Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time for Teacher Thank you's...

Today was our last day of school- YEAH!!!!!  Since we homeschool and participate in a Co-Op  with fantastic teachers who love teaching as they also homeschool.  It was that time of year for teacher thank you's - So I thought I would share an idea for a thank you card that they will hopefully set out and remember not only Presleigh but also that teachers touch lives.  

But before I do I wanted to give y'all a little tip---NEVER pass up and old cookbook/notebook ($5) filled with paper that has browned over the years.  I almost did because there wasn't any recipes...but I'm so glad I didn't.  I love the feel of paper that has been around- the texture and the color are amazing...But please do not run the paper through an adhesive machine or use tape adhesive directly on the paper--IT WILL TEAR!! ( I'm really not shouting, I'm trying to save you from shouting something like this #?*! later).  I have now used this paper for tons of gift tags (graduation time of year), cards and I've only just begun! 

So onto the "Thank you's"....I made 4 identical cards - a great idea is worth repeating and chain work is great!! Here's what you need...

*Index card (vintage or new) with initial of first or last name
*papers in a variety of styles - I used 3 - vintage, dotted,  lettered
*ribbons, flowers, embellishments
*stamps with sentiments ( Here is a great source for stamps) 
*Inks- stazon (jet black), color box (chestnut roan- my favorite)   
*tag punch for "merci"
*ATC sizzix die 
*Ultimate adhesive 
*little easel (from Dollar Tree - 2 per pkg.)

Layer papers varying size and edgings, ink edges if desired.
The dotted paper was cut with the sizzix ATC die.

Stamp sentiments on vintage plain paper that has browned over time.
Adhere large sentiment to paper.

Using ribbons, tie around card. Separate each color and tie a series of bows. Adhere
heart charm, flowers and small tag.

Here is one of the cards with a different color index card.
I like it, too!  It matched the colorful personality of the teacher.

On the back of the card (oops, no pic, sorry), I cut out a piece of the vintage paper (just love this stuff), stamped "gratitude" on the top and then wrote our heartfelt thanks.  For an envelope, I used the wonderful clear bags with the strip of adhesive at the top.  I wrapped their gift card in tissue and place the card at the front and the easel in the back with the tissue in between!  I loved making these cards, the teachers loved receiving and the thanks has been given!!

Hope this gives you a little inspiration to take a few minutes and make a heartfelt thank you - you will be glad you did! Until next time,


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1 comment:

  1. I see my card!! That was by far one of the most thoughtful, beautiful gifts I have ever received. Thank you so much!