Gift Card Holders – Two Ways!

Hello! Today we are sharing gift card holder ideas from two of our Creative Team members! But before we dive in, a reminder that our Black Friday Weekend Sale is in full swing! Use code SAVE15 to take 15% off your entire cart at checkout!

Now let’s join Jayne and learn how she created her gorgeous project!

There are so many reasons to love giving and receiving gift cards at the holidays, but one of my favorite reasons to give gift cards is that they are so easy to mail to distant friends and family. By creating gift card holders that fit easily into envelopes, it’s so simple to send holiday wishes with gifts tucked inside!

Holiday Gift Cards by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

Just for fun and a bit of festivity, I created a pair of cards with transparent shaker panels to partially reveal the gift cards affixed inside. To create the snowflake card, stamp the CG685 Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints background onto a piece of green layering paper with Emerald Green ink. Then, using a craft knife and a straight edge, or a rectangular die, cut a 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ rectangle from the center of the card front. At the same time, cut a similar rectangle in the center of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white layering paper. This will become an interior frame that will conceal adhesive. Now, take the snowflake card and cut a 3/8″ frame around the previously cut rectangle. This will become the top frame of the shaker panel.

Holiday Gift Cards by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To assemble the transparent shaker panel, adhere a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of acetate to the back of the card front. Then, adhere the white interior frame over the acetate to conceal the adhesive. Adhere a 2″ x 3 1/4″ piece of acetate to the back of the snowflake stamped frame and add trimmed, foam tape around the back. Place a small collection of assorted sequins between the acetate panels, align frame, and adhere with the foam tape.  That’s it … the shaker is done!

To partially conceal the gift card inside, cut a Winter Cheer Tag from vellum, tie it with a twine bow, and adhere it to the shaker frame. Next, stamp a sentiment from the Winter Cheer Tag set by Lia with VersaMark ink, emboss it with white embossing powder, and add it across the vellum tag. For a final detail, put a single, green gemstone on the tag.

Holiday Gift Cards by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To easily affix and align a gift card behind the shaker panel, open the card flat, face down, and lay the gift card, also face down, into the cut rectangle of the interior frame. Apply an adhesive dot to each corner of the gift card, fold the back of the card onto the gift card and apply gentle pressure, ensuring that the adhesive sticks. Just like that, your gift card is secure and positioned perfectly!

Holiday Gift Cards by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

As long as I had my supplies out, I made a second card. The process was exactly the same but this time, I created a red card with the CG681 Candy Stripe Bold Prints background and a vellum tag with the DC167 Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia. Wouldn’t these be fun in non-traditional holiday colors, too?

And here’s Suzanne, with her ideas for giving gift cards!

Hey there! Gift card holders can come in all shapes and sizes, and today I wanted to show you how to hide your gift cards between two of your favorite tag die cuts!


Simply cut two tags from some card stock, but leave one tag longer than the other so that you can fold a seam along the bottom – you can adhere the edge of the seam to the back of the other tag. To decorate my gift card holder, I used CL909 Merry Cactus To You and the coordinating DI146 Merry Cactus Frame Cuts, along with the AF319 Ombré Light to Red Royal  and AF320 Ombré Lime to Forever Green  ink pads.


Notice how I used a strip of white card stock to add the sentiment – but this piece also wraps around the outside edge of the tag to help keep the gift card tucked inside. The best way to keep it secure, though, is with a couple of glue dots on the back of the gift card! No need to create a full “pocket” for your gift card when you use some of those!


Adding some twine or ribbon through the tops of both tags also helps to keep the gift card inside as well. I also splattered some acrylic paint onto the tag to help embellish the white space to the right of the cactus.

These would be super easy to make in bulk! You could also hang this tag from the front of a card, or use it to decorate the outside of an envelope or small gift bag. Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks ladies, these ideas are fabulous, and would make receiving a gift card this Christmas extra special!

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