Monday, May 2, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Cards

You can easily make this card for most any occasion, but I made these for Teacher Appreciation Day.

I have made a similar card with my Gypsy (and I'll eventually write a tutorial for it), but I wanted to create this one with Gypsy-less crafters in mind.

Step one: start with a card base and a card inside.  Both will measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".  Fold one for the card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and fold the other to match but then add two more score/fold lines, each at 2 1/4". Now your second card base (the inside of the card) will form the letter "M."
- see picture-

Step Two: cut a window size hole in the center of the inside card. 

I used a hole cutter to make sure the hole is centered.  Mine measures 3" but you can make yours measure as large or as small as you'd like to fit your card design.

Step Three: I decorated the inside side panels with matching paper to the front.  The side panel papers measure 2" x 5 1/4" (for the red) and 1 3/4" x 5" (for the decorative paper). 
Then I cut a border for the window and attached it all.

Step Four: Attach the inside to the card base.  I fold the whole inside up and start with one of the panels and glue it to the inside of the base. - See picture - Then attach the second side by applying glue runner and closing the card to attach the inside to the base. 

Step Five: Decorate the front.  I cut the front papers to 5 1/4" x 4" and 5" x 3 3/4" and attach the "notebook paper" I printed on my computer next.  I then used my ATG gun to attach the front to the card base. 

Step Six: I added the sentiment I printed on my computer to the front using pop-dots.  Add the apple with pop-dots too. 
(Preserves Cartridge, Apple 4 cut at 2 1/2")

Step Seven: I then attached the hanging apple to the inside of the tunnel card.  I cut the Apple 4 cut from Preserves Cricut Cartridge at 2" (cut two of the base layer).  Sandwich a length of thread between the extra base of the apple and the assembled apple.  Tape (or glue) the thread to the top of the window of the card, making sure the apple hangs within the window center.

Step Eight: I added doodle dots to the apples to give them some nice character.

As you can see from all the patterns of the paper, I made a total of three of these.
Here are pictures of the completed set of cards:

Here is a close up of one of the completed cards:

That's it I hope you like it!

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I linked up this card to Tracy's Linky Party at She is providing a place for you to link up your projects or go there to grab some inspiration too! :)

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abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card design! Love the papers!

Christina said...

Very cute cards!


The Bookin Room said...

I really like this style card, very versatile! TFS

Jennifer said...

Hi Cheryl,

I have been bombarded with house projects (& disasters! :0) and I miss coming by!

I love, love, love your fancy fold card!!! :) What a great idea! And I really appreciate the step-by-step tutorial! Thank you so much for that!!!

As usual, I do have a couple more questions: did you cut the border for the window with the Cricut? And would you be willing to share the file for the "notebook paper" you printed on your computer?! It's adorable!

Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us!

Crafty hugs,

partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Georgiana said...

You know I love your tunnel cards. This summer I plan on making at least one. I will be looking at your tutorials then.

Pat N. said...

How cute! Love the papers you used, and that tunnel technique is really unique. TFS!--Pat

Unknown said...

Absolutely wonderful! That little apple is a perfect image to do this special fold with - it really suites your frame :)