It’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to need simple handmade thank you cards for teachers! So I thought…”that’s-a-down-right-close-to-perfect” idea for a Keep It Simple Sunday project.  So I got down to business with the fabulous set from my next Stampin’ Bingo, Animal Outing.

If you’ve never attended a bingo before, you’re in for a treat!  Not only do you get THIS darling stamp set…

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

…you ALSO get 9 games of BINGO with your besties, a welcome gift, a yummy dessert, make’n take projects and a chance at a grand prize! Sign up today for a fun night out!

There’s absolutely NUTHIN’ I don’t LOVE about this set (and yes, Mrs Fawcett my Grade Ten high school English teacher, wouldn’t be very happy about that double negative sentence! 😬) 

The cute animals, the funky and fun greeting font, the wonderful mix of sentiments…I had a hard time deciding what to stamp first!

But decide I did… and here it is.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

You have to admit, our wrinkly rhino is gosh-darn super sweet!  And what’s even sweeter?  How easy it was to colour him (not sure why he’s a “him”, but he just IS!)

Take a closer peek at the watercolouring then I’ll give you my sneaky little tip so you can make a batch of these simple handmade thank you cards for teachers in a snap!  

who needs simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you figure out what ink I used?  Tuxedo Black Memento.  

Wait, what?  For watercolouring?  

Well. not normally it’s true.  But here it’s HANDS DOWN the BEST choice. 

Why?  Because rhinoceros-sus are grey!

Here’s the scoop.  Since your Tuxedo Black Memento pad is dye-based and not permanent, as soon as you add water, the colour runs.  And here it ran right into a fully coloured rhino!  Perfection!

Make Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4” x 4 3/4”
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Black cord – a piece about 7” long

 Recipe

  1. Stamp rhino and sentiment onto watercolour paper in Memento ink.
  2. Use aqua painter with clear water to colour INSIDE the rhino.  (TIP1: just touch the tip of the aqua painter to the inside edge of the image to get the colour to flow then work into the middle of the image.  TIP2: Make sure you don’t add too much water. Less is more and you can always drop in a couple more drops anytime.  TIP3:  Leave some areas darker for realistic shading.)
  3. While ink is wet, scribble a little bit of Flirty Flamingo marker onto an acrylic block and just tap into his cheek area.
  4. Let dry naturally.  (TIP4:  Use your heat tool to dry more quickly – and set the rest of the Memento ink.)
  5. Scribble marker colours onto an acrylic block and pick up with aqua painter for the grass and bird (Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody)
  6. Glue all pieces to the front of the card.
  7. Tie bow in cord using my easy video and adhere with a glue dot.

This brand new cord is great.  It’s quite stiff so you can tie it like we did just now, wrap it around your cardstock (TIP5: use a strong adhesive to hold it in place) or look how cool it is when it unravels!

What’s Next?

So now you’ve got the deets, you just need this fab new set!  You can get it one of two ways!  

  1. Sign up for my Stampin’ BINGO in Central Alberta on June 21st or
  2. Order it today (with all the other supplies too) for quick delivery directly to your home!

Here’s one final gander at this ultra adorable rhino.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you sign up for the Bingo?  You’ve only got until Tuesday!  Get in on the fun now!

Whatever you decide to make with the cute Animal Outing stamp set, it’s going to get rave reviews from kids and adults alike.  And, I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure your simple handmade thank you cards for teachers will get you an ‘A+’ and move you to the top of any class, even Mrs Fawcett’s!

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