Monday, 18 June 2012

creative packaging {no. 1} - gift card holders

I LOVE PACKING!

Whether it is the packaging of something that I am buying, something that I am receiving or something that I am giving ... the packaging is always what gets my attention. I am one of those people that will buy beautifully labelled and packaged whatever (even if it costs a little bit more) just because I just love the look of the packaging.

I thought that I'd share with you some of the packaging ideas that I came up with using some our gift card holders. Gift cards and gifts of money are wonderful (and practical) gifts and although throwing cash or a gift card into an envelope with a card will be appreciated, I think that these gift card holders show that you really put some extra thought (and love) into your gifts.

Here's some close ups of my gift card holders ...

1. I had Father's day in mind when I decorated this gift card holder with a satin ribbon tie. The bottle cap/paper clip features a black and white picture of my Dad. I added a magnet to the back of the paper clip so that it could be reused on a fridge door. The kraft paper bag makes a great pocket for a tiny note card.

2. I used another bottle cap and a (happy) sticker that I created using the Sticker You custom label sheets to decorate a tin gift card holder. These tin gift card holders are one of my all time favourite gift card holders. Like a pair of jeans ... you can dress these little tins up or down!

3. I showed you how to make these paper pops in a tutorial last Christmas. I made this one using another picture of my Dad and I on the bottle cap but I could easily recreate this same project using an engagement picture for a wedding gift or maybe an old kindergarten picture of a young adult who is now graduating from high school (college or university). A larger paper pop is the perfect size on this larger gift card holder with a ribbon tie.

4. I'm still finding lots of new ways to incorporate our resin flowers into my projects. I glued this small resin flower onto a large paper clip and used it to hold tags that I antiqued with distress inks to a ribbon. This gift card holder contains a magnet so I was able to add a ribbon of my choice to this card holder.

These are just a few of the many packaging projects that I will be showing at the Creative Evening this Thursday (June 21st, 2012) in the Toronto store. I'll be doing lots of demonstrations and afterwards everyone is going to making two of my decorative accents {for free!}. I've made up a few extra workshop kits and we still have couple of chairs to fill so if you'd like to come, just send me a quick email before this Thursday morning!





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