Hey, long time, no see!
It was bound to happen. It seems, no matter how many years I teach, back to school always kicks my butt. It was probably a bit more brutal this year because, for whatever reason, I holed up in my craft room this summer and refused to leave until the first required work day. Why? Because I just want to make cards. The woes of the employed.
But here I am, and ready for a big, big share!For the past few years, I have recognized the teachers and staff in my building with cards and tiny gifts whenever possible -- first day of school, holidays, birthdays, teacher appreciation week, and other seasonal celebrations. This year was no exception! I made cards and cookies, gift tags, and card sets aplenty!
Just wait til I show you!
I am pretty excited about these cards because I actually used my brand new Silhouette Cameo 4! I was inspired by these oversized fruit cards Jennifer McGuire and her sidekick Lila made. Oh man, I wanted those stencils! But I resisted, and while I'm not a better person for it, I did survive the hardship.
To create my DIY stencil, I used an image purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.
But let's be honest here. There's no way it was that easy.
You caught me.
Here are the real steps:
- In Silhouette Studio, draw an A2 size rectangle, so you know how much space you have to work with.
- Keeping all the apple layers together, resize the image to whatever you want.
- Duplicate the image multiple times and position them on top of the A2 rectangle. Be sure to angle some and flip some upside down.
- Duplicate the entire design onto new pages -- 4 times -- one for each color / layer.
- On each of the pages, delete all but one layer -- leaving a different layer on each page.
- Delete the A2 rectangle and any other shapes outside of about a 6x8" area
- Background shape -- ink in Gina K Sandy Beach -- very, very lightly
- Apple top & bottom, & stem -- ink in Gina K Red Hot, Brick Red, & Dark Chocolate
- Seeds -- ink in Gina K Black Onyx
- Highlights -- ink in Hero Arts Unicorn White (or add Ranger Opaque Texture Paste)
And now, New Teacher Gifts:
And there you have it!