Friday, June 12, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Hi everyone,

It's that time of year... summer is right around the corner!  Most of my friends with kids are winding down the school year and packing for summer vacation trips (I'm jealous!).  I just came back from a conference in Las Vegas and spent some time with a good friend from business school.  Her amazingly cute 4-year old daughter was writing Thank You cards for her teachers and putting gifts together.

In honor of all the teachers out there - past, present and future... I decided to make a teacher card.  I posted this on Instagram earlier this week, but here's the full overview on how I made this card.  SUPER easy to replicate, especially if you have a ton of teachers to acknowledge.  The best part is, if you're giving the teacher a gift card (or cash) this is a fun way to include it in the thank you card.

  • White card base: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
  • Patterned paper: 4"W x 5.25"H
  • Simon Says Stamp stitched circle dies
  • Lawn Fawn Chit Chat stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn A Good Apple stamp set
  • The Stamps of Life gift card holder die
  • Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Copic Markers
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
  • For the front of the card:
    • Cut a circle out of the patterned paper.  Using the same die, cut a white circle from some Copic Marker-friendly white card stock.  Here I'm using 80lb. Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock.
    • Stamp the apple image onto the white circle in the lower 1/3 part of the circle.
    • Color the apple with Copic Markers
    • Stamp the word bubble in Versamark ink so it looks like the apple is saying "thanks" and heat emboss with the liquid platinum embossing powder.
    • Adhere the patterned paper to the card base front.
    • Adhere the white circle in the center of the patterned paper.
  • For the inside of the card:
    • Stamp the sentiment on the inside right panel of the card with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.
    • Use the gift card die and cut out the gift card template.  Glue the sides using any liquid glue.  Allow it to dry.
    • Once dry, glue the front of the envelope to the left inside panel of the card so the flap is on top.  You can decorate the flap or customize it with the teacher's name.  I just kept it blank here.
That's all!  Super easy, right?  Here's what both the inside and front look like when you're done:

Enjoy the rest of the school year (especially those of you on the East Coast who have tons of "make-up" days due to the snow storms this year).  Have a wonderful summer!

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