Every Christmas season I read stories about children who make their own special Christmas gifts, among which are their own personal gift certificates that promise something special – like a night of babysitting, or taking a brother or sister's turn for doing the dishes. Great gifts and the cost in terms of money is so small.
Well, why not make gift certificates for something that YOU could do for someone special in your life! With Stampin' Up! paper crafting products, you can make lovely gift certificates.
This gift coupon book is one of the projects that I demonstrated as part of last month's Royal Blog Tour. As with all the projects in that blog post, it featured the stamp set, Punch Pals. All of the stamps shown are from that set. The paper that I used for this project is from the Designer Paper Set, Jolly Holiday. Now, before I get into more information about the coupon book, I have to give you my insight to this Designer Paper Set. It has 12 designs, all of which use various combinations of the colors Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla. There are stripes and circles of various kinds, as well as some polka dot designs. There is not a tree or ornament or Christmas design of any kind in this paper set. So, if you're thinking that you might need some more paper for your Christmas projects, but aren't sure you could use a whole pack, THIS is the set to get – because you can use it for lots of projects AFTER Christmas. Christmas does not have a lock on red and green color combinations!
OK, so back to the project. The frame and lines on the coupons themselves are not stamped. I designed these using Stampin' Up!'s graphic software program, My Digital Studio, AND I printed them on my own home printer. I have two HP printers on my desk, and Very Vanilla Card Stock runs through those printers just fine.
After I printed the coupons, I stamped some designs on them and punched the outside corners with the Ticket Corner Punch. Then, before I adhered the coupons inside the coupon book cover, I used the Perforating Tool in the Stampin' Up! Cutter Kit to perforate them just to the left of the printed frame.
Of course I have more detailed information for you about how to make this project! It's right here in a one-page tutorial, that includes instructions on how to created the coupon design in My Digital Studio.
I hope you're having a great weekend as we get closer and closer to Christmas! I had a fun day in the Craft Room on Saturday with a Christmas Card Stamp A Stack class and a few wonderful friends. I hope whatever you're doing this weekend – and this week – that you'll have fun with it!