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Holiday Blizzard 2011: Greeting Card Holder

Holiday Book Card Holder

By: Lisa Minckler, Artistic Guide


Greeting Card Kids; girl and Petite Pairs; sentiment (Stampin' Up!)
4 individual snowflake stamps (loose and unknown origin)
2 pieces of cardstock 8.5" x 11" (Close to my Heart)
3" x 3" scrap of cardstock for image (stash)
Watercolor Pencils (Derwent)
More Mustard (Stampin' Up!)
1 Book - At least 200 pages; hardback works best
1 spool of decorative wired 3" width ribbon (The Dollar Store)
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (Sizzix)
Labels Four die (Nestabilities)
White Acrylic Dimensional Writer; snow for image (Americana)
Mica Flakes' texture for image (Stampin' Up!)
Iridescent Ice; glitter for the snow on image (Stampin' Up!)
Gold Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!)
Heat tool
3D dots
4 bundles of faux tree ornament decorations


  1. Begin by opening your book to the first page.  Take the first page and fold it to the right, tucking the edge of page down towards the spine of the book.
  2. Then take the next page and fold it to the left, tucking the edge of page into the spine or crease of the book as well.  Both pages are "holding" each other.
  3. Now bend the two pages together and down to the left and crease their folds.
  4. Continue to do this until all the pages are folded.
  5. If you find that you would rather go a little faster,  you can fold more that one page at a time.  A couple sheets at a time looks just as pretty.
  6. Now that all your pages are folded, it's time to measure the inside binders.  Simply measure the width and length and cut these pieces from your 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.
  7. Decorate your cardstock by using your stamps of choice with Versamark first and then apply desired embossing powder.  I've used gold embossing powder here.
  8. Dry powder with your heating tool and allow to sit for few minutes before moving on to the inking stage.
  9. Using a sponge or sponge dauber, apply a darker color of ink that corresponds with your paper color and ink around each stamped and embossed image that you've created.
  10. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the corners of the cardstock and place them onto the book.
  11. Here is what it will look like when you're finished.
  12. Next, take your spool of ribbon and measure enough length to go through the book and under and still be tied into a bow.  See example below.
  13. After you've tied the bow, it's time to decorate and embellish around the card holder.
  14. Stamp the image of your choice onto your 3" x 3" cardstock.
  15. Cut it out with the spellbinders Nestabilities die cut.
  16. Color image to desired appearance.
  17. Attach a 3D dot behind the image and adhere directly above the folded bow.  See finished picture example.
  18.  Last element of decorating is to take the four faux tree decorations and slide them in between two pages of folds to hide the "stems" but allow for the decoration to embellish the book even more.

That's it...you've now made a very unique and fun card holder for the holidays.

I've tried to use as little adhesive as possible so that the elements can be changed to fit any occasion.

This could also be a great gift idea for a book club, a teacher, birthdays or just a really neat coffee table centerpiece.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy crafting...

Lisa xx





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10 Responses »

  1. Thank you Margaret! Seems that's been a popular thought too. It's difficult to mangle a book. I did get mine at the Thrift Shop and it wasn't a book that I knew I would read. However, I did think that a recycled phone book might be a way to go too! 🙂

  2. Hi Patricia!
    Thank you so much. I'd love to see pictures if you decide to make one. 🙂

  3. Hi Cathy,
    Thank you SO much! 🙂

  4. Oh, Joanna, thanks so much for sharing your take on the project. We here at Stamper's Quest are always thrilled when one of us inspires someone to do their own take on one of our projects.l Your greeting card holder is absolutely lovely.

  5. I've finished mine 🙂 It's here, if you want to see it:


    Thank you so much

  6. Wow! this is just gorgeous Lisa! It looks so pretty. I think I will try this for the table on my foyer! You did a fabulous job! 😀

  7. Such a great way to diplay cards! I would have to find a book I really didn't like to do this. Old habits and a love of literature make this a tough one!! Maybe I can find something at the thrift store!!

  8. This is a wonderful way of displaying your Christmas cards. I will have to make that. Thank you for the idea!

  9. I've already started folding pages 🙂 The hardest bit was not finding the book to use, but bringing myself to destroy one. We've got a library full of books but it's so hard to go against the habit of a lifetime and deface them - I've started now so I know I'll finish. Thanks for the idea.

  10. Love this idea!