Teaching your children how to create a greeting card will help them express themselves through painting and designing. It is also a wonderful way to get the family together on occasions when everyone can express his or her love with a creative personal touch.
Blank or patterned paper
Decorative rubber stamps and ink pad (another option: look up pictures you want online and just print them onto paper you will be using for the cards)
Color pencils or watercolors or markers
Ribbons, glitter, glue, little buttons, sequins, etc.
- Get a blank or patterned piece of paper and fold it in half. Use the patterned paper if you want to make the background of your card more colorful–at this point you can also print an image onto the card.
- Choose a rubber stamp image that suits the occasion you are making the card for. For example, if the card is for a birthday, purchase a cake design. Then, stamp the rubber stamp onto the ink pad and onto the paper. If you do not have a rubber stamp, drawing images on the card will be even more fulfilling for you and your kids.
- Color in the stamped or drawn images with color pencils or watercolors or markers.
- Cut out the stamped image with scissors, but make sure to cut as close as possible to the edges.
- Glue the stamped picture in the middle of the card.
- Write a verse, quote, note or phrase on the top of the card.
- Fill the empty space on the sides of the card using small bows made out of ribbons. Sequins, buttons and confetti will also do. There are various types of ribbons such as satin, silk, nylon or lace, so you have plenty of frabics to embellish your card.