Did you know that consumers prefer physical gift cards? I always thought that was strange for our instant gratification digital age. According to the National Gift Card Annual B2B Gift Card Report, of the volume in gift card program redemptions is still in physical cards versus 25% for egift cards.
So, when you’re looking for a gift idea, remember that gift cards are always an option. What I like about gifting them is that I can customize the envelope however I want.
Depending on the person it’s going to, my envelope can be whimsical or more muted. As long as you can find the scrapbook paper to fit the person, you’re golden!
If you want to make your own, grab the supplies listed and follow the steps below!
Gift card envelope supplies
- scrapbook paper
- scissors and/or utility knife
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Step 1: print the template
Save the template above:
- Right click
- Choose Save Image As
- Choose a file name
- Open the image
Choose one of the following methods for printing
- print the gift card template directly onto your scrapbook paper
- print the gift card template onto a piece of printer paper, cut it out and trace it onto your scrapbook paper.
TIP: Don’t scale the image when you print. It’s the right size for an 8.5×11″ piece of paper.
Step 2: trace the template onto your scrapbook paper
If you printed directly onto the scrapbook paper, skip this step.
If you followed option 2 above, keep reading.
Cut out the template you printed and trace the outline onto your scrapbook paper.
Don’t forget to cut the slit in the middle. This is used to secure the flap which holds the gift card in place.
Step 4: glue the tabs
Fold on the dotted lines and glue the tabs to create the gift card.
Slide in your gift card and you’re finished! Mail it, take it to a birthday party, or whatever you need to do to share your gift card.
What I love about these is that you can customize however you want. Choose your scrapbook paper, add embellishments, or wrap it in ribbons. Or all of the above.
I’d love to get your feedback. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
For previous craft projects, I’ve made different variations of gift card holders. If you like these better, follow the tutorial to make your own!
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This was exactly what I was looking for. But printing the image wasn’t big enough for the gift card? Your directions said not to change the size, but….
Hm, that’s odd. I designed the image to the dimensions of gift cards. Make sure your printer isn’t set to fit to printable area or scaled. Otherwise it should work.
I have the same issue – full page print settings, 8.5×11 – but printed so tiny? The gift card would have to be 2.5 by 1.5 inches to fit.
Hi Nicole, I’m sorry it’s not working for you. Please make sure you’re not scaling the image when you print. It should be at 100%. I followed my instructions to print the template and am getting the right size.
All the printers I have ever had left a minimum unprinted edge of 0.12 inch, which equals 1/8 inch. Open MS Paint and then open the template for this gift card holder. Click on File>Print>Page setup to open a window where you can adjust the finished print size. There are two options for sizing. If set on “Scaling” at 100% the dashed outline shown for the image only fills about 3/4 of the page. If you change to “Fit to” 1 by 1 page(s) the image is still too small due to the automatic 1/2-inch margins.
What you need to do is 1) set the Margins to 0.12 on every edge, and 2) use the Scaling option set to 140. Now, click on File>Print>Print>Preferences to make sure paper size and black or color ink choice are correct. You should get 1 page with the image and 3 that have no printing on them and can be reloaded into the paper tray. Setting Scaling to 140 gave me a card pocket 2 & 5/16 inch wide by 3 & 3/8″ tall, easily holding a credit card.
Thanks for sharing! This might be an issue with PCs. I’ve had a Mac for as long as I can remember. This might be the reason I’m not experiencing the same issue.
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