It's Teacher Appreciation Week! (Never mind that I thought it was last week and was killing myself to get projects done in time...) My two boys are blessed with really wonderful teachers this year, so I was very happy to show them a little love. When I was getting ready to make these cards, I intended to completely rip off this lovely Mother's Day card made by my fabulous friend Amy. But as I pulled the design from A Child's Year up on my Gypsy, I noticed this cute apple cut-out card and my wheels went spinning in an entirely different direction!
To create this card, I first cut out the basic card shape. I embossed the front of the card with my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots folder. Then I went back on my Gypsy and hid the outer card contour so I could just cut the apple shape, which I did in red. I also cut 3 circles (sized to fit the apple) out of book paper. I created the little apple by layering the book-paper circles onto the center of the apple and then sewing them into place. I think I saw the technique on a local show last year and I love the effect -- you fold out the pages after you've sewn them, and it adds a ton of dimension. I inked the edges of the circles to add depth as well. I also added little snips of green felt as leaves for my apple.
I cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the inside of the card and adhered it, then cut a piece of white cardstock for the center so I'd have a place to write the sentiment. I used a notebook-edge border punch for the top edge of that piece. Then, to make sure the apple was aligned just right, I closed the card and fit the apple into its space like a puzzle piece. I added the sentiment "wonderful teacher" on little paper strips, then finished off the card with a little baker's twine (I just love that stuff!) and a little thank you tag.
Oh, and as a present, I am giving them this free printable from eighteen25 in a spray-painted red frame just like they show here:
Sam's teacher got hers last week and she really, really loves it!
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