Monday, December 2, 2013

Jingle Bells

Arrgh! It's December already...Christmas will be here before we know it! Thank goodness for this fortnight's "Christmas Card" challenge at Creative Cutting Challenge, or I wouldn't have a single card done yet!

I decided to start with family cards and created this cool gift card holder for one of my nephews. It's a fantastic idea I gleaned from Cindy at The Creative Pointe. It's the perfect size for holding a gift card, but I typically give cash, and this works for that too!

I wanted this to be fairly masculine and mature enough looking for a 17-year-old. I chose The Creative Pointe's 'Christmas Bells' SVG file to cut a large jingle bell to adorn the front.

To make the bell look aged metallic and give it some interest, I clear embossed some French writing and then layered on metallic Distress Stains. The ribbon was colored with an Aged Mahogany Distress Marker.

I modified the inside a tad since the flap on my invitation envelope comes to a point, unlike the one in the example from Cindy. Instead of using the right half of the flap, I tucked it in to create a little slant pocket. A row of jingle bell garland (colored just like the bell on the front) adorns the pocket's edge.

On the left side, I added more patterned paper and stamped "Merry Christmas". Here you can see how the inside looks with the "gift". It's just the cutest little gift card!

Other Challenge Fun:
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #48 - Anything Goes or twist of gift packaging
House of Cards:  Holiday Blog Hop
Perfectly Rustics:  PR Design Challenge No.12 – Christmas Gift

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’, ‘Ivory’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 'Christmas' 6x6
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Christmas Bells
Stamps: Croppy Cat; Stampin' Up!
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Walnut Stain’; Distress Stain ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Brushed Pewter’, ‘Tarnished Brass’, ‘Antiqued Bronze’; Top Boss embossing pad; Distress Marker ‘Aged Mahogany’; Archival 'Coffee'
Embellishments: Zing embossing powder ‘Clear’; twine
Tools:  Foam ink blending tool; heat tool; SCAL; Cricut Expression; 3M spray adhesive; Tim Holtz paper distresser
Misc: A4 invitation envelope ‘Ivory’


  1. This is awesome! Love the big bell and the slanted inside is genius!!

  2. Oh, this is amazing!!! LOVE that jingle bell and the simplicity of the design! Thank you SO MUCH for joining in the fun with us at HOC! Good luck! :) Mynn xx

  3. Fab creation, love your clever design, thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Alex x

  4. Love the gift card holder idea. Really gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards. Have a great day.

  5. WOW, WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is soooooooo cool!!! That bell for a start is totally amazing!!! I mean it really looks real! I LOVE all the detail you've added to it, embossing, sparkle, variety of colours....WOW it's awesome and the paper selection and the layout and the twine and ...... certainly a PERFECT gift for a guy!!! Thanks heaps for joining us at Perfectly Rustics this time!!
    SMiles and Christmas wishes SHarnee :)

  6. This is a great idea and very well executed! Thank you for playing along with us at Perfectly Rustics this fortnight. :)

  7. Great gift card design! I particularly love your treatment of your bell(s)! Nice card beautifully crafted! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  8. What a great gift card! I am always on the hunt for ideas for them, may have to steal it! Thanks for joining us at HOC!

  9. This is such a wonderful gift card holder. Thanks so much for playing with us at HOC.

  10. Your bell is just stunning! This is such a clever way to give money or a gift card. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  11. Super cute card Vicki and I reallly like what you did with the inside too

  12. Very cute money holder! Thanks for joining in with HOC!

  13. Superb, this jumbo bell! I love the natural look of your card!
    Thanks for joining at HOC, to our blog hop and DT call.
    Good luck! Rosi x

  14. Love your huge jingle bell and a fab way to give money as a gift. Thanks for joining in our December blog hop challenge at HOC.

    Hugs, Vannessa


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