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Gift cards!  I’ll admit, after driving through one too many mall parking lots this holiday season, I appreciate that kids like gift cards.  They get to pick out exactly what they want and I keep my sanity…and holiday spirit 🙂

There are many ways to make a gift card holder; this one uses a die cut by Ellen Hutson that allows the front panel to be pulled back to reveal the gift card safely ensconced inside.

To make this gift card holder I cut an A2 panel out of Neenah card stock.  The images are a mix of Ellen Hutson, for the string and light bulb, and Memory Box, for the doxie and trees.

By stamping the santa’s hat first and masking it I could stamp the doxie and make it appear as a single image.  I added a sweater to the pup and used some of the smaller images that came with the Memory Box set to add a pattern to the sweater.  Then I colored the doxie and his accouterment with copic markers.

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I used a combination of Lawn Fawn ink, My Favorite Things ink, and copic markers on the trees to have a variety of greens.  Next, I stamped the Ellen Hutson string and light bulbs, colored them with copics, and layered them with glossy accents.  To give each bulb the appearance of glowing I added a ‘halo’ of light by coloring around each bulb in yellow and then coloring the sky with 3 different shades of blue copics, getting progressively lighter as I got closer to the bulbs.

To finish the card I shaded below the doxie and trees in warm grey copic markers and then coated the shadows and some of the trees in stickles for some shine.

Then it was ripped open!

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