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The apple has become a traditional teacher’s gift. Although, I’m pretty sure teachers would rather receive a gift card. So, I’ve chosen to use a paper apple on the front of my card that could also hold a gift card inside.

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Picked For You

 

Doesn’t this apple look good enough to eat? The apple was created with a stamp set, Picked For You, that has a four-step stamping process.

I first secured a square of Thick Whisper White cardstock in the corner my Stamparatus, positioning stamp #1 with the stem notch at the top. Stamps #2, #3 and #4  were positioned with #1 as the guide. The ink colors are #1 Real Red, #2 Cherry Cobbler, #3 Lovely Lipstick, and #4 Soft Suede. The stamps are numbered in the stamp set, making it easy to follow.

After inking, I fussy cut the apple with Paper Snips, and used an Aqua Painter to blend the colors together, giving a softer, watercolored look.

My tasty apple needed a background, and I found this photo for inspiration.

I thought the Bokeh Dot stamp would look nice in Granny Apple Green ink. How could I not use this ink with such a perfect name? I also used a stamp from the Swirly Frames stamp set to increase the size, and frame, my Bokeh Dot background. The dimensions worked perfectly, and the Stamparatus insured it would be evenly spaced on the Whisper White cardstock.

 

The apple tree branch was cut from Soft Suede cardstock, using a a die from Seasonal Layers.

 

The leaves were created with the Lemon Builder Punch, and the Bokeh Dot stamp. This time, I used Garden Green ink, and punched eight leaves, five for the front, and three for inside.

The circle is a Swirly Frames stamp, stamped in the same Granny Apple Green. The sentiments in the Picked For You stamp set are so appropriate, and cute. I stamped, “You are terrific to the core!” in Soft Suede, as well as “For a special teacher” on the front.

I decorated the envelope with a piece of Designer Series Paper, Under the Mistletoe, which you’ll find in the annual catalog. Red and green is not just for Christmas, right?

Keep scrolling to see the products I used for my teacher’s gift. Please don’t be intimidated by the 4-step stamping in Picked for You. An apple doesn’t have to be exact, it’s very forgiving, and it’s fun!

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