Monday, May 14, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Recently I was asked to make two completely different Teacher Appreciations cards. One for a garden-loving Kindergarten teacher and another for an iPhone-loving 6th grade teacher. The gardener, of course, loves greens and florals and the iPhoner loves pink and bling, I was told. What fun I had making these cards! Take a look, then I'll show you how easy it was to make the iPhone image at the end of this post.

Both card measure 5 x 7 when closed. The Kingergarten/gardener card is a try-fold and the iPhone card is  a single fold. I pulled together papers and embellishments from my stash which includes everything from Close To My Heart, Basic Grey, Crate Paper and so on.

With the help of the Serenade Cricut cartridge to make this cute little flower pot, I added some older paper flowers and buttons from Close To My Heart, and the little tiny tag is from PaperTreyInk, along with the stamps that match the tag die.

This is the first fold you see when you open the card. That big butterfly is from Tim Holtz's Easter Elements die. The phrase inside the frame was typed on my computer. The pretty leaf stems are also from the Serenade cartridge.

This card is a tri-fold to accommodate all those big, wonderful Kindergarteners' signatures.

The 6th grade teacher's card has a hidden gift card compartment built into the front of the card. A simple folded strip of card stock helps the gift card slide in and out easily.

I used metallic papers I got at WalMart about a hundred years ago (almost) for the iPhone. The "text" was typed on the computer onto photo paper with a slight gray background added for effect. I used a white paint pen to make the camera hole at the top and the home button at the bottom. Measures to make this iPhone are at the end of this post. 

A cluster of bling. All from Close To My Heart.

6th graders write a little smaller, so a single fold card was enough.

Pretty simple. Then layer them up as shown below. Be sure to round those corners though. I couldn't figure out how to do that in PhotoShop for my illustrations. I used two different sized corner rounders so they nested well. The larger corner rounder for the two largest pieces, then the smaller rounder for the dark gray piece. Check the photo again (above) for reference.

Thanks for stopping by today and let me know if you try the iPhone idea.
Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. I love the iphone idea! I'll have to try it. I have an iphone and I have an old cover I could use as a template. Great idea - thanks for the inspiration!


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