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Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder

by Amy Bowerman

Hey there!  Today I have a Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder to share with you using Sizzix dies and embossing folders from Eileen Hull’s new collection “Picket Fence “.  The Picket Fence collection is a beautiful garden themed soiree that can be used for projects beyond the potted plant.  I’ll be showing you how you can use elements from Eileen’s picket fence collection to make manly gifts for Coaches, Dads, Grads or any Baseball fan in between!

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To create this Baseball themed Gift Card Holder I used the Seed Packet Die and Rosebuds and Seed packet Textured impressions.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

The embossed seed packet reminded me of a baseball diamond.  I embossed a sheet of Tim Holtz “Shattered” Kraft Core from Core’dinations in Vintage Photo to match the reddish-brown hue seen on the pitcher’s mound.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

On the back of the baseball gift card holder I placed a quote from Babe Ruth, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”  The quote was scrawled on Sticky-back canvas and distressed to look like to outer wrapping of a baseball.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

Resting Inside  the baseball themed seed packet is a home-made gift card.  I like to give my coaches gift certificates to the local package store.  After a long season the least I can do is buy them a beer right?  I prefer to let them do the choosing.  You never can tell if someone prefers a fine wine or a local micro brew.  For those that don’t like to imbibe there are fine ground coffees available as well.

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A coach gift doesn’t have to be elaborate just a little something to show your appreciation for all the hard work they do and the valuable lessons they teach.

How to Make a Baseball Gift Card Holder

Are you ready to make a nice gift for your coach, dad or favorite grad?  Put me in “I’m ready to play!”   Don’t worry I’ll “coach” you through each step on the way :)

*If you don’t have all the supplies you can improvise with whatever you’ve got!


Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

 STEP 1: Cut Coredinations card stock (Peeled Paint) with Seed Packet Sizzix die and emboss a sheet of Vintage photo Kraft Core with the Seed Packet Embossing folder.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

STEP 2:  Sand and distress edges of seed packet die cut and sand raised part of embossed image.

*TIP*  Avoid sanding the scored edges of the seed packet die cut  or they will weaken when folded.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

STEP 3:  Fold down score lines and burnish with a bone folder.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

STEP 4:  The fully embossed seed packet image is to large for the seed packet die cut once folded.  Carefully cut out the images you would like to use on the front of your seed packet.

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STEP 5:  Adhere embossed images with Ranger Wonder Tape or your favorite adhesive.

How to make paper Baseballs

Making paper baseballs is as easy as 1-2-3…there’s no way you can strike out!  All you need is a Fiskar’s circle punch, white cardstock and Distress Ink!

1) Punch circles from white cards stock or watercolor paper and edge with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

2) Ink Stampers Anonymous Stitch Stamp with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and curve to create red baseball stitches.  *You can also draw the stitches on with Distress Markers.

3) Add adhesive to the backs of Paper Baseballs and adhere to project.  (I used Xyron Create-a-sticker)

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations For more Baseball themed embellishments cut a piece of sticky back canvas to cover the back of your gift card holder.  I used Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Rectangles Sizzix Die.  The medium rectangle is the perfect size!

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

Ink sticky back canvas with Antique linen, add a favorite baseball quote (I used a Babe Ruth quote), and add more stitching details with Aged Mahogany Distress ink!

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations


Add a fun button to the back of the gift card holder with glossy accents to finish it off with a touch of Americana!  Simon Says Stamp and Show told me to “Put a button on it”….so I did :)

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations

You can make your own custom gift cards using the Sizzix Artist Trading Card Die.  I cut a piece of white chipboard and stamped with Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints 2 from Stampers Anonymous and Stampendous Happy Messages set.  A stick on button was turned into a baseball by adding stitching detail with Distress Marker.

Baseball Coach Gift Card Holder | #Sizzix #RangerInk #Coredinations Coaches, Dads, Grads, and baseball fans all around will be delighted to receive a gift created with America’s pastime in mind.  I have a few more gift card holder tricks up my sleeve so stay tuned for more creative transformations using the Sizzix Seed packet die from Eileen Hull’s Picket Fence Collection.  I’ll be sharing more tutorials using other elements of the Picket Fence Collection real soon.  In the meantime you can check out all the gorgeous dies, folders and more on HERE.

Have a Home Run kind of day!



{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pitching Machine June 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

Wow… It’s great idea. I think someone that love baseball sport will be happy to get it.
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2 Anita Houston June 13, 2013 at 12:15 am

Boy do I need to make some of these…lol! You are making me feel bad! I have an all star player, and fantastic coaches! Love this idea, and for all those people who give up so much of their time for our little ones…just wonderful of you! The star button is perfection! Thanks for buttoning up with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!
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3 Eileen hull June 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Amy I love that you made this for the coach! I always have trouble making things for guys and this is a great idea! Thanks so much for using this die!


4 Amy Bowerman June 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

I adore this die Eileen…it was my pleasure! It WILL be used again and again :)



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