MFT is working harder than ever to inspire you, and we have come up with something we think you'll really enjoy. Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where the design team is challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month, the theme is "Baby". Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have Baby themed projects today!
I chose to make a gift card holder card for a baby. As any parent knows, gift cards are wonderful for those things you really didn't think or know you needed until baby arrives :)
I used a few stamp sets on this card and lots of Die-namics!! You will notice I didn't use any actual baby themed stamp sets - love to find out of the box uses for stamp sets :) I made an extra long tag using the Tag You're It Die-namics as the focal panel for my card front. I have a quick photo tutorial to show you how to do that at the end of this post. This tag is about 6" long. I then created a pocket for a gift card which is in a sleeve made using the Vertical Greetings Die-namics (I also show how I made the sleeve at the end of this post). The "Special Delivery" is from First Class Friend and the "For" is from Tag You're It. I used chipboard, paper, and Die-namics By The Letters to create the word "baby". The flower is Pretty Posies Die-namics, which I think is such a sweet flower - perfect for babies :) Here is a look at the gift card removed.
The inside of the card features Polka Dot Greetings, shapes from Notched Tag Die-namics and a flower center from Pretty Posies.
Here are the Die-namics I used for this project.
Now I will show you how to create that long tag and sleeve for the gift card.
I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock cut longer than I wanted my final tag to be. Position the Tag You're It Die-namics at one end of the cardstock on your cutting plate. Position the second plate over your die so the bottom edge of the Die-namics is exposed and will therefore not be cut.
After running this through your die-cutting machine, trim off the excess around the top of the tag. Position the die overlapping the cut portion so that the bottom edge is at the length you would like your tag to be. Tape in place using removable tape.
Run this through your die-cutting machine, this time with the top of the tag not part of your cutting sandwich.
This is what you will end up with, a nice long tag!
I also used the Vertical Greetings Die-namics to create a simple sleeve for the gift card. Start with a piece of patterned paper cut 3" x 5". Score along the 5" side at 1-1/4".
Crease and fold at the scored line. Position the folded paper on the Vertical Greetings Die-namics so the fold is within the Die-namics and will not be cut. Secure in place with removable tape and send this through your die-cutting machine.
This is what you will end up with.
I neglected to take photos of the next steps, but it is very easy. Cut a second Vertical Greeting shape from patterned paper and trim one end so that it is the same size and shape as your folded Vertical Greeting. Adhere this trimmed shape to the flap on the folded shape, keeping all edges flush. For a nice secure pull tab, I used a ribbon tab which was sewn in place through a wooden button. Be sure to sew this only through one layer of the sleeve or your gift card may not fit (ask how I know this? -lol). I then used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to secure the two sides together at the very top under my ribbon tab. This enables the gift card to slide in and out easily while also being pulled out of the pocket very easily.
I hope you enjoyed my Baby card and how-tos. As always, feel free to ask any questions. Thank you for stopping by and remember to check Kim's blog for the full list of designers participating today. Have a great day!
Special Delivery gift card holder - 3-1/2" x 6-1/2"
Papers: Miss Caroline - Howdy Doody (My Mind's Eye), Light Kraft (The Kraft Outlet), Chocolate fudge
Inks: Memento rich cocoa (Tsukineko), Antique linen distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Tag You're It Die-namics, Vertical Greetings Die-namics, Die-namics By The Letters, Pretty Posies Die-namics, Polka Dot Greetings Die-namics, Small Scallop Border Die-namics, Notched Tag Die-namics, puff cloud white felt (MFT), 3/4" Champagne V Striped Twill, Flax The Twinery twine (The Ribbon Carousel), wooden buttons (Basic Grey), floss (CTMH), sewing machine, foam tape, Jody boosters