Today’s project is an easy gift card holder that you could make with any stamps for any occasion!  I’ll drink to that! How to make a fun gift card holder is not just about the gift card holder today but also coloring options for your paper craft projects!

I colored with Stampin’ Blends and the video is filled with tips on coloring with the Stampin’ Blends or your favorite alcohol markers and comparing them to the regular Stampin’ Write Markers!!!


Stampin’ Blends

I love absolutely love coloring with the Stampin’ Blends.  Now, I have to admit, before we got these, I was not much of a colorer.  But I love the look of the Blends and they are so easy to use!


  • Make sure you stamp your image in the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
  • Make sure you use WHISPER WHITE card stock!


I’ll Drink to That! How to Make A Fun Gift Card Holder Video

Let’s start with the video.  It will show you how to make the gift card holder and is filled with coloring tips!

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Card Recipe:

  • Crumb Cake:  11″ x 4 1/4″
    • Score at 5 1/2″ and 9 1/4″
  • Whisper White:  3″ x 3 1/2″  (2 of these)
  • Cherry Cobbler:  3 1/8″ x 3 5/8″  (2 of these)
  • Cherry Cobbler Designer Series Paper:  1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″




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Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

As I mentioned above, when coloring with Stampin’ Blends, make sure you stamp your images using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad and are using Whisper White Card Stock.


Coloring with Stampin’ Write Markers

These are a bit different as they are water-based.  When using regular Stampin’ Write Markers, you need to make sure you stamp with a permanent ink like the retired Archival Stampin’ Up! pad or Stazon.


What is the difference???  

The look you will achieve is totally different with these 2 different types of markers.  I, by far, prefer the Stampin’ Blends for coloring.  Honestly, I almost NEVER use the Stampin’ Write markers for coloring.


You can see on the left how nice the colors “blend” and do not leave brush marks.  They are also not as harsh.  On the right is the Stampin’ Write.  You see all the brush marks and it’s not a nice blended color.  Make sure to watch the video for more tips and to see how I colored with each.


Which do you prefer to color with?

What is your favorite?  Stampin’ Blends or regular markers??  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Or, if you have any questions ask away by leaving a comment!

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You did what?

Yes, I cut my stamp apart.  I tend to do this often if I know I will quite often only want a part of the image.  But no worries, I can place it back together on a block when I want to use it whole!


Well, this post got a bit long, but there are so many different tips I wanted to share.  Make sure to watch the video and if you have any questions, make sure to ask.  This was a fun project to share, and I hope you use the Gift Card Holder idea the next time you need to give a gift.


Pin this image or any other in the post to your pinterest so you can refer back to the Gift Card Holder idea, or any of the tips I shared.



Other Projects Using Half Full

Over the year and a half or so, I have shared several projects using the Half Full stamp set.  Here are some of them in case you missed them.  Below each picture I have the link to click on to go to the original post.


CLICK HERE for original post showing these cute wine glass gifts I gave some friends.


Adorable box filled with fun 4″ x 4″ notecards.  Original post has instructions for making the box and how to make envelopes to fit these 4″ x 4″ cards.  CLICK HERE for the post.


The original post for the above card shows my easy style of watercoloring on these cards.  Simple CLICK HERE to go to that post.


Today’s project I colored with the Stampin’ Blends, on this one I watercolored!  Personally, I like the look of the Blends better, but they were not available when I originally made and posted this card.  You can view all the details by CLICKING HERE.


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