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School Bus Gift Card Holder

by Amy Bowerman

It’s that time again!  Back-to-school time that is.  The school bus is mere weeks away from returning….or as I like to call it…”Big and Yellow”.   Oh how I’ve missed you so!  Today I have a fun tutorial on how to create a School Bus Gift Card holder to kick off the Back-to-school season!

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We used this School bus gift card holder to house an end of the year gift for our favorite bus driver but you can use it for many other things.  How about an iTunes gift card for your kiddos?  You know for all those “Learning apps” they are dying to download.  Or for some new tunes to study by….Mozart of course! :)  What about a nice note for your child’s teacher wishing them well as they start a new school year.  You could even include a Target gift card to use for classroom supplies.

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No matter what you use this fun school bus themed gift card holder for whether it be a back to school send off for your favorite little learner, a teacher appreciation gift, or a little something to thank your bus driver for all the free rides and the 6 hours of quiet 5 days a week, it’s sure to make someone smile.  I’m smiling just thinking about it :)

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 How to make a School Bus Gift Card Holder


This gift card holder is simple to create with just a few supplies.  Most of which you may already have on hand and the rest I highly recommend adding to your creative repetoire.


  • Seed Packet Sizzix Die (Eileen Hull Picket Fence Collection)
  • Scalloped Tags Die (Sizzix Originals)
  • Yellow & Black Card Stock (I used DCWV Colorful Life Stack)
  • Fiskars Circle Punch
  • Ranger Foil Tape
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film
  • Tissue Tape or Washi Tape (I used Tim Holtz Elements)
  • Sharpies
  • Stickers
  • favorite adhesive (I used Xyron Mega Runner)

Combining Sizzix Dies:

You can use your Sizzix Die collection to your advantage by using them for just what they are meant to be on the package.  I do this by breaking them down into simple shapes and asking myself how can I use this shape to create what I need?

To create a bus you will need a large rectangle….insert Eileen Hull Seed Packet Die cut.  Next, you’ll need a front  for your bus.  Well, the large tag on the Scalloped tags die is perfect for that!

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STEP 1:  Cut a large tag and a seed packet from Yellow Card Stock.   Fold down edges of seed packet and adhere large tag to inside flap with Xyron Mega runner.

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“The Wheels on the bus go round and round! ”

STEP 2:  To create wheels for your bus use a Fiskars circle punch to cut four wheels out of black cardstock.  Place wheels at corners on both sides and adhere together.

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STEP 3:  Add headlights and hubcaps with circular lable stickers and school bus striping with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape “Elements”

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“The people on the bus go….”

STEP 4:  Add passengers to your bus by cutting out stickers.  Place your stickers on a sheet of Ranger Foil Tape and cover with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted film.   Cut your stickers into the shape of a window and add to your school bus gift card holder.

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STEP 5:  Trace around windows with a Sharpie to add depth.  Add other details like a bus number, grill grate, or “School Bus” sign with your favorite marking pens.  You can even add a stop sign by using your fiskars circle punch on red cardstock.  Just punch, fold in half , and snip the edges to form a hexagon.

I’m looking forward to the back-to-school season.  I’ve had a wonderful summer but I’m anxious to get back into a routine.  How about you?  Have you had enough of the lazy days of summer?  Are you looking forward to “Big and Yellow”  AKA The School Bus…pulling up to the  stop sign again?  I sure am!

Have a “big and yellow” day!


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2 Anita Houston August 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Are you kidding me??? Love how you created the bus!!! Genius! This rocks!!! I used to have a million of those people too…lol!
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3 Audrey Pettit August 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

OMGoodness this is so creative and clever, Amy! I would NEVER think of this in a million years! Now I need to look at my Sizzix dies in a new light! :) You are awesome!
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4 Amy Bowerman August 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

It’s just like doodling…once you break it down into simple shapes its a lot easier to “see” the big picture. I look at my dies and say what can I add or take away from this die cut to get the shape I need? Use your scissors as an “eraser” and a simple circle becomes a stop sign. A five petal flower becomes a 4 leaf clover with just a few snips!

Go forth friend and shape shift those shapes! :)



5 Anne August 7, 2013 at 2:30 am

What a totally fun creation Amy, I love the creative way you used those dies and covering the ‘passengers’ with the frosted film was such a clever idea, they really do look as if they are behind glass. Love it!
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6 Amy Bowerman August 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

Anne I tell ya that frosted film is Magical stuff :)



7 Marjie Kemper August 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Totally cute! Love the tape and your MAMBI kids!


8 malia August 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Amy this is so adorable. I love your Amy style and how you create things that seem doable but are also detailed and artistic!
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9 Linda, the funkie junkie August 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

Oh how cute is that? Totally adorable, thanks for sharing Amy!


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