Thursday, January 29, 2009

Handy Valentine Card

We made these fun cards to give to family members today. This was very simple and fun to do. I even made a few myself.
Here are the instructions:
1. Fold a piece of white card stock in half. Using ink or craft paint, carefully apply to your child's hand. I used craft paint and a sponge brush. My experience has been that paint works better for me than ink. Have baby wipes ready to wipe off the extra immediately after.
2. When applying the hand to the paper, turn the card paper upside down and/or backwards-so the card opens the opposite way of what you would normally expect. This way, your child will not have to bend their hand in an awkward position when stamping their hand heart. Have your child hold their fingers together instead of spread apart. This way the image will look more like a heart. The palm of the hand makes the top of the heart, and the fingers make the bottom of the heart.
3. Press the hand evenly and lift straight up when done.
4. Wipe off extra ink/paint with a baby wipe, and then wash the hand with soap and water.
Repeat the process with the other hand.
5. Let dry.
6. Use a black pen to add words or embellish. You could also stamp some words. I also used a red ink pad to ink the edges of the card.
7. Write a message to the loved one inside and you are done!
note: **My 3 and half year old could easily do this with my supervision. Trying to do it with an almost 1 and half year sort of worked-but obviously not as well. I had to wipe his hands off right away:)


Jodi said...

I love this idea. I'm going to do this asap for all our family members. Thanks for sharing.

CC said...

This is GREAT! Maybe I can do this tomorrow as I'll have to stay home from work with a sick kid :(

Stephanie said...

Hi! I love this idea for Mama, Grammy, and Grandma.
Thanks so much!

Heather said...

Super sweet idea! Meara and I will have to make these next week! Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea.

sara's art house said...

GREAT idea! The grandparents are going to love this one!

Scooby's Mom said...

thanks, this is a great project on so many levels! i'm going to post about it on my blog with a link. sososo cute :)

Elizabeth said...

This was so cute, I just did this today with a playgroup. Thanks for sharing!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those are adorable! So creative and simple. Thanks for the post.

vanpeltium-4 said...

HI! Found your site through Crafty Crow...already searching for Valentine's crafts, oh dear! But I had to leave a comment because I was so excited to find another Sharla out there in the world!! And even spelled the same way!!!

BTW, love your valentine handprint idea, I'm thinking it would be fun for my son's first grade class :)

**Amy** said...

I can't remember where I first saw this idea! It very possibly could have been from you via Crafty Crow! So creative! Thanks for sharing and thanks for you comment on my blog!