The kids decided they wanted to make their own Valentines Day cards this year, so I did some pre-planning and this is what I came up with:
|Simple Handmade Valentines Cards|
I wanted something cute but very easy to execute with my 6 year old, who is in grade primary. Often when the kids make cards I just give them a bunch of supplies and let them create whatever they come up with, but for a large batch job, I figured we’d need a plan. Otherwise we’d have about 3 heavily embellished cards and 27 unfinished blank cards.
|I gathered an assortment of stamps and inks|
I went through my now reasonable-sized collection of stamps (I recently purged) and pulled out any hearts and stuck them on a large clear block. I also have 2 heart border stamps so I mounted them on clear blocks. In my search for hearts, I came across the super cute Stamping Bella holding 2 heart shaped balloons. I figured it would be perfect for the back of the card. I pulled out an assortment of red and pink inks, all from Stampin’ Up! These ink pads are large, sturdy, and I have a large variety of colours. They are difficult (for kids) to open, but I knew I’d be doing this project with the kids, so I didn’t mind.
|Stamp your own patterned paper!|
I knew the stamping would be the main attraction of this craft, and I knew my kids love to just stamp their hearts out all over a piece of paper. This lets them do just that… literally AND figuratively! I created a sample piece of stamped patterned paper using all the hearts and different coloured ink. I will encourage the kids to use one colour per stamp to minimize the amount of cleaning we’ll need to do.
|4X4 cards of stamped patterned paper|
Then I cut the paper into 4X4 inch squares. When I do it with the kids, I will probably cut the paper into squares while the kids are doing the next step.
|Heart Punch + Red Scraps= Valentines Goodness!|
|Attach sentiment with stapler|
|Creating a “To” and “From” for the cards|
I used the Making Memories magnetic letter set (one of my best early scrappy purchases!) to create a “To” and “From” for the backs of the cards. I ended up orienting them sideways on the stamper tool so I could leave more space for the kids to write the names of their classmates. I remembered to set up my steps so that we would stamp the backs of the cards before we attached the hearts to the fronts so there would be a smooth flat surface for stamping those backs. I might get the kids to write in the names of their friends before attaching those hearts too!
|Here again is the sample of the finished card|
Attach the heart with pop dots and do some optional doodling if you like, and voila- this card is done! Just 29 more to go. Per kid. (yikes!)
I have found that when working with kids it really helps to have a finished product for them to work towards (unless you’re going for a free-for-all, which we often do too!) as well as samples of some of the steps. For example, I left some of the stamped paper uncut so they would see that we start stamping on a large paper, then cut it down, rather than thinking they’d be stamping on little 4X4 cards.
|Step 1 all set up!|
|Steps 2-4 are all set to move in to her workspace when the time is right!|