With the end of the school year fast approaching and National Teacher Day coming up on May 8th, it only seems appropriate to honor that very special teacher you know with a beautiful heartfelt greeting in the form of a card! Today, I’d like to share with you a card that I designed, that I’m sure would make any deserving teacher feel appreciated.
- K & Company 12 x 12 Americana Paper Pad
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock Collection 12 x 12 Darks
- Provo Craft Cricut Expression Machine
- Cricut Cartridge – Sophisticated
- Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 Die Set – Classic Scalloped Heart
- Cuttlebug V2 Embossing & Diecutting Machine
- Jute Skein 4 Ply – 1 lb.
- Ranger Ink Blending Tool w/ Foam Pads
- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad – Old Paper
- Therm O Web Foam Mounting Adhesive Squares
My card consists of plenty of layers, which I love in cardmaking! I’ve also used a neutral and classic primary color palette.
First thing you will do is create a card base from cardstock and then select patterned papers to layer, creating two mats onto the card base as I have shown. I inked around the edges of all sides before adhering them to the front of the card.
Then using the Sophisticated Cricut cartridge, cut a 4″ heart found on pg. 54 of the cart’s handbook, <Flowr3-s>. Ink around edges of the heart accent. From the same cartridge, cut out a couple of the triple heart borders, <Flower3>, all at 3/4″. Put these triple heart borders aside and for now focus on the “negative” piece from these cut out border accents. This negative piece will now be used as a border for the bottom of the card design.
To create the card sentiment, I printed out my wording onto a neutral patterned paper with a computer font. I cut out “Teacher” into a rectangle and layered it onto a cardstock banner flag accent (cut using the Sophisticated cartridge, cut using the border for <Boys> at 3/4″, found on pg. 59 of the handbook). Attach accent to top of the red 4″ heart. Cut the rest of the sentiment into a scalloped heart shape using a Spellbinder’s Nestabilities die. Apply ink around the edges of this heart before adhering it onto the red 4″ heart.
To finish, create a darling heart bunting swag to embellish the card. For this, you will use the triple heart borders that were previously cut out with the Cricut machine. Piece two of the borders together side by side and adhere together with a thin line of glue or thin double sided adhesive tape. Apply a length of jute twine to the middle of the hearts and tie bows at each end. Cut off the excess tails of jute and then apply the heart bunting to the card front with adhesive.
I do hope you will take time to remember the dedicated teachers in your life and your children’s life, and I hope that this card has inspired you to let them know how much they are appreciated this school year! Happy creating!
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Scrapbooking has been one of Andrea’s biggest obsessions since 1997 and she has recently caught the card making and home décor bugs, too! When Andrea’s not busy being crafty, she can be found working part-time as a substitute Preschool teacher, shopping at craft and antique shops, and collecting Old World stoneware and unique pieces of jewelry. Visit Andrea’s personal blog at: imlivinonscraps.blogspot.com