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coffee cup cover photoI got the idea from Pinterest (of course) to give a Starbucks gift card in a Starbucks cup so that’s exactly what I’m going to give my hairstylist for Christmas. Making a sleeve using Artisan and printing it on brown cardstock adds the finishing touch. I lined the cup with wrinkled brown paper to look like coffee and added cotton balls to look like whipped cream. If you mention to the Starbucks employee, when purchasing a gift card, that you would like a cup and straw for packaging, they are not likely to say no!

coffee cup sleeveDownload this template and make the finished size 10.75″ x 3″ (Right Click, Properties). Add your decoration in the middle, group the elements together (Arrange tab), and, if necessary, Rotate 90 Degrees Clockwise (Arrange tab) so it will fit on standard printer paper. To center it on the page: Home, Align, Center on Page. Then Save, Print (File tab), Print, Current Page, Print. The Christmas tree is from the Digital Variety Kit (I reduced the opacity) and the font for Jenny is Xiomara.

If you want to save it as a shape so you can add a border and/or easily find it to use again, you will have to go through a few more steps. Make the sleeve 10.75″ x 3″. Flatten (Arrange tab). Using the Wand (Cut tab), cut away the background. Click on Outliner (Insert tab), Right Click, Shape, Save As… Give it a name and Save.

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