Gift Card Holder

by Jenn Balcer

Personalize gift card packaging to suit the recipient and the occasion.


  • 2 3/4" x 11" strip colored cardstock (here Groovy Guava)
  • 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" colored cardstock (here Certainly Celery)
  • 2 3/8" x 3 3/8" colored cardstock (here So Saffron)
  • 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" neutral cardstock (here Whisper White)
  • 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" colored cardstock (here Certainly Celery)
  • Scrap cardstock (here So Saffron and Whisper White)
  • Two #3 coin envelopes (2 1/2" x 4")
  • Circle punches (1 3/8", 1 1/4", 1/8" handheld)
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade
  • Cutter kit
  • Adhesive (SNAIL and Dimensionals)
  • Stamps, Ink, Embellishments, Paper Snips


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images on cardstock strip.

    Using scoring blade on paper trimmer, score strip at 2 3/4", 3", 6 7/8" and 7 1/8".

    Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp images on neutral cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Layer stamped images and embellish as desired.

    Note: The Cutter Kit's distressing tool was used on the middle layer.

  4. Step 4

    Fold scored strip to create gift card holder.

    Position dimensionals on left side of image back.

  5. Step 5

    Remove backing from dimensionals, and position on gift card holder. The shorter side will tuck under the stamped panel to keep it closed. Set aside.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp images on one side of one coin envelope.

  7. Step 7

    Use adhesive to adhere coin envelopes together.

  8. Step 8

    Trim coin envelopes to 3 1/2" with paper trimmer.

  9. Step 9

    Punch semi-circle from coin envelopes with 1 1/4" circle punch.

  10. Top view

  11. Step 10

    Open gift card holder, and apply adhesive to center panel.

  12. Adhere coin envelopes to center panel.

  13. Step 11

    Stamp sentiment and other images on two 1/4" x 3 1/4" colored cardstock, and another image on scrap neutral cardstock.

    Punch neutral cardstock with 1 1/4" circle punch, and also a 1 3/8" circle from scrap of colored cardstock.

  14. Adhere larger circle behind sentiment card, leaving about 1/4" hanging off of the right side. Adhere smaller circle on front as shown.

    Insert sentiment card into one coin envelope, and a gift card into the other.

  15. Step 12

    Tuck cardstock under stamped panel to close gift card holder.

    Finished project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gift Card Holder. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

WOW!! This is absolutely A-MAZING. I didn't even know that people could make such things from scratch so easily. I hope that I day when I have time, when I can afford such cutters and fancy stamps/papers/glues, and most importantly, when I am out medical school, I can embark on such projects. Thank you for sharing.
S  |  Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 6:20 PM
Love it...want to make it but...where do you get the #3 coin envelopes (2 1/2" x 4")?
Sandib  |  Fri May 23, 2008 at 7:45 AM
where do you get #3 coin envelopes?
double dee  |  Thu Aug 7, 2008 at 2:18 PM
Where do you get the coin envelopes?
Anne  |  Tue Sep 9, 2008 at 8:04 PM
There are so many to choose from. There are two that are my favorite, the Pull Out Scrapbook and the gift card holder. Since I have to pick one it would be the Gift Card Holder. It is so useful and can be adapted for any occassion. I give alot of gift cards, so this is very useful for me. This is a wonderful gift you are giving away and I would love to win it.


Linda Duensing
Linda Duensing  |  Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 7:15 AM
¬°Uhau!, genial!!
Monika  |  Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 8:04 AM
Instead of a coin envelope I actually used the envelope the gift card came in and just covered it with another piece of cardstock...ended up great and I didn't have to go looking for the coin envy's!
Paula C  |  Sat Oct 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM
love the fact that you include a video for those of us who need as much visual as possible-you do a wonderful job on the tutorials. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
Linda  |  Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM
I love it and went to make a few and can not fing coin envelopes anywhere. I went to a few ofc supply stores and they only have cases (100 and up). I do not need that many. I would not mind buying 25 or 50, but surely not 100. LOL. Anyway, fantastic job. TFS and God Bless.
Diana C  |  Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Thanks so much for this cool tutorial. I love the fact that you do the video too so that those of us who are visual learners can do the craft. Are you aware that on the video you give the wrong last score line as 8 1/4 instead of 7 1/8?
Connie in FL  |  Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM
OY! did I say Beate? I meant Jenn....mea culpa!
Connie in FL  |  Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM
Wow, I was trying to think of how to make my gift cards look more presentable, and your link was the first one that I saw on google, It's completely different to what I was orginally thinking of doing, but exactly what I needed. now all i have to work out is the feasibility... I need to make 1000 of these...
Jane  |  Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 3:03 AM
Beautiful, Lori, and I loved your Betty story. I love when tnhgis remind me of our early married years
Matheus  |  Wed Feb 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM

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