This year, at the very last-minute, I realised we hadn’t made thank you cards for the teachers and LSAs at school. A quick bit of searching for ideas on Pinterest led me to creating a quick and simple card, which complemented the ice-cream hampers and had the feel of summer sun. Washi-tape Lollipop thank you cards could be adapted and used for most celebration cards (think phrases with ‘fab’, ‘lolly’ and ‘cool’).Fortunately my craft boxes had everything needed to make the cards.
A4 white card – I pick up ours from The Works as it’s really good value.
A4 paper – just from the ream we have in the office.
Lollipop Sticks – I have loads from a trip to Hobbycraft.
Washi tape– from a frequent trip to Paperchase.
Double sided tape – not in the photo but I decided it worked better in places. I think from The Works.
Double side square foam – I had these from my mum, I think they’re for card making.
Envelopes- From a stash we keep in the house.
We also used scissors, a printer, and paper-cutter to make the card.I started by quickly setting up a design using Picmonkey. I wanted to have a real pun to the card, it wasn’t great, but hopefully it worked. These were printed onto white card.
I then found a template for the lollipop. It would be easy enough to cut this freehand but we had eight cards to make, so I used this template to print them out onto white card.
We cut the lollipops and then the children added the colourways to their choice- dependent on who the card was for it transpired.
Whilst the children were busy with the lollipops, I cut the card to size. Before I cut the card I folded a piece of A4 paper and popped it inside. The cut was a bit random dependent on what text was on the card- and I like to think this made each card unique. Once cut, I then trimmed down the paper a bit more.
I then cut the lollipop sticks to size, which means you can use one stick for two card.
Once all the pieces were to prepared, the children then set to writing in the fold of the A4 paper (you could pre-print most of this if you wanted).
I used double-sided tape to put the lollipop stick in place, and then used the stick pads to pop the lollipop on. I really liked the effect of this.
With the card made, once the children had written their words, the paper was added using double-sided tape to the side of paper closest to the fold at the back, and putting in place.
And ‘ta-da’- the perfect way to bring on the summer for teachers who have been looking forward to it since Christmas (one assumes!).