Monday, May 26, 2014

End of the Year Teacher's Gift!

Hi! Chrissie here!
I wanted to share a little tutorial showing how I made some simple (and cute) frames for my daughter's preschool teachers and the cards I created to go with them!

I bought some plain wood frames at JoAnn's and pulled out my chalkboard paint to cover them.

It took two coats to cover the wood, but it dried pretty quick.  By the time I was done with the first coat on the second frame, the first frame was already dry!

I created some simple chalkboard-inspired background on the computer (you can search chalkboard images online - there are a ton!).  I made both a green and a black version.  I ended up going with the green since the frame was black.

Then I pulled out my trusty glue gun and I adhered two crayons to the right side.  I left the rest of the frame blank so chalk could be used to decorate the frame over and over again in the future!!!

This shows one of the finished frames (I blocked out the teacher's name).

I wasn't done yet....

Then I knew I had to make cards!!! I pulled out my A Good Apple set and my Distress Inks.  I stamped the inks on my non-stick craft mat and sprayed them with water.  Then I placed the cardstock (I used VersaFine when I stamped the sentiments so it wouldn't smear) directly onto the ink and let the Distress Inks do their magic!

I used to heat gun to speed up the process of drying so I could color things in with Spectrum Noir colored pencils (I used colors 025, 045, 033, 001 and 013).

I also created a quick inside (I LOVE to use black cardstock as a base, so that means I need some white inside to write on!) and I wrote a quick note and had my daughter sign it, too.

The finished pieces:

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow, THAT is an AWESOME gift for a teacher! And I love that card!

  2. What a fabulous teacher's gift! I know that if one of my students gave me a gift like that, I would treasure it.


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