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{Free Printable} Congratulations on Tying the Knot

This wedding gift card holder is a new twist on an old wedding tradition.

Tie the Knot Wedding gift card holder

Depending on who you ask, the meaning behind the popular wedding sentiment “Tying the Knot” varies. Many say it comes comes from an old tradition where a sailor would send a knot to issue a marriage proposal. If the knot came back tied, then the answer was “Yes!” I’ve also read that the true lover’s knot is symbolic of love, friendship and affection between a couple. For this printable, I incorporated a little of both. The printable wedding gift card holder says “Tying the Knot” and I used a lover’s knot to attach the card to the backing.

This printable, of course, has a matching Visa® gift card to go with it, but it can also be used to hold a favorite store or restaurant gift card. I also think personalized gift cards are a terrific way to send couples off on their journey together. You can easily upload a photo from their engagement pictures, engagement party, rehearsal dinner and more.

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Order Gift Card and Download Printable

There are two versions of this printable that reads, “Tying the Knot.” The flat gift card holder is designed to hold the matching Visa gift card. The folded gift card holder is designed for any card. Check them out below and see which one you like best.

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“Tying the Knot” Visa Gift Card

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“Tying the Knot” Flat Gift Card Holder

“Tying the Knot” Folded Gift Card Holder

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Print and Cut

After downloading the “Tying the Knot” holder of your choice, print it on a color printer using “best quality” and “actual size” settings. (Do not select “shrink to fit” or any other setting that will change the size of the printed .pdf image.) White, card stock paper measuring 8-1/2″ x 11″ works best. Cut the holder with a paper cutter using the trim marks as a guide.

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Craft the Flat Holder

The flat gift card holder can be presented as soon as the gift card is attached to it. Sometimes, however, I like to get a little fancy and add a card stock backing or cut the holder in a shape that matches the graphics. With this holder, I added a navy background but left the shape alone. Instead, I got some twine and attached the Visa gift card with a true lover’s knot–which is basically two overhand knots, intertwined.

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Make the Folded Holder

If you look at the folded gift card holder, you’ll see that it should be folded where the blue meets the white space and just above the “Tying the Knot” words. Although you can probably guess where to make the folds, I always measure the card so I can flip it over, mark it and score it for a professional-looking fold. For me, the fold lines are at the 3″ and 6-1/4″ marks.

Measure where to fold the card

Using a ruler, mark the fold lines and then flip the card over to mark those same measurements on the back.

Mark the holder to know where to fold

Using a bone folder (or another semi-sharp tool you have around the house like the back of a butter knife or the edge of the plastic gift card), score the paper on the fold lines using a ruler as your guide.

Score card stock before folding

Fold the gift card holder as shown so it makes a little pocket, perfectly sized to hold the gift card of your choosing. Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, seal the edges of the gift card pocket, then put the gift card inside. Write a personal note in the space above the card.

Folded tie the knot holder

To make this printable more interesting and to bring in the “knot” element, I added a knot to the INSIDE of the folded gift card holder. As shown below, the knot should be loosely tied when the card is closed. When the recipient opens the card, however, the knot will be pulled tight.

Loose knot inside holder, ready to be opened

To add this knot, punch a hole in the top and bottom of the card. Tie one end of the twine through the bottom of the holder and secure with a knot that will be visible on the outside of the card. Then tie a loose overhand knot that will be tucked inside the card. Finally, put the other end of the twine through the hole on top of the card, and secure it in place.

Tying the knot holder open, knot is tied

Since the end knots will be visible when the card is closed, be sure to punch your holes in the center of the card and make the knots decorative.

How the gift card holder looks closed

With the cards attached and the knots all tied, you’re ready to give this gift card to the bride and groom. No matter which gift card you choose, this simple “Tying the Knot” holder makes the presentation special.

Tie the Knot Wedding gift card holder

Send it in the Mail

tie-knot If you don’t feel like reliving your old girl scout days and tying a bunch of knots, then order the complete package online and let us take care of it for you. (Sorry, there will not be any twine in this version, but the gift card will be spendable just the same!) Simply order the “Tying the Knot” Visa gift card and select the standard greeting card option. Take a moment to personalize the card and the accompanying greeting card with the couple’s names and a special message. Tell us where to send the card and we’ll take care of the rest!

More on Pinterest

For more free printable gift card holders, check out the free prints page or follow Gift Card Girlfriend on Pinterest. If you use this printable, send me a link to your page in the comments below or contact me on Twitter (@GCGirlfriend). I want to see what inspires you.

Happy Gift Carding!

~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend

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