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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Where can I fine me a Slit Punch.
Dyana  |  Sun Dec 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Thank you for this tutorial.

I posted my gift card holder in the gallery.

Mary Driggs  |  Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Love it- thanks! Try to make different gift card holders for friends so they don't get the same one over and over - and just found this one. I love it - and so easy to make and customize! Thanks!
Cindy  |  Sat Jul 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

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