As a teacher, spring means lots of things. As temperatures outside rise, so do misbehaviors. The end of Spring Break signals the beginning of testing season with End of Year exams, AP exams and, well, the list goes on. Maybe because of all this, Teacher Appreciation Week is often celebrated in May. I try to give cards to my fellow teachers along with my daughter’s teachers. This spring I have been playing quite a bit with the Waves of Ocean collection. (You can check out my other posts – Cascade TriFold Card and April Pals Blog Hop.) This limited release collection includes Waves of Inspiration stamp set, Waves dies, Waves of the Ocean designer series paper and Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels. While most people associate the beach with summer, lots of teachers (and students and parents) escape to the beach during Spring Break. I don’t like getting in the water and I don’t lay out in the sun, but I love sitting under a canopy or on the pier to watch the waves. While it is hard to spot the aquatic animals, the birds are frequent and beautiful to watch. There’s something special about seeing a line of pelicans fly just above the water. Awesome comes to mind, which is also a word I use to describe teachers.
For this card I started with a 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” card base of Pacific Point scored at 4 1/4″. I stamped the pelican from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set on a piece of Basic White and cut it out with a die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I stamped the sentiment also from the Waves of Inspiration stamp set on Basic White and cut it out with a die from the Waves Dies. I cut a 12” x 12” sheet of the DSP into 4” strips. I then cut this into 2 pieces 5 1/2” inches long. I was left with a 1” x 4” strip on which I mounted the sentiment piece using dimensionals. This strip was mounted to the larger piece of DSP. I fed a piece of blue 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon through the ends of the sentiment piece and attached it to the back of the DSP with glue dots. I also attached the image piece to the DSP with dimensionals. I attached the decorated DSP to the card base with Stampin’ Seal and added a few rhinestone jewels for bling!
I hope you enjoyed this project. I really hope the teachers that receive the cards enjoy them. And if you like the Waves of Ocean collection, you only have a few more days to order the DSP. The Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels are already gone but the Waves of Inspiration stamp set and Waves dies are carrying over to the new Annual Catalog. Get them and start creating!