Joyous Gift Card Holder

Hi everyone, Audrey here with a fun and easy gift card holder idea today. I love giving gift cards at the holidays and special occasions. Whether you need a big gift or small, gift cards are perfect for basically everyone on my gift giving list, and I love that you can personalize them by selecting gift cards from your recipients favorite shops. But I have to say, the little envelopes gift cards tend to come in seem rather ordinary, and just plan lack-luster. So I've come up with a quick idea for creating an eye-catching gift card holder that will turn your gift from drab to fab in no time.

Isn't this new Joyous collection beautiful? Love the prints and colors, and Joyous is a full-line release, so there are tons of fabulous embellishments to choose from, too. I created my gift card holder in a large tag shape, so there's plenty of room for adding lots of pretty details and embellishments.

One of the Joyous die cut File Folders fits perfectly around the outside of the holder and adds a fabulous layer of detail with literally no work.

Index card, postage stamp, and photo corner die cuts dress up the beautiful journaling card instantly and easily. I added a bit of ribbon and lace and that adorable Santa sticker to finish off the cover. But better yet, untie the bow and open the tag to find hidden pockets inside, perfectly sized to hold more tags, holiday letters and photos, and cards.

Here's a few step-by-steps to get you started.

Create a 3.25"x8.25" card base from patterned paper. Cut off the top two corners at an angle to create a basic tag shape.
Open up the card base and measuring up 2" from the bottom, score across the bottom of the card.
Cut along the center fold line from the bottom up to the 2" score line. These will become the pocket flaps. Round the bottom corners using a corner punch.
Although it's not absolutely necessary to cut up along the center fold line, I've found that your gift card holder will fold closed and late flatter much more easily if you do. I've also found that trimming off just a sliver of paper along the inside edges will help with the bulky overlap, too.

 Machine stitch around the edges of the tag card holder. This will stitch the inside pocket flaps closed, as well as add a decorative touch to the finished card.
Add just a bit of adhesive to the inside of a File Folder die cut, and wrap the folder around the card base. Center the tag base evenly inside the File Folder so there is equal overhang on both sides.

Fill the inside pockets with holiday greetings, tags, additional die cuts, and gift cards. Punch holes at the top of the tag book and add paper reinforcers and twine ties.

Add you favorite embellishments and images to the front cover, adhering a length of ribbon under the layers that will tie the gift card holder closed.

Now your gift card holder is ready for giving! Enjoy!

Authentique Joyous Collection
12x12 Paper: Confection, Intent
6x6 Paper Bundle
Die Cut File Folders
Die Cut Titles & Phrases
Die Cut Mini Notes
Die Cuts Frames & Corners
Details Sticker Sheet
Trim: May Arts
Ink: Imagine Crafts for Tsukineko


  1. Thanks for the tutorial, I will definitely be trying this idea. You worked your magic with this lovely Christmas line. I love the mixed fonts on the tag front piece.

  2. Awesome project and thanks for the tutorial!

  3. beautiful! thanks for the tut, i would love to make one! love your christmas papers
    -Rachel w k

  4. Hi Audrey, This is so pretty and darling enough for the receiver to hang it on their Christmas tree, year after year. It would be a reminder of the monetary gift they received and also a cute Christmas decoration. I would have to sign and date it, as well! Love this Tag!! TFS!

  5. So fun Audrey! Love this!

  6. Great tutorial... love your card holder, those prints are awesome!!

  7. Great project! I love giving GCs for Christmas and BDs, too. What a festive way to dress them up!
    <3 J

  8. So cute! I just may use this idea for a make-n-take...thanks for the tutorial!

  9. beautiful and tfs. I am following you now. hugs

  10. LOVE this special "no die needed" double pocket tag card!!

    Each CHRISTmas, I struggle to make unique gift card holders. THANKS to you and your step-by-step tutorial, THIS YEAR the struggle is OVER before it began!!

    Thank you for sharing your talents and creativity with us, Audrey ~ ((Hugs))

  11. This is such a great idea and so pretty I just love it! Renae @


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