We love to send homemade cards. We send them at birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This year we decided to make our own homemade Halloween cards. To do so, we set up our own mini card-making factory by making our own stamps.
Heavy cardboard (from a shipping box)
Card stock cut to size
Before we could make our cards, we had to make our stamps. We drew simple pumpkins on our craft foam and cut them out. We then cut the pumpkins into thirds. We glued our foam down onto our cardboard leaving a small space in between each section of pumpkin.
While the glue dried, we mixed our glitter into the paint. Use as much or as little glitter as you like. By mixing the glitter into the paint, you can considerably reduce the glitter messiness. If you don't want to use glitter, you can do this project without it.
Once our paint was mixed, we were ready to start printing. Paint each section of foam with your orange paint. Give it an even coating, but not too thin. Try to avoid clumps if you can.
Turn your stamp over and press it onto the front of your card. Hold it down firmly for 10 seconds and try not to wiggle it. Then, pull it straight up. It's a simple and satisfying process that my 6- and 4-year old were able to achieve without any difficulty.
Once the paint was dry, the girls took black markers and wrote Happy Halloween on the front of each. They're so excited to send these out in the mail! Do you ever make your own cards?
For more printing making fun, please see Cityscape Printmaking. We used a similar method with fun results.
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