As promised here’s the second card which I made for Luke to give to his teachers. This one is for all the staff as I believe Luke has a collective gift for them. Because it is for a lot of people I’ve made this card bigger than the normal A6 size, as this way there is more room to write personal messages to the individuals.
In case you haven’t realised, I love this label shape, and it is very popular in crafting right now. I’m saving my craft pennies just now so that I can buy a cuttlebug and the first thing I am going to buy when I have the cutting machine is the Nestabilities die in this label shape. So I am warning you all now, watch this space as I imagine this summer is going to be full of whimsical label shapes on plenty of projects.
To make this shaped card, I simply drew a template onto scratch paper and traced around it onto the folded card, then cut it out using scissors. To cover up the pencil marks and also to add a little bit of a shabby feel, I used white gesso to paint the edges of the card. The stripy paper I chose from an artistic point of view (cos I love stripes) but also because of the bright colours which gave the project a youthful, playful feel. I actually used a page from a 6×6 Christmas paper stack from DCWV.
For the focal point of this card, I resurrected an old packet of craft buttons which I remembered I had in my stash. The sharpener and pencil looked super cute, so I used these, but I could have used any of the buttons that came in the pack: a bus, chalkboard, ruler, set square, note book… I used a piece of wire to secure the pencil to the card, but could have easily used tread – i just happened to have an old paperclip lying around so I seized the day!
After sticking the patterned paper, a ribbon to hide the edge, and mounting the buttons on some consecutive circles cut using punches – I needed a message. I used alpha stickers from the Basic Grey ‘Two Scoops’ collection, but before I removed the letters from the backing I used a colouring pencil to make the letters orange so they matched the pencil embellishment on the card. As a finishing touch, I used a white gel pen to write ‘to all of you’ in an arc. Et Voila, another thank you card perfect for all those fab teachers out there.