How To Make A Teacher's Thank You Card (Using Tagxedo)

As a teacher, I have always preferred a handmade card from a child as it feels more personal and I like the effort that goes into it. As a parent to a school-aged child, I was determined that we'd be making his teachers cards for Christmas and at the end of the year, and following a recent gem-sharing session in a staff meeting, I decided that we'd create his end of year card using my latest find.

Tagxedo!

How to make a teacher's thank you card

Tagxedo is a great website which allows users to input a bank of words and create a tag/word cloud in a specific shape. In the classroom we use tag clouds for topic work and brainstorming all the words that we can think of connected to the topic; they are very attractive and engaging for children (and adults alike!).

The software has predetermined themes in it which automatically choose a selection of colours to fit the provided shapes. However The Boy and I decided to create a more personalised word cloud in the shape of a rosy red apple for his teacher, made up of all the words he could think of associated with her or to describe her.

How To Make a Teacher's Thank You Card (using Tagxedo)

Making this card is easy with just a few simple steps, the most important thing to do is install 'Silverlight' on to the computer first, a link is available on the Tagxedo website. The other important thing is to have found and saved a suitable image from an appropriate website, this will be used as opposed to a present shape.

  • Click on the black arrow next to 'shape' and click 'add image'. Browse to find and select your image.

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  • Once the chosen image is shown, adjust the threshold sliding bar accordingly. Click 'accept'.

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  • Click on 'word/layout options' and go into the 'layout' tab. Press the 'yes' alongside 'use source colour'. This will allow a multi-coloured apple to be shown (i.e. a green leaf and red apple.)

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  • Next click on 'load' and click within the second box to enter the chosen words; single words work best, and use a new line for each new word.

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  • The font is chosen automatically, but by pressing the respin button next to the word a random font is chosen. Press the arrow next to the word to choose a specific font.

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  • By clicking on the 'orientation' respin arrow, it's possible to change the direction of the words in a random mixture.
  • Click 'save/share' to download the image and choose an appropriate size of image.

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  • We then cut the apple out and mounted it onto a light green, before cutting it out again and double-mounting it onto white, cutting out a last time and gluing it down onto red card.
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Comments

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      I think it would be perfect for that, especially if you can find the right shape to house the words.

  1. says

    Ilove this! I haven't commented onFB as I'm friends with my boy's teacher and don't want her to see it! Will definitely give this a go – thanks for the guidance, no doubt I will need it ;)

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Once you know how it's easy, but I did struggle at first and found another tutorial which was wrong on one step. I think it's a really effective card which can be adapted for so many different occasions. Thanks for commenting :-)

  2. Jessica says

    I can't figure out how to make the apple and stem/leave two seperate colors. I can get red and green, but it's all mixed up. Thanks!

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      The image I downloaded from the Internet had green leaves and red apples. When you go into 'Word/layout options' there is a 'use source colour', make sure that says 'yes' and it will use the original colour of the image you've imported. Hope that works!

      • Kate says

        Hi, I'm trying to this at the moment, but can't get the different colour leaf/apple. Can you post the link to the picture you used? Thank you.

  3. Candice says

    This is so cute! I'm trying to do it now :) However…I saved a pic of an apple, tried to add image, but it won't show up & I don't see where to adjust the threshold either. Help! What am I doing wrong?

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