Friday, April 27, 2012

Beautifying Simple Gifts With Authentique & May Arts




Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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For the past few Mother's Days, I've made things for my lovely mother and mother-in-law. This year has been a little busier than most, and I think I'm going to take a breather and choose a slightly easier path... Gift cards! There is only one problem, gift card envelopes are kind of ugly. So I found a few PDF's and SVG cuts for the following cards. 

These three were the easiest things to make! I simply followed this tutorial (and PDF) to create them. They were so easy! I actually preferred these to the ones that I cut with my electronic die cut machine. It was really nice to be able to use scissors and achieve something so pretty!

Here is an open card with a card in it so that you can see what the finished product looks like.
 
This cute little box which is the perfect size for a gift card was created using this template. It's really nice that there is an option for both a PDF and a SVG version. I cut this, then just messed with a generic heart shape to layer on the top of the closure. It's not perfect, but it's really cute.
This was just a super simple folded paper that I used my X-Acto to cut little holder marks to hold the card. I simply used a gift card holder that I had been given as my template.
A few things I figured out while making these:
  • If you want to use the PDF template, you can use a light holding adhesive to temporarily attach the tracing sections to the paper so that it stays still (Authentique paper is great for this, as it's so thick!) I used my ATG, then my hand to "unstickify" the glue a little bit.
  • It is really easy to wrap neat ribbons around a simple gift card holder to make it more special. 
  • I found that if my ribbon was wrinkled, my flat iron worked really well to smooth it out. I used the lowest setting possible.
I hope that you have fun making even the simplest of gifts just a little more special! Happy Mother's Day!
Authentique Paper Products: "Gathering": Tabloids, Icons, Foundations, Bloom, Harmony, Flourish, Grow, Reminisce, Classic Type, Petite Type
May Arts Products: All ribbon products by May Arts
Other Supplies: Colorbox Chalk Ink, dimensional adhesive, Basic Grey buttons and brads

30 comments:

  1. Very cute gift card holders. Love that paper choice. jeannett_mcgee@comcast.net

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  2. Really sweet card holders, love the colors, thank you for sharing them.

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  3. Beautiful papers and ribbons on these wonderful gift card holders.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  4. who wouldn't love to receive a gift card in one of these beautiful envies? stunning!

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  5. love, love, love these. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. love these gift card holder....so creative and fun...thanks for sharing.

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  7. Such a fantastic idea and they are so adorable!

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  8. Great projects! I'm loving these papers, and it's amazing how just a little bit of ribbon really finishes off your project. Thanks!

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  9. Really great idea, Heather, I'm definitely going to try this one out!

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  10. Stunning! And what a great collection of ribbons, too!

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  11. Love these Projects. Really loveing the idea of a pocket on the inside. These cards are Beautiful. I am loving all that ribbon too.

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  12. Gorgeous Heather! I love the negative space created for the heart. Those trims are gorgeous!

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  13. These are so lovely Heather! I just adore these papers and I want to use them to paper my walls :) I love to give gift cards and I am always looking for new ways to "wrap" them! Thanks for these gorgeous ideas!

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  14. Wow! These are beautiful gift card holders!

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  15. I'm really loving the papers you used. The orange and aqua are gorgeous together!! The boxes are a great gift---I love practical gifts. The cards will come in handy, too.

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  16. Gorgeous cards. I love the paper and the colors. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Your poppy paper looks gorgeous with the ribbon. They look like they were made to go together. So pretty.

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  18. Love this color combo!! Gorgeous project.

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  19. Such a sweet idea Heather. They are beautiful!!!

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  20. What a great idea. These are great looking cards for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. These are beautiful! I give gift cards often and these are a great way to present them!

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  22. love the color choices and the gift card holder! Thanks so much!
    Lisa

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  23. i've used your idea of a gift card template I had received. I've also made them from gum packaging covered and stamped with pp. Yours are lovely. Thanks

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  24. This is pure sweetness, I love this darling little Butterfly colored perfectly!
    Awesome card.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this post with us...nice and use full article...Super Glue or Cyanoacrylate.

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