That's why I've decided to use them up to make something I need all year long -- gift cards. Even a two-inch square of left-over paper and a random embellishment can become a tiny note attached to a gift. In fact, since I'm likely to use materials I'll never see again, you can be sure my designs are truly one-of-a-kind.
Pull together all your bits and pieces and let's get started, just in time for Valentine's Day. ~ by Kim M. Bayne
Tiny Gift Cards for Your Sweetheart
Materials & Tools List
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1. Cut pieces of poster board or card stock into 2 by 4-inch pieces.
2. Using paper trimmer scoring blade, score each piece of card at the 2-inch point. Fold. You now have your basic gift enclosure card. Repeat until you have as many blank cards as you'd like.
Ready? Time to embellish. Here are some sample gift cards you can make with the tiniest of embellishments and scraps.
3. The next time you use the last light bulb, save the package. It has lightweight, recyclable corrugated paper you can use for your paper crafting projects. Alternately, you can always use any piece of card stock and a crimping tool. Cut the cardboard into 1.75-inch squares (roughly).
4. Using the fuschia acrylic, paint the squares of corrugated paper then allow them to dry.
5. After the square has dried, apply glue to the front bottom of the square. Push a torn piece of pink tissue paper into the grooves on the cardboard then let it dry.
6. Using a small brush, apply glitter glue to the front of the tissue paper. Let it dry.
7. Trim excess tissue paper from around the square with scissors.
8. Punch a small hole in the decorative square then insert the heart-shaped brad.
9. Using a piece of double-stick tape, attach a small piece of ribbon horizontally.
10. Affix the embellished square to the front of a gift card. Voila! Now tape your gift card to the front of a package you carefully wrapped for your Valentine.
Now wasn't that easy? How many other teeny-tiny gift cards can you make? Here are a few more ideas.
This gift card uses the same painted corrugated cardboard, but I've torn it at an angle, backed it with a torn piece of pink card stock then added a fabric rose with glue.
This gift card uses the same paper choices as above, but I substituted a brass heart-shaped charm.
This gift card uses black glossy card stock, red matte card stock stamped with a Chinese calligraphy stamp, and a scrap of gold mesh ribbon from the holidays.
The next time you lean toward the trash can with a scrap of your favorite decorative paper, one lone rhinestone or that last sticker, think again! Pull out your gift card blanks and get crafting!
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Article Description: Got scraps? Make one-of-a-kind gift enclosure cards to go with a Valentine's Day surprise.