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Easy to Make Homemade Card for the teacher: Apple for the Teacher

Updated on August 22, 2013

Back to School time

It's time for school to start again, or it has already started for some folks. That time of year when some parents are dancing in the street as the bus pulls away, or crying a bit as their first little one goes off to school.

For every student the first day of school can be a nervous one. It may be a new school, new friends, or the very first day of school.

It is a special time and a perfect time to create homemade greeting cards using the Cricut personal cutting machine. Kids love to have something to give to the teacher and this a card that your little one could give to the teacher or bus driver. And for teachers this is a card that is so easy to make that a teacher could make one for each of the children in the classroom. And don't forget classroom projects! Because this card has few cutouts; it is easy to create multiples for an art project. Also the large cutouts are easy for little fingers to handle.

Homemade Cards

The "Apple for the Teacher" or "Apple for the Classroom" card is another one of the easy to make homemade cards using the Cricut die-cutting machine.

The front of this card has a simple, clean-lined design with just a few cuts for each of the shapes. I decided against adding bows or other embellishments to keep the card looking as it does.

Cricut Solutions Cartridges

Cricut Solutions Cartridges: Serenade and Stamping

Both of these cartridges are from the "Solutions" collection. They don't come in a hard case with a large instruction booklet. Instead, you get the cartridge, the template, and a small pamphlet for instructions. Generally each of the cartridges has a basic image then additional images created by your keyboard keys.

Using only 4 combinations of keys: base, shift/base, layer, or shadow, you create a multi layered shape cutout. A beginner would have no problem with the Solutions types of cartridges. Making a handmade greeting card or other paper crafting is fun and easy to make.

Specifics

Cricut Cartridge: Solutions Serenade

Cricut Cartridge: Solutions Stamping

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #2

Red Cardstock Base with Printed Cardstock layer
Red Cardstock Base with Printed Cardstock layer
Apple layers cut out
Apple layers cut out
Apple layers assembled and adhered
Apple layers assembled and adhered
Apple Adhered to card
Apple Adhered to card
Hello sentiment cutout
Hello sentiment cutout
Hello sentiment assembled and adhered to the top of the card at an angle
Hello sentiment assembled and adhered to the top of the card at an angle
Dotting the Hello sentiment with a scrapbooking pen
Dotting the Hello sentiment with a scrapbooking pen

Step by Step

I cut a yellow lattice designed piece of cardstock at 5 1/4" x 4" for the card background. I chose a heavy red cardstock for the base card itself; keeping with the apple theme.

Cricut Serenade Cartridge:

Cut one <Apple>, size 2 1/2" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the yellow apple shape; it will peek out behind the top intricate layer.

Cut one <Apple>, size 2 1/2" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the white apple shape; the large shadow layer on bottom.

Cut one <Apple>, size 2 1/2" using the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cut out the green leaf.

Cut one <Apple>, size 2 1/2" using the Layer and base keyboard key. This will cut out the top red apple shape with the intricate design.

Adhere the 4 layers together starting with the white shadow layer on bottom, the yellow layer, the red intricate cutout on top. Add the green leaf.

Adhere the completed Apple layered cutout to the bottom center of the card.


Cricut Stamping Cartridge:

Cut one <Hello>, size 1" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the White top layer of the sentiment.

Cut one <Hello>, size 1" using the Layer and base keyboard key. This will cut out the Red Polka-Dot layer of the sentiment. It peeks out from behind the white layer.

Cut one <Hello>, size 1" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the Yellow bottom layer of the sentiment.

Adhere the 3 pieces of the cutout together.

Adhere to the top of the card.

With a scrapbooking pen I added small dots to the top layer of the Hello sentiment.

Done!

Cricut Solutions Stamping Cartridge

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      midnitessummer 

      6 years ago

      I think I would too. Very well put.

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      midnitessummer 

      6 years ago

      I think I would too. Very well put.

    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR

      MimiKat33 

      6 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thanks so much for your comment. Check out the prices on the Cricut Create machine; it is relatively inexpensive and a great starter machine for creating cards and scrapbooking layouts.

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      amazingchild 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Very nice instruction! If I had a Cricut Machine I would definitely try this. So cute!

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