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My End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Cards

Ok, so I admit it! I totally procrastinated for the first time ever  and was not prepared for the last day of school! No teachers gifts, no nothing!!!!! I quickly ran up to the store and picked up some gift cards (not the ideal gift I like to give to the teachers, but in a pinch, I think they will appreciate it better than nothing). I pulled some backgrounds I had pre-made (on a Periscope I believe) and slapped on a sentiment/die cut and poof, my teacher cards were complete! Stuffed with a gift card and good juju, I ran them up to the schools!


These cards were so easy to create using this GORGEOUS background stamp from The Ton and 3rd generation distress ink stamping!   What do I mean by that? I mean, I got three prints from one stamped image. To create the first background, I inked up the Rose Terrace Cling background stamp with distress inks (the exact colors I used are linked at the end of this post) and misted the stamp with a light mist of water to activate the colors a bit. Using my MISTI for perfect placement, I stamped my first image and was left with this gorgeous, vibrant result. (sentiment: Thanks (Winnie and Walter), for a great year (Lawn Fawn).IMG_0975wtmk

Without reinking, I stamped the same image that resulted in more softer colors. (sentiment:  for a great year (Lawn Fawn), Scripty thanks (Lawn Fawn).


And lastly, I light misted the stamp one time and then stamped the image one more time. Look at these soft results. Just gorgeous. (Sentiment:  You Are (The Ton), Amazing (Avery Elle Die with The Ton’s Black Glitter Adhesive Paper).


So while I failed myself miserably (no cute Pinterest inspired handmade gifts this year), I hope the cards and the small token inside shows my appreciation for all these amazing women! They have touched my children’s lives, as well as my own! Sidenote: My son’s 4th grade teacher? I grew up with her at church! She was a few years younger than me so we traveled in different circles! BUT, we were in choir and arranged by height! Yup, she and I were shorties so we were near each other. Sandwiched in between us? My future sister in law – obviously being we were in high school, no idea! She didn’t even know my brother who is a few years older than me. They met years later at a wedding. HAHAHA! Small world.


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  1. Sandy Fleming says:

    These are wonderful! As a teacher who never receives teacher gifts from any of my students, I’d totally love these! Even just a card from the kids would be a wonderful gift.

  2. Maggie B says:

    Hi Laurel ~ Loved these cards when I saw you make them and love them still. I don’t really have any awesome background stamps for this effect, so I think it’s time I get at least one! My favorite teacher (I was a Teacher Assistant) gift was a set of kitchen towels and pot holders from a 5th grade student named Michael. He told me he picked them out himself and when I asked him if he had been peeking in my kitchen window, his response was, “Mrs. Baxter; I see you wearing those colors all the time so I figured you must really like them.” DUH!!! Go figure!! My son NEVER would have noticed ANYTHING like that!! LOL Teachers/Assistants/Aides appreciate any nice note from any student or parent. It’s definitely the thought that counts and since the district I worked at was 75% poverty level, I got many notes of thanks and they truly meant the most to me. ~HUGS to you and your “babies” as they finish up this extra special school year.

  3. Shirley says:

    Beautiful cards!

  4. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    These are beautiful Laurel…I’m certain they were very much appreciated by the teachers!
    side note: how are you doing and you’re short?! Or maybe it was that you were short in school and aren’t anymore? I ‘might’ be short♡

  5. Dayna Lum-Akana says:

    love love love the cards Laurel!

  6. Your cards are beautiful, Laurel. I’m sure the teacher’s loved them and felt appreciated.

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