Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Homemade Gift-Cards

Home-made gift-cards!
{Inspired by vintage postcards}

Recently we had several brides and graduates of our aquaintance that we wanted to gift. Mom and I wanted the gift to come from among the lovely items at Creative Memories, for which she has recently become a consultant, and we just adore using their lovely items to display our photos in albums, etc. However, we didn't know if our intended recipients would prefer traditional scrap-booking, digital, or something completely different, such as a magnetic photo display. So - we tossed around the idea of a gift-card...but it seemed so booor-ing to simply print off an internet gift card. So, we came up with the idea to use vintage post-cards as an inspiration, and just make our own!

Using some little textured watercolor cards I had on hand, using stamps, colored pencils, and pens, I made a unique card for each.

The 'post cards' were held in place by making little round cuts in the larger info sheet.
This sheet (included with an enclosed catalog) explained how to redeem the gift card, and the contact info necessary.

Birds, butterflies, and hand-drawn 'stamps'...
The backside of the cards had the amount of the gift, and the name of the shop.
(Creative Memories, in this case)

Much more interesting than the usual giftcards, no?
I think this would be a great idea for gifting a friend from an Etsy shop, if you were the owner, or if you knew the owner who would work with you...
The same idea would also be fun for a invitations, or valentines, or gifting a surprise girls-day-out.  

I used:
- Rubber stamps from Cavallini & Co.
- Paper from Creative Memories
- Textured Artist Trading Cards - like these.
-Felt-tipped pens, colored pencils


Lilac Bud Gal said...

Ah! Such a neat idea!! Totally better than a cheap plastic gift card or a printed one. :) That's neat about your mom, too! :) I bet she's having fun. ;)
Thanks for sharing this! I'm sure the young ladies receiving these will be very happy. :)

a Matula ikrek said...

What a good idea! And nice cards from a multi-talented girl. :o)

Waseem said...

This is just beautiful card...i wish to keep it in mind and design Gift Card envelopes for it.


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