Slit Latch Gift Card Holder

by Jane Matsumoto

Create a gift card holder out of one strip of heavy patterned paper.


  • One 2-3/4" x 10" piece of sturdy patterned paper

  • Paper trimmer

  • Pencil

  • Paper piercer

  • Slit punch

  • Stamps

  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Score the 2 3/4" x 10" piece of sturdy patterned paper at 5".

    Hint:If the patterned paper is thin, then simply layer the paper onto a piece of cardstock for added thickness.

  2. Step 2

    The next step is to create the latch for the gift card.

    To find where to cut, find the middle of the short side (which is 1-3/8" for this project) and measure down about an inch. Mark the center with a pencil. Use a paper piercer to mark that center point

  3. Step 3

    Use a paper trimmer to slice the top flap of the holder from left to center at approximately a 45 degree angle.

  4. Slice the bottom flap from right to center.

  5. Step 4

    You can now close the gift card holder by overlapping the flaps as shown.

  6. Step 5

    Place gift card in the center of the back of the gift card holder. Mark two corners for where you will punch the slits to hold the gift card.

  7. Step 6

    Use a slit punch to create the notches at the marked spots.

  8. Step 7

    Decorate the front to complete the gift card holder



  1. No punch neccessary:
    Adhere a 1 1/8" x 5" strip to the inside of the card before cutting the slit. Make sure you only add adhesive to the bottom and the left hand side of the strip. Once you cut the slit, add adhesive to the right side. The strip can hold the gift card and makes the gift card holder sturdier.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Totally Cute! And so easy!
Dee Tollaksen  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 6:26 AM
Great tutorial for a quick and cute project, Jane!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM
this is so fun, Jane! fabulous tutorial, looks so adorable and easy too!!
Jessica B.  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 7:27 AM
Wow! What a fun gift card idea. Your video was perfect. I think I can make lots of these this holiday season. smile
Beverly Barton  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 8:02 AM
Wonderful, quick and fabulous gift idea. Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us.
glenda s  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM
Great Tutorial Jane!!
PIALI  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM
What a great idea. Something cute and easy. the tutorial really helps me visually see what to do. Thanks
Diane  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 10:21 AM
Where would you find a slit punch to make this card? Is there anything else you might be able to use instead?
Heather  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM
The Slit punch is not necessary if you follow the alternate shown above. The slit punch shown is a Stampin Up which I don't think is a current offering but can be found through resale. Perhaps another manufacturer makes them too but you could easily do the extra piece listed above and not have to worry about hunting down a punch. Or you can use a small cutting blade to make the slits too.
Kristine  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM
I couldn't have said it any better, Kristine! Thank you!

Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments. Can't wait to see your samples!
Jane  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Way cute, Jane! I'll be giving this a go!
Holly  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM
Thanks Kristine, and it looks beautiful.

I will be making my card in just a few moments, I just hope it turns out!
heather  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 3:23 PM
Thank you for this great tutorial. I have been looking for a new gift card holder for this year. Perfect timing!
Vivian  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 5:55 PM
Just heard you did the tutorial today, so had to come check it out! Great idea and awesome tutorial!!!
Michelle  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 7:24 PM
Great idea and tutorial. Love the hint about using the paper piercer and marking the corners to punch out to hold the card! Thanks for sharing this with us. Even if I didn't put a gift card in it, I think I have a friend who would love a snowflake ornament or tag in there!
Chris R. from Iowa  |  Tue Nov 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Totally cute, and SOOO easy..just my style!!! Love it Jane!!!
Jana  |  Tue Nov 2, 2010 at 8:38 PM
Your video is awesome and was so helpful. Thank you so very much.
Carol Hartery  |  Tue Nov 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM
awesome, quick and adorable. whats not to love!
eileen  |  Wed Nov 3, 2010 at 5:31 AM
Jane, this is a fantastic tutorial and video and is exactly what I need! I've got to make 18 gift card holders for my husband's office and this is perfect! THANK YOU!!
Jennifer Woodward  |  Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 7:50 AM
WOW!!! So, so cute, quick & easy!! LOVE this... thank you!!! :o)
Ree Donnelly  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 9:16 PM

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