This gift card holder is perfect for your next bridal shower or nautical-themed wedding present.
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Ahoy there! Been invited to a nautical-themed wedding and need a gift for the bridal shower or a present for the big day? Then hopefully this free wedding gift card printable will be a beacon of light to help you pick out the perfect gift card and get the job done. It reads “Two Less Fish in the Sea” which means I have no choice but to bust out the blue and white stripes, add all the anchors I can find and craft it up in a shipshape kind of way. Use the matching Visa® gift card pictured below or order a retailer gift card instead. This wedding gift idea works for either.
Order Gift Card and Download Printable
Although this “Two Less Fish in the Sea” printable gift card holder comes with a matching gift card, it can also be used to hold a personalized gift card or a fish-themed gift card. (Actually, any gift card will do, but I wanted to stay with the nautical theme.) If you select the matching gift card, then either gift card holder will work, depending on your crafting desires. If you opt for a personalized, restaurant or retailer gift card, then I suggest the folded gift card holder. Check each out below and see which one you like.
Gift Card Suggestions
Picture of the happy couple on a Personalized Visa Gift Card
“Two Less Fish in the Sea” Visa Gift Card
Free Gift Card Downloads
“Two Less Fish” Flat Gift Card Holder
“Two Less Fish” Folded Gift Card Holder
Print and Cut
After downloading the “Two Less Fish in the Sea” 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.
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 did both. I added some red card stock and cut the top along the virtual line of the “sea” below. Check out some of the other ways I’ve gotten crafty with printables on our free prints page.
Make the Folded Holder
If you look at the folded gift card holder, you’ll see that it should be folded where the blue sea meets the white space. Although you can probably eye ball this, I always measure so I can flip the card over, mark it and score it for a professional fold. For me, the fold lines are at the 3″ and 6-1/4″ marks.
Using a ruler, mark your fold lines and then flip the card over to mark those same measurements on the back.
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.
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.
I decide to cut along the “sea” line on this holder as well. You don’t have to, but I think it makes the holder a little more interesting.
Now I needed to think of a way to keep the gift card holder closed without taping or gluing it shut like I normally do. I also knew that I would probably be dangling the gift card off of one of the items in the nautical-themed wedding gift basket. So I looked up how to make a fishing knot on Google, and found the perfect solution. Tying two fishing knots with a little slack in between, I managed to keep the gift card closed and have enough of a loop to put it into the basket. (If you can think of a better way to do it, let “minnow.” Fish pun intended.)
Make the Nautical-themed Basket
With the gift card holders done, you’re ready to set sail and deliver it to the bride and groom or add it to a nautical-themed basket. The example below includes napkins, paper plates, a note pad and a few other items. Clip the flat gift card holder to the front of the basket, or tuck it inside. Put the folded gift card holder on deck or dangle it overboard for fun. Either way, I hope you’ll see that making this wedding gift card holder “cod” not be easier. (Sorry. Another fish pun.)
Send it in the Mail
If you’re not able to attend the wedding or just don’t want to hand deliver your gift, then let us do the work for you. Simply order the “Two Less Fish in the Sea” Visa gift card and select the standard greeting card option. Take a moment to personalize each with the couple’s names and add a special message as well. Tell us where to send the card and we’ll take care of the rest!
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Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend