Teacher Thanks

My kids’ alternative school runs on a trimester system. We are wrapping up our first term before the holidays. I like to give tokens of appreciation to their teachers at the end of each term. Because  their school is run like college for kids, where learners pick and choose from a large listing of classes, they have multiple teachers to say thanks to. I keep term thanks to simple cards and make a bigger thank you at the end of the year to simplify things. Of course thanking our teachers fits perfectly in with Jennifer McGuire’s week 2 of her Share Handmade Kindness campaign. In thinking about design, the sketch challenge from DCWV for November was a perfect fit for one of my cards.

And my take. The first photo shows a bit of my process as I plan a project, laying out items, and even dies as placeholders, to get a sense of scale and color and flow.



I knew I wanted to use an apple image, because it’s just so classic. I wanted to keep the colors simple so the apple would pop. So I used the DCWV La Blanc stack, which as the name suggests is mostly white, and just added subtle hints of color. One tip for you. Notice how my arrow strip points down on the top and up from the bottom? Just take the strip, cut it in half in the middle where the other elements will cover it and rotate each strip to point into the design.




All papers from DCWV, card base is Neenah, wood veneers are from Scraptastic. Stamps are Stampin’ Up (small thank you) and Lawn Fawn.

I’ll be back in a few days with some more cards altering this sketch for Thanksgiving cards. In the meantime go check out DCWV’s challenge and Jennifer McGuire’s campaign!

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