My friend came to me a few days ago to ask for my help to make a last minute teacher gift. She requested a hanging heart that said "Athrawes gorau" (Best Teacher in Welsh) and personalised with the teacher's name and her son's name and featuring the colour purple.
To make the heart I cut five hearts from white 300gsm cardstock, and one from Kraft card. I punched holes in each of the curves at the top of the heart then stuck all the layers together using PVA glue
with the Kraft heart at the back. (I used my ScanNCut to cut the hearts but a die would also work. If you don't have a die cutter or cutting machine I recommend using a square or a rectangle.) To prevent the stack from warping I put it under a heavy stack of books as it dried. When dry it feels very sturdy - like chipboard.
Meanwhile I found some pretty digital background paper and in a graphics program I used the heart template as a guide to place the text before cutting it out with the ScanNCut and sticking it to the top of the heart stack. Incidentally the fonts that I used for the teacher's name and the sentiment are Old Emma Decorative and King Basil (which I love).
To finish I printed out some flower and leaf graphics, cut them out and added them to the heart. It's not very clear from the photograph, but I printed three of each flower, cut each one gradually smaller than the last and then layered them up to add some dimension and make them more interesting. I threaded some thick string through the holes to create the hanger.