Leaving you an attached 2 1/2 inch piece.

Fold on score lines, remember mountain folds go in. 

On that smaller 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch section take your Word Window Punch and slightly centering to the right punch a window, then moving slightly to the left punch a partial window.  This will be your opening for your gift card.

Using Scor Tape, add tape to the tab and then the bottom of the center section. This will form your pocket for the bookmark, as you can see below.

This is the front of the card folder, I've just embossed a piece of white cardstock 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 with this Victorian Folder.  On a project like this I alsmot always use Scor Tape on all my layers.

Here you take your 3 x 11 inch piece that you had set aside and you'll use it for the matting of your front image and as well the Mega Deckled Rectangles Nestability for your bookmark.  Now... I'll let you in on a little secret.  The Mega Deckled Rectangle is slightly too long for the bookmark, so after I had run it through the Big Shot once, I used the top edge of the Deckled Rectangles and ran it through the Big Shot again, trimming a strip about 1/4 inch off to fit the bookmark into the card.

Add a pretty piece of scallop edged designer paper to the front of the card folder (2 1/2 x 3 1/4).

Then take a length of ribbon about 20 inches long.  Attach to the front of the card at the edge of the designer paper with Scor Tape.  This will hold the ribbon in place.

Here I've added the matted main image and the sentiment.  The flowers are all from A Year In Flowers sets I, II and III from Flourishes and the Sentiment is from Fanciful Flourishes

Here is the bookmark.  I've just added some designer paper and then a narrower piece of the same main image floral cut with my Mega Deckled Rectangles, then a 1/2 inch circle punch on the top fed with some pretty ribbon. 

Above the bookmark in the pocket. 

And above with the gift card in it's slot.

A closeup of the coloring on each card.....

And the folders open:

So there you have it!  I kept all the details pretty simple, especially on the bookmarks so that they're better for book use, and on the folders too because I was so late on everything! 

Alright I have to run to school now....!

Copic Colors Used:  Roses:  R14, R27, R29, R59, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99
Violets:  Y17, Y19, V12, V15, V17, YG00, YG03, YG05
Cyclamen:  RV00, RV02, RV04, G12, G05


Danni said...

These are so fabulous!! Just gorgeous!!

Heide said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning! Love the design and color on all three of you book mark cards!

Traci M said...

These are gorgeous, Christine!! I want to try one, you always inspire me, and such a great, detailed tutorial! I'm sure these were so appreciated by the teachers!!

Marisa said...

These are gorgeous, Christine!! Thanks for the tutorial. Love the bookmark/gift card all in one. I'm sure the teachers will be thrilled and awed to get them :D

Love your I'm Bored Jar idea! May have to have one in our house as well.

Betty Benton said...

Stunning -- one and all!!

Crystal said...

WOW Christine thanks for the wonderful tutorial..these are gorgeous, I will for sure have to give these a shot!! Stunning work girl!

leenda said...

Beautiful artwork! Thanks for the details!

Jerri Jimenez said...

These are gorgeous and absolutely perfect gift card holders Christine! I know the teachers appreciate the gifts and will treasure their cards!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Cant believe yall are just getting out of school!! We have been out a month now and our time to go back is getting closer! (pout!) Love this tutorial you put together Christine! A perfect gift! Thanks for sharing!

Ruthie said...

Love these! your coloring is awesome! great idea for any "reader" in our lives! Think I'll use this one soon!
Blessings on you this summer - have a great one!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Christine, what an awesome idea!!! I absolutely love your choice of stamps and your coloring....amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the how-to on this fun gift idea!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gorgeous! Oh these are wonderful Christine! I love your tutorial for the holder (much better than mine in the past) I really have to case this idea. They are going to LOVE them.

KarinsArtScrap said...

hi christine

these are looking great.
you have made these cardfolders beautiful
and the coloring of the flowers is great

greetings karin

Rose Ann said...

Wow...these are soooo amazing and beautiful, Christine!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial as well!! I'll bet the teachers were totally impressed and loved them!!

Sharon Basel said...

Great tutorial Christine! These are beautifully done. I can't wait to try this myself!