Thank you, Teacher! – Ellen Hutson

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Though I think educators should be celebrated all year round, I am all for a week all about uplifting and encouraging our hardworking educators! My husband has been a public school math teacher for almost a decade, and I know first hand how hard he works to support his students, create engaging lesson plans, and support their learning with additional resources like YouTube videos and tutoring. He shows up each and every day, oftentimes after a late night of planning or grading, with a smile and positive attitude. For his dedication, he has been voted teacher of the year by the students several years in a row. I’m so proud of him and am proud to support all of our overworked and underpaid school staff!

To celebrate and provide some inspiration in hopes you will make a few cards to share with the educators in your life, I’ve created two new card designs using Ellen Hutson products. Both cards are clean and simple and fairly easy to make.

Card 1: Thank you

A technique that I love to do again and again is making my own patterned paper with stamps. It is a great way to stretch the use of your stamps, big or small. On a panel trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches, I stamped several small stamps from the Essentials by Ellen, Bear Ware Dress Up 2 stamp set. I just rearranged and repeated several stamps until it stretched the panel on a diagonal. After stamping, I splattered the panel with Catherine Pooler dye ink, Dress Blues.

I added die cutting foam behind the panel, adhered to a panel of navy cardstock cut to 4.25 x 5.5 inches, and then adhered to an A2 card base.

For the sentiment, I cut quarter inch strips of navy and red cardstock and adhered to a piece of copy paper. Red and navy are the school colors of the high school where my husband works. I used liquid glue to ensure the strips were well secured because I knew I was going to die cut into the strips. With the Big Script Thank You die, I die cut the sentiment from the striped panel and die cut additional layers from white cardstock. I die cut the shadow layer from vellum so it wouldn’t detract from the background stamping. For an added detail, I added Tonic Crystal Glaze on top. I’ll be giving this card to my husband to give to one of his coworkers.

Card 2: No One Measures Up

For my second card, I knew that I wanted to use a sentiment from the Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments stamp set and pair it with some kind of ruler. My husband is a math teacher so I thought this combo would make for a perfect card for him or one of his colleagues. I did not have a large ruler stamp, so I figured I would try to make my own! I encourage you to use your supplies to create what you may be lacking. You may surprise yourself as I did! 🙂

On a panel of white cardstock trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches, I masked off a portion of the panel about 2 inches up from the bottom. I did direct to paper with Limoncello dye ink and added a little dimension by blending Catching Rays dye ink at the top. Next, I trimmed a very thin strip of black cardstock and cut it into several pieces. I glued the thin strips to mark the inch lines on my DIY ruler, and I used a black fine line marker to create additional lines. It is not perfect, but I am ok with that – #HandmadeNotHallmark! To give a more finished look, I added a thin strip of black cardstock at the top of the ruler.

Next, I die cut several layers of each number from the Classic Block Numbers & Symbols die set. I adhered the layers together and added them to the card front. I added Tonic Crystal Glaze on top of each number for extra shine.

Above the ruler, I thought it looked too plain, but I did not want to detract from the focal point, so I decided to dry emboss the Tiny Stars Background hot foil stamp. I taped the background plate in place and ran it through my die cutting machine using an embossing sandwich.

For the sentiment, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments stamp set on black cardstock and cut it into a strip. I adhered the sentiment strip with foam tape for dimension. On the inside of the card, I stamped an additional sentiment and a few more coordinating stamps in the corner using the Bear Ware Dress Up 2 stamp set again.

I hope these cards inspire you to create a handmade card for a teacher in your life! What better way to spread a little joy than a handmade card. If you make a card inspired by these, please tag me and Ellen Hutson on IG. I’d love to see what you make!

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