You Rock 3-D Card + Silhouette Portrait Giveaway


This week is Teacher and Staff appreciation week at my sons’ school. Monday was bus driver appreciation. Our bus driver is a really great guy. He’s young, but man is he on top of things! He is always polite and learned the kids’ names the first week.

I wasn’t sure what to get him. I have no idea what a guy who looks to be in his mid-20’s to early-30’s wants. Flowers would seem weird. And I have no idea if he likes cookies. And then it hit me. I remembered Otto, the Simpson’s bus driver!


That guy loved to Rock n’ Roll! I figured, what young guy wouldn’t appreciate a little iTune credit? In addition to the gift card, I made a YOU ROCK card to hold the gift card using the Silhouette. (If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can use a computer print out and an x-acto knife instead like Jessica from How About Orange did.)


  • Silhouette
  • Cardstock paper
  • CD Envelope
  • X-acto knife
  • Gift Card


Open your Silhouette software and type “YOU ROCK”. (I used the font Impact.) Draw a rectangle around the words 4.75″ x 9.5″.


Use the eraser tool to remove the left hand side of each letter. (Be sure to select treat unfilled object as outline in the eraser tool window on the right.)


On the left side of your rectangle, draw a shape the size of your gift card. Add angled lines for slits (to hold the gift card.)


Delete the gift card box so only the slits remain.


Load your cardstock paper into the Silhouette machine. Send your file to cut and remove the paper.

Gently remove the centers of letters and push the letters up from the card. Use the x-acto knife to gently score along the left of each letter (where you erased the lines.) Do not cut through the paper, the score will give you a clean fold for your letters to bend on.


Turn the card over and bend the letters up.


Fold your card in half.


Insert the gift card into the slits inside the card.


Insert the card into the CD envelope. It’s all ready to be presented to that rockin’ person in your life! I might just have to make a few more for my teenage brothers when their birthdays roll around! They’re too cool to read my blog, so I’m safe telling you that ;-).


Could this be a more simple gift? And yet, it has a graphic coolness to it that any hip teen would love (do they say “hip” anymore? Maybe I should say any dope teen?)


 PostBreakblueSilhouette Portrait Giveaway

And now, I’m so excited to offer another Silhouette Portrait giveaway! If you don’t have one, now is the time to get one. Enter to win one. But, don’t despair, if you don’t win, you can buy your own Silhouette Portrait and vinyl at a steep discount during the current Silhouette promotion (just use HANDY when checking out):



Time to rub your lucky pennies together. You can enter to win a Silhouette Portrait by completing the entries below in the Rafflecopter widget (if you cannot see the widget, click here to be taken directly to my blog.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions: Winners will be selected at random using Rafflecopter. Entries must be received by April 21st, 2013 at 12am. Contest open to US resident and adults aged 18 and older. Winner will be notified on April 22nd, 2013 via email. Winner must reply to email within 2 days of receiving the notice. Please be sure you have as an acceptable email address.

And just to increase your chances of winning a Silhouette Portrait, these are some other bloggers that I know are also hosting a giveaway:

Decor Chick

The DIY Showoff

I Heart Naptime

The Idea Room

Makely School for Girls

Not Just a Housewife

Sawdust Girl

Shabby Creek Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

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  1. I love this! Very creative and it looks awesome.

  2. Thank you for the chance to win and the great tutorial too!

  3. Love this card! Such a creative use of the eraser tool…. I’m definitely going to have to try this technique out.

    And I’m hosting the giveaway on my blog, as well, for the first time this month! I just might be a little TOO excited about it. (You’ll see that from my crazy photo that I shared.) I mean, can you blame me? This is a Silhouette we get to give away!

    😉 Best regards,
    The Thinking Closet

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