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Cupcake Gift Card Holder

Cupcake Gift Card Holder Image
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Back of Cupcake (blue is just so you can see the white)
Cupcake Gift Card Holder Image


  • white cardstock
  • GIMP 2.6 (GNU Image Manipulation Program) software (This is a free open source Photoshop like program for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X available from
  • The {Stamps} of Life HappyBday2You Digital Stamp Set


  1. Load stamp set as brushes. For Windows 7 64 bit, this means copy the .abr files to "C:\Program Files (x86)\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\brushes".
  2. Create a new 4.25" x 5.5" 300 pixel/inch image in landscape mode.
  3. Select cupcake base brush and paintbrush tool at scale 2.0. Place image in center (2.75") bottom.
  4. Select icing brush and scale of 1.75. Place image on top of cupcake.
  5. Select erase and a round brush. Erase the portions of the cupcake base that overlap the icing. Zoom in for better control on the edges.
  6. Select the color of icing you want. I like chocolate.
  7. Select the flood fill tool and fill in all the icing areas.
  8. Select the color of cupcake wrapper you want. I choose tan.
  9. Flood fill the wrapper.
  10. Select the paintbush tool again, white color, 1.0 scale and the "day" brush. Apply image on icing. Because of placement its easier to build backward so the y is in the right place.
  11. Select "birth" brush and apply on icing.
  12. Select "happy" brush and apply on icing.
  13. Select a sprinkle.
  14. Adjust brush dynamics to random size and color.
  15. Pick a color like red. Now randomly place some sprinkles on the icing. They will be randomly sized and random shades of red. Choose different colors like orange and green to get a colorful variety.
  16. Select page setup and switch to landscape mode.
  17. Select print. Go to the image tab. Change center to none. Change left and top position to 0 to move it to the top left landscape corner on the paper.
  18. Load good quality cardstock and print.
  19. You should be able to flip the paper and print again on the same sheet to make 2 if desired.
  20. Cut off excess paper on side of cupcake but not the bottom.
  21. Fold paper along bottom of cupcake so you have a hinge at the bottom of the cupcake.
  22. Turn the paper so cupcake image is face down on table.
  23. Place a credit card or the actual gift card inside the folded paper.
  24. Fold the paper on the back over, toward the printed side, so that the card will just peek out past the paper on the back by about 1/4" so it can be seen from the back of the card.
  25. Secure this fold with adhesive.
  26. Secure the back paper to cupcake. Leave the card inside when you fold it up so you end up with extra room the back. If not it will hard to get a card in and out. I just ran extra tape up the cupcake image back and erased the excess with an adhesive eraser after securing the back. From the side the folds look like this:
  27. Cut out the cupcake image. With both sides secured together you will get a perfectly matching front and back. If you don't secure it first, its a lot harder to get them to line up perfectly.
Cut out cupcake will fit into a standard A2 (4 3/8" x 5 3/4") envelope.

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