Teacher Appreciation Week is next week! Are you ready to celebrate the amazing teachers in your life?
Every year, I try to think of something fun and different to do for my kids’ teachers. We are lucky to attend a fabulous school, and we are so thankful for the loving teachers that we have had throughout the years.
This year, I created embossed, handmade note cards for each teacher. I thought these would be great for them to keep in their desks to use if a co-worker had a birthday or if they wanted to send a thank you note to someone.
Aren’t they fun? They were really easy to put together, too. And, you can customize them anyway you want to. Here’s how I did it:
1. Pick up your basic supplies. You’ll need blank note cards with envelopes (a 25 pack was on sale for $1.33 at Michaels when I bought them), embossing powder in the color(s) of your choice, rubber stamps (I used a few different greetings stamps) and stamp blocks (if you need them), clear stamping ink, a paintbrush, and a heat or embossing gun (mine is a HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun).
2. Set up your workspace. I worked in an empty cardboard box lid so I wouldn’t blow the embossing powders all over my kitchen. I laid a piece of paper underneath a card so that I could collect the extra embossing powder on it (like you would with glitter).
3. Stamp the front of your card with clear ink. This works best when you get the stamp as inky as possible. Push down hard on the ink pad and then push the stamp hard onto the card.
4. Sprinkle embossing powder over your stamped image. You’ll want to work quickly here! If the ink dries, the powder won’t adhere.
5. Tap off the extra embossing powder to reveal your image. Make sure you put the extra powder on one side of your paper and keep your card on the other side. If there is any stray powder that won’t come off your card, you can brush it off with a dry paintbrush.
6. Emboss the image with your heat gun. I heated my HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun up to 440° and held it over the image for about 20-30 seconds. You’ll be able to tell when the embossing powder is heated up appropriately, because the powder changes color and it essentially melts. If you don’t heat it up enough, it won’t adhere to the card.
I would do 5 or 6 cards before I needed to pour the powder back into the jar – there was enough in my jar originally that I didn’t have to constantly pour the extra back in.
7. Package your cards. I am giving each teacher some Happy Birthday cards and some Thank You cards in red, blue and gold. I bundled them with envelopes and tied the pack with some bakers twine. Ribbon would be really cute, too.
What are you doing for your kids’ teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week?
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