Teacher Appreciation Idea {Silhouette Sketch Pens Project!}

Apr 24th, 2012

Since Teacher Appreciation week is right around the corner for most schools, I have been thinking about what I could do for the amazing teachers in our life! First of all, my kids LOOOOOOVE their teachers, and I am sooooo grateful for them. I love that they are excited to tell me what they have learned at school that day, and their teachers have a huge impact on them.
 
My Silhouette CAMEO™ electronic cutting tool is one of my FAVORITE crafting tools hands down. I use it a ton.
If you don’t have one yet, you should get one. {Hint, hint, MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING UP!!} I recently had to get a new blade because I wore my other one out!! The Silhouette CAMEO™ is amazing. If you missed some of my past Silhouette projects, you should check them out. :) Here are a few links to my favorite CAMEO projects: {click on the pictures}
cottage style curtainspaper shoe Owl pillow 2 (1) Confections sign  
I love when I get to use something new in the Silhouette family, and Silhouette Sketch pens are soooo much fun. I decided to try them to make some teacher appreciation cards for the kid’s teachers. They are VERY easy to use. They basically just draw whatever the Silhouette would cut with a blade. This might sound nerdy, but I LOVE TO DOODLE, and these pens open up sooo many possibilities. I can doodle the image in my Silhouette Studio® and the pens will draw it!
 
I decided to experiment with the pens, and I designed the teacher’s cards. I had to adjust the placement of the design so that it would be in the perfect spot on my 8 1/2 by 11 inch white cardstock. {This took a few adjustments, but it was super fast and easy}. I bought the “best teacher ever” graphic in the Silhouette Online Store for 99 cents and designed the card in less than five minutes. Teacher CardI switched out the blade for the glitter pen and then I pressed “cut” for the pen to begin drawing the front of the card, and voila, the glitter pen worked perfectly.    invite 025 Look how cute it turned out!invite 026 I hope you can see the glittery texture on the writing. It is REALLY fun!invite 027Next, I changed the graphic to say “Mrs. Brinkerhoff” for my daughter Oaklyn’s teacher! I changed to the pink sketch pen because Oaklyn loves pink! invite 030 Listen, peeps, these pens change the world of card and craft making. All it takes is a 99 cent image and you can draw whatever you want! Heck, the fact that you can use any of your fonts on your computer ALREADY changes things! invite 031 They both turned out darling. invite 032 invite 033 invite 034 invite 035 Next, I designed the inside of the card and flipped the card over so that the writing would be in the correct spot. The entire process was super easy and really fast. Teacher Card inside invite 036
Silhouette is offering a deal {running April 24-April 30}…
1 Silhouette CAMEO, 1 $25 download card, 1 Silhouette Metallic Sketch Pen pack, and 1 Silhouette Glitter Sketch Pen pack for $269.99
Don’t forget to use the code THRIFTY!
This bundle would regularly cost: $344.97!
If you ALREADY have a CAMEO, you can get the sketch pen packs for $6.99!
 
Head over to Silhouette and
check out the bundle deal! 
Tell your significant other!! Mother’s day is only a few weeks away!
 
I will be posting my 2012 teacher appreciation gift over at Skip to my Lou on Thursday, so stay tuned for a fun Teacher Appreciation Gift idea! (I also used my Silhouette for that idea!!)

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