Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rockin' Birthday Gift Card Holder

My sister asked me to make a guitar shaped gift card holder for my nephew, Joe, who is celebrating his 17th birthday on Saturday.  When did that boy get so old?!  

So, for inspiration, I've been listening to Def Leppard, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Van Halen and all of the Monsters of Rock!  I'm not sure my neighbors have appreciated my loud singing, but in order to fully appreciated Arena Rock, you have to let it rip!

Onto the details of my project....I used the Cricut Rock Princess Cartridge to make the guitar.  It's cut at 8 1/2 inches.  I cut several layers and sandwiched them with foam tape.  I kind of messed it up a little bit and I ran out of the metallic paper, so I fudged it a little.  I'm not sure Joe will be able to tell, so it's all good.  I cut two guitar pieces  for the back and adhered them together.  The neck of the guitar is a little flimsy and this helped make it a little more durable.  A simple pocket was made using my trusty Scor-pal and adhered with some Scor-tape.  The sentiment is computer generated.

(Hold on, I'm doing my guitar solo to Panama by Van Halen....)

The front and the back are attached using a tiny brad, so the guitar front sort of swings to the side to reveal the gift card inside.  I added a little bling to totally trick my guitar out.

It's kind of hard to photograph that shiny metallic paper without getting a glare, so I took several pictures.  It looks much better in person, I'm quite pleased with the way it came out, I almost want to keep it for myself and tell Laura that I didn't have time to make it!

Paper:  DCWV, Colorbok, Recollections, Wasua
Cricut Cartridge:  Rock Princess
Misc:  Foam tape, Nestabilities, black rhinestone bling, silver bling, Scor-pal, Scor-tape

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