Teacher’s Gifts!

I promise myself every single year that I will not be making gifts at the last minute….and then BAM – life happens!

So here we are the last week of Primary School and I’m crafting like a mad person yet again!

I was inspired by a project by Brandi Cox, she packaged a small collection of cards with a window sheet and kept the focus on the cards themselves – I modified her ideas to come up with this one of my own.

My stack of cards was bigger and so I’ve scored my cover differently.  You can use our Stampin’ Up! window sheets.  Otherwise if you have some acetate that will do the job too.  Any thick clear plastic packaging is suitable.

I’ve cut mine at 6 1/2 inches by 11 5/8 inches (16.5cm x 29.5cm).

I’ve scored it to wrap around my pile of envelopes and cards at 11.5cm, 13.5cm, 25cm and 27cm.  You can score your cover differently depending on the height of your pile of cards and envelopes, for my pile a 2cm width works well.

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As a photo of score lines on clear plastic is as helpful as shovelling snow in a blizzard here is a second photo illustrating the score lines on cardstock to help you get your orientation correct.

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Once you wrap your acetate cover around your cards you will tend to find that if it fits snugly it will tend to stay put nicely.  A little bit of washi tape on the back can help to secure it and in my project will coordinate nicely with my cards.

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That cute little stamp that I put on all my envelopes is from “Better than E-Mail”.

I then made a basic belly band (I didn’t score the belly band, I just wrapped it around. My bow was made with a Big Shot Bigz Die that I have had in my collection for a long time.  The tag was made with the “Merry Tag Framelit” dies, I’ve stamped the sentiment from “Tin of Tags” with versamark and Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.

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The trick with using this Glitter Embossing Powder is to heat set it from the underside of your paper, don’t direct the heat on the glitter from the top.  Watch it really carefully as you heat, you should see it get more glossy as the actual embossing powder melts.  Make sure that you shake your container before use to keep a good distribution of the powder through the glitter mixture.  Don’t over heat it as you may lose some of the glittery shimmer.

I’ve threaded some thick white bakers twine under the belly band and around the cards to prevent the cards from slipping out the side and to attach the tag to.

I think this gift is perfect all year round for anyone.  I think it would make a great gift for work colleagues as even if you don’t craft yourself I would think that most people like to give cards.  I will also be making these packs for my hairdresser, postal delivery lady and beauty therapist.  My packs for these important people will be all occasion cards that can be used all year round.

Oh and the cards that are inside? Very simple cards featuring washi tape, inexpensive and quick!

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If you have any questions please let me know!

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