Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Lip Balm Gift Card

KennyK Stamps just sent out their newsletter with a lovely freebie 'City Star'. You can grab her from the shop if you haven't yet signed up. I wanted to do something a little different with this image so decided to colour it in monochrome blue. Turned out quite appropriate as it started snowing again today.  
I'm just starting to get on with my Christmas cards and wanted to make some as little gifts, so I have designed a gift holder for lip balm (you can find the template at the end of this post.)
Products I have used to create my card:
  • Papermania cardstock
  • Patterned paper, twine and metal snowflake from my stash
  • Ranger Stickles
  • Wink of Stella Clear
  • Sakura Gelly Roll White
  • ProMarkers - Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green, Midnight Blue, Denim Blue, Arctic Blue, Aegean, Sky Blue, Cobalt, Turquoise, Indigo & True Blue


  1. First you need to measure, cut and score the card base using the template (feel free to save and use this template on your own blog, I just ask that you please credit and link back to me)
  2. Your card should look like this: 
  3. I prefer to use Collall Tacky Glue (similar is fine) when assembling these type of cards as it is more forgiving than sticky strips. First glue the long tab at the right side and create the box shape. Then glue the bottom tabs starting with the side tabs, then the bottom tab. 
  4. The cut-out window is handy here - I like to use something to push against to get the glue to hold 
  5. I had already designed and made a card previous to this one, which had a larger box.  I decided this was actually too big for my lip balm, so I redesigned.  I measured to the height of the lid which you will see was a bit silly, as it's actually taller just down from the lid and sticks out of the window a bit. I'd forgotten to add my acetate window on the blue one too, which was just as well in the end! (the template has measurements in between these two)

  6. Once you have put your lip balm in the box, stick down the top flaps.  I prefer to use a removable adhesive for this so the box doesn't get ruinined upon opening. (I bought some Removable Scotch Tape for this, but any kind is fine. Unfortunately it started lifting, so I also wrapped some twine around to hold it. You could always use this method instead of adhesive) 

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

  1. Club Kenny K (FB) - #18 AG/twist New Release/Freebies
  2. Unicorn Challenge - #15 Snow/Snowflakes
  3. World Wide Open Design Team - #16 AG
  4. Fab 'n' Funky - #327 Digi Girls or Hats
  5. Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #214 AG
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #45 AG
  7. Love to Scrap - #89 Fancy My Fold
  8. Passion for ProMarkers - #372 Christmas is coming
  9. Open-Minded Crafting Fun - #11 Christmas/Hanukkah
  10. The Crafter's Cafe - #161 Christmas Comes Early
  11. The Crafty Addicts - #28 AG/Winter Blues
  12. Come and Get It - Ribbon or Twine
  13. Craft Your Passion - #338 AG
  14. Crafty Awesomeness - November AG
  15. Crafty Catz - #346 AG
  16. Crafty Gals Corner - #98 Any Holiday


  1. What a wonderful project and a great gift.Just love your colouring of the image in the blues and greens.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  2. Great idea Love the blue TFS Unicorn Ch Lis

  3. Wow love your Lip Balm creation, it is just super fabulous. End results perfect and fabulously illustrated on your blog too. Nice image and lovely colours chosen for this project. Nice work.

    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  4. What a great little gift box/card. Love your design and monochrome palette.Thanks for sharing the template, Nicola! x

  5. Brilliant idea, it's turned out fantastic Thanks for the tutorial, will definitely be making some of these! Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky

  6. So pretty. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at OMCFC.
    Cathy DT Member

  7. What a darling gift card! . Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

  8. Super project, thanks for sharing the details. So glad you joined us at Come and Get It Challenges, CarolG

  9. Stunning idea! Great colour combo too! Thanks for joining in my Christmas challenge at PFP this week, good luck! Juliexx

  10. What a fabulous piece, wow!! Love your colouring of the image. Thank you for your lovely entry at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  11. This is really cool! Thanks for doing a tutorial too. Going to have to try it!

  12. Wow, thanks for all the extra work you put in showing us how to do it! The monochrome looks stunning. Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and Good Luck! :)
    Annabel - Crafty Addicts DT.

  13. What a fantastic creation Nicola. I love the image and your colouring is perfect. Thanks for joining us at PFP this week. Hugs, Denise x

  14. Love this project! Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial and for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  15. Thank you for sharing with us over here at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Susan DT for:-

  16. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Caz DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

    My Blog
    Pennys Paper-Crafty
    Crafty Catz

  17. How clever and I love the tones you used... looks fab, thank you for sharing at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge



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I am always trying to improve my colouring and cardmaking skills and constructive feedback is always welcomed.

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