Christmas will be here SOOOOOON! Ack! And as I am travelling shortly – and personally delivering gifts for my family – gift cards can be the easiest thing to get through TSA. And these sweet cards can go through the mail easily too…they make a last-minute gift look well-planned! The coffee stamps here were sent to me by my friends at Sunny Studio Stamps.

Before I get going – I didn’t come up with this myself! Lyssa Zwolanek is an SU demo (her blog post is HERE, video HERE) – and she’s one of many who shared a tutorial that is easy peasy. I made my own adaptations to it based on supplies I have, so be sure to adapt using what you’ve got too!

Tutorial: How to make a popup gift card holder

YouTube made “suggestions” to me about the kind of content to consider posting; they said according to data, one of the top searches by people who watch my videos is “How to Doodle.” So….I figured I’d try their advice and see if it’s worth anything! ha!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

While I was making one, I went ahead and made two more in other colors. Cute huh? And so easy and fast!

And a green one….

While I heat embossed the snowflakes, and watercolored the panels and layered them – feel free to just use some pretty patterned paper. That’ll make them even faster!

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  1. Sunny Studios Stamps, Mug Hug
  2. Arches Cold Press Paper: EHBLICK
  3. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8: EHBLICKAMZ
  4. VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
  5. Embossing:
  6. Daniel Smith Watercolors: Quinacridone Coral – Green Apatite Genuine – Ultramarine Turquoise •
  7. Martha Stewart Scoring Board
  8. Adhesives: Scor Tape 1/8″
  9. Scor Tape 1″


  1. Jose Jithin

    Nice post and lovely pop up gift card holders. Thanks for sharing.

  2. babloo

    Thanks for sharing this. I will try this out

  3. Ericka Strange

    Love this thanks for sharing. Love the little establishments on the belly band too!

  4. Randee S

    Perfect timing. I just bought a Starbucks card for my son today and this card will be perfect. TFS

  5. Dawn

    So cute, Sandy! Thank you for all of the great tips and all that you share with us. Just had to order the sweet MUG HUG stamp set. We need plenty of warm thoughts here in the Midwest ~ lots of snow covering my garden and Arctic winds blowing! Safe travels, dear Sandy! ♡

  6. creatingincolors

    Love the pop-up idea!

  7. Teresa Doyle

    Love the tip on cutting the holder portion with a die. (I always just used the word window punch for these!) Nice to change it up!
    Also it never occurred to me to use the spray bottle to wet the WC paper before water colouring. I always just use a brush but find sometimes the water dries before I get there…DAH! Thanks for the tips.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Kathryn A

    I’m always looking for ways to present gift cards, and this is super! Thanks.

  9. Julie

    Great idea–thanks for the quick and easy video.

  10. Holly M.

    Great idea, and as always, wonderful tutorial and video.

  11. Conniecrafter

    I love that we can use existing dies for the pop up feature, love the watercoloring

  12. MissMNCrafty

    Very fun! I have tow male bosses that I am giving coffee cards to, this will be the perfect presentation!

  13. urrn4u

    Thanks Sandy – looks very easy to do.

  14. Gini Koonce

    As gift card holders go, this is the quickest and easiest I’ve seen – thanks for YET another great idea!

  15. Diane Loughrey

    Great idea. I don’t give out many gift cards, but there is one person who always wants a gift card and this would be perfect and easy.

  16. Terry Wasson

    I love this idea for gift cards! A perfect project for someone (me) that finds watercolor very intimidating.

    • Mendi Yoshikawa

      I completely agree! Watercoloring usually freaks me out, but I love with this idea I am welcome to color outside the lines. So cute! 🙂



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