Kid cards

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Handmade cards are so important to show that special person how much you care. Taking a few extra minutes and making it special and personal for them makes all the difference, especially when it is made by kids. Grandparents, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, best friends are all great people that deserve hand made cards.

So this week’s focus is for the younger artist. I was thinking 4-6 years but definitely with mom or dad’s help.

 We used the Cuttlekids die cutting machine with our cards, but you could use other die cutting machines or even simple layered punches with yours. I recommend using one with a layer or background for several reasons: One: having the background piece helps the children know where to glue the foreground pieces, two: it helps to add dimension to the embellishment and three: it helps to strengthen the embellishment.

 You will also need a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, a complementary color of cardstock and scrap pieces for making your embellishments. You will also need your cutter, glue and pens.

 You will want to begin by making your embellishements since they are the longest part of your project. We cut out lions, monkeys, and penquins. Use a dark color to cut the background of your embellishment and complementary colors for the foreground. The hardest part for me was remembering that complementary colors for children may differ… I guess not all lions are yellow, penquins black and monkeys brown. Allowing them their choice of colors is part of their creative process.

When all the pieces have been cut, glue together to create your embellishment. When using layered punches you can also use brads to hold them together. Flowers and snowflakes look great this way!

Cut your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock into two 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 pieces and fold lengthwise. Next cut your complementary color into a 4 x 5 1/4 rectangle and have your child glue it to the front of their card.

Now we are ready for the embellishment. Glue to the front and have your child hand write, if possible, their greeting. Happy Birthday, I love you, Happy Father’s Day, etc…

Remember to add a little signature on the back of your card letting the receiver know it was created with love by your child.

Happy crafting!

Tara

 

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