I frequently find myself in the position of needing a gift for somebody that I do not know very well – a teacher, a coach, or a co-worker of my husband. What to do? What to do? Answer: A Gift Card. These days you can get a gift card for just about anything: Home Improvement, Music, Movies, Restaurants, Books, Clothing, Manicures and Massages! The real question is how to stylishly present the gift card. I found my answer with this: a Diagonal Double Pocket Card.
I used the same base for these 3 cards, and then just customized them for different occasions, using pieces from Moxxie’s Forever Family Diecuts sheet and a piece I created using a Spellbinders die.
The base of the card is created by folding a sheet of 8.5”x11” piece of paper. I chose a piece from Moxxie’s Forever Family collection, Sister, and trimmed it to size. It has a beautiful, soft orange on one side and a warm yellow on the reverse. It is the perfect weight for this project because it is actually a lightweight cardstock. It is strong enough to make a sturdy card but not so heavy that it is too bulky to fold.
Fold the paper in
half length-wise and crease, with the orange on the inside.
Open. Turn paper 90 degrees.
Fold the paper in half again, width-wise this time, and
Fold the top left corner down so that it is about 1-1/4" from the center fold line. Crease.
Fold the top left
quadrant over on top of the right quadrant.
Crease. Adhere top layer to yellow background along right edge.
Fold the bottom
left quadrant under the bottom right quadrant.
Fold the bottom right corner up so that it meets the center fold line. Be sure you fold both layers at the same time. Crease.
Put adhesive along the right and left edges of the orange paper and fold the bottom section up. Adhere.
At this point, I create a focal image for the front of the card and mount it with dimensional foam tape. Next, cut 2 tags for inside the pockets, (1) 4.75" x 2.5" and (1) 5.25" x 2.75", decorating them with coordinating ribbons. In my samples, I cut my tags using other papers from Moxxie’s Forever Family Collection: Father and Grandchild. Adhere the gift card to the smaller tag and tuck it into the front pocket. Write a note on the larger tag and tuck it into the back pocket. You are done!
I make these cards all the time because they are fast and easy to customize for all occasions. I hope you will give it a try! Check out my blog today for a tutorial on creating the pinwheel element using Spellbinders’ Spectacular Spin Die.
Thanks for stopping by! Susie
Hello! It’s Michelle back in the Moxxie house with a couple of projects to share. I had a lot of fun this month using several different lines and papers.
I am going to start with the Forever Family line. Have you ever looked at a line of coordinated papers and decided that you really liked the colors and the designs but there were some words or other things that you didn’t really think pertained to you so you did not purchase them? Did you ever stop to think that there are tons of ways to use the papers and cover or omit those particular elements? Of course you did. I really wanted to use these papers to scrap my son’s going away party to college. I got some great family pictures from that day…something I don’t get very often. But, the word daughter did not really pertain in this instance and I wanted to use some of the colors without the words in the corners showing. Here was my solution to this problem.
I used a corner piece as part of the design of this two page layout to cover the words I did not want.. So simple. Also, some of the die cuts were not working but…..turn them over and voila!...something that can absolutely be used. I was so excited. It was like a little surprise each time. LOL!
On the second page I really wanted the word Grandson, but I only had one picture for this page. I thought it would have looked funny to use just the piece with that word on it because it would be way up in the corner or too far away from the picture. My solution again was to cut down the paper and use it as sort of a frame for the picture of my son and my parents. Then I was able to use all sorts of fun elements around the picture. I thought it turned out really fun!
Supplies used for family two page layout:
Forever Family Die Cut Sheet
Forever Family Sticker Sheet
Papers: Brother, Sister, Son, Grandmother
Another way to use these papers is to use them as cards. Fall cards are a perfect. Again, if you don’t like the word in the corner, you can avoid the word all together or use the reverse side of that part of the sheet. So many ways! Here is the card I made with this line.
Mix it up a bit and you can usually make it work.
Supplies used for card:
Forever Family Die Cut Sheet
Forever Family Sticker Sheet
Paper: Daughter, Cream Solid Card Stock
My next project was an art canvas I wanted to make for my laundry room. I had pinned a post from Pinterest a long time ago and I just loved it. I had wanted to re-create my version but wasn’t sure where I would put it. I had been re-organizing and slightly re-decorating my laundry room and I thought I could make it to match my new orange accents.
I always like to link back to the original blog post from Pinterest. You can find it at Two Girls Being Crafty. They give a pretty good tutorial for their version. I changed mine a little bit.
When you purchase a new canvas, it is pretty stark. I wanted more of a washed look. I used Burnt Umber Semi-Opaque acrylic craft paint. I brushed it on with a sponge brush then wiped a lot of it off with a rag. This created just the look I wanted.
After the background had completely dried I used brown acrylic paint and a thin craft paint brush (I believe it was a Hero Arts Brand) to paint the branches. On Two Girls Being Crafty she used a paint pen. I just used what I had.
I wanted to use Moxxie paper on this project so I created the circles using their paper and my Cricut machine. I cut four sizes 1 ¼”, 1’, ¾” & ½” circles. As I cut them, I placed them onto the canvas where I wanted them. After I had them all perfectly set, I inked the edges of each circle. (I am still an inkaholic). Then, I glued them all down.
I used three coats of Mod Podge to go over the entire project. I first used the solution that I had made from glue and water. It did not work very well, so I then used brand name Mod Podge for the final two coats. It turned out perfectly. I absolutely love it and am so glad I took the time to make it.
Here it is hanging in my laundry room. Pretty good, right?
Supplies used for art canvas project:
Sponge brush, Hero Arts paint brush
Moxxie papers used:
At the Beach – Beach Bum
Busy Boy – Shape Up, Little Monster, Sweet Ride
Child’s Play – Crazy Daze, Let’s Ride
Nautical – Rough Waters, Ship Ahoy, Set Sail
I hope I have inspired you to make an art project for yourself! It is fun.
Until next time,