Friday, May 27, 2016

End of School Teacher Gift Wrap Up

Hello! It's been awhile since my last post, but I'm continuing where I left off with teacher gifts. Today is the last day of school, and I'm happy (and relieved that I finished all 16 teacher gifts). Yes, you read that correctly... sixteen in all!

Earlier in the month, I made tags as part of the Taylored Expressions May release. I ended up turning those into cards for Brina's male teachers, then I enclosed gift cards inside. Here's a look at one of them.


These cards ended up pretty thick due to the inside, outside and lots of foam tape, so I packaged them in clear boxes since they were hand delivered.

For the female teachers, therapists and aides, I started this project last month. I wanted to create a set of personalized note cards for each. I was pretty happy with the end result.

I made 48 cards in all and could not have done so without the aid of the Mini Misti. I started with the Rosy Posey stamp set and stamped the roses and leaves several times (masking each step) onto watercolor cardstock.

Stamped first rose.

Masked first rose and stamped another rose.

Here you can see the masking above.

Peel off mask and the roses look like this.

Repeating this step a few more times, this was the end result.

To color the roses, I used Distress Ink Paint and a waterbrush to do some messy watercoloring.

Here are all of them layed out after watercoloring had dried.

For each card set, I created a Word document "from the desk of" and personalized them, then I printed them onto vellum using a laser printer. Using Thermoweb gold foil, I ran each through my mini Minc machine to foil the words. This would only work with a laser printer and not inkjet. The toner from the laser printer allows the foil transfer process to happen. I trimmed each piece of vellum so it was slightly smaller than the watercolor piece and stitched it on with my sewing machine.

Here are all the card fronts layed out and ready to be adhered to the card base!

Brina was excited to take them to school and give out her gifts! People often ask me why I go through the effort of not only giving, but also making, teacher gifts. For one thing, it does cause me a lot of stress to figure out what to make and then worrying about finishing in time. But, I have no regrets taking on such a task. We have been blessed with some really great individuals who work hard teaching Brina, and these gifts are but a small token of our appreciation!

So, now we say goodbye to a great 7th grade year and hello to SUMMER VACATION!

Thanks so much for stopping by!