Best Fishes – slimline gift card holder with i-crafter Koi Pillow Box die

Koi Pillow Box

Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to the i-crafter blog!  I am so glad you stopped by today to see what inspiration we have in store for you.  Today I am using the Koi Pillow box dies, Pop up Wiper Insert dies and the Carly Alphabet dies to create this Best Fishes slimline gift card holder card. I die cut all the dies using the i-Mend Self-Mending Cutting Deck

Here is the tutorial:

A and B – I created a striped cardstock using strips of red colored cardstock and gluing it diagonally on a 3 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ piece of white cardstock.  I lined up the middle score line of the Koi Pillow Box die with the lower edge of the striped card stock and ran it through the die cutting machineC – I fussy cut the curved area of the pillow box out (discard)  to create a flat fish shape

D, E, and F – I die cut the fish face and tail from red vellum.  I die cut a second fish face from black cardstock and saved the 5 tear drop shapes to glue into the red vellum face opening once I attached it to the striped fish body.  I cut the fin from red cardstock and the eye and pupil from black and white cardstock.  I ran the vellum pieces through my Xyron sticker maker and attached them to the fish body.  I glued the black tear shaped pieces in place and added the eye to create the fish G – I cut a piece of purple glitter-stock measuring 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ I glued this to the back side of the fish to cover the open scales 

H – Using the gift card holder from the Pop Up Wiper dies I die cut the gift card holder die on a piece  of 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ red cardstockI – I inserted a gift card into the tabs and glued on the fish fin near the top as shownJ – I drew a pencil line from the fin to the outer edge of the gift card holder as shown.  Cutting off this excess will create angles on each side of the fin.  I wrote “Pull Here” on the fin.K – I attached a 1/8″ double-sided foam adhesive strip at the bottom edge of the back side of the fish. I placed 1/4″ double-sided foam adhesive strip just at the inside back side of the fish mouth.  I set the gift card in the corner created by the foam strips and added a second piece of 1/4″ double-sided foam adhesive strip to the tail side leaving about 1/8″ space between the gift card and the foam.  Leave the top of the card open so you can slide the gift card fin in at the top of the fish

I attached the fish to the front right side of a stenciled slimline card front.  I die cut the letters to spell out “BEST FISHES” in the Carly Alphabet Capital letter dies and glued them to the front left of the slimline card.  I traced the outline of each letter with a white gel pen and attached the card front to a black slimline card base to complete the card.

i-crafter Products Used: 

Koi Pillow Box

Pop up Wiper Insert dies

Carly Alphabet dies

i-Mend Self Mending Cutting Deck

Thanks you so much for stopping by today for my i-crafter blog post.  I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this interactive Best Fishes slimline gift card holder.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday!   Let me know if you have any question!

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Jenn Gross

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