ORIGINAL ARTWORK NOTECARDS
- canvas paper (available at Michaels or other craft/art supply stores)
- paint and brushes (we use Crayola washable kids' paint for just about everything)
- white cardstock
- paper cutter
- white envelopes (WalMart sells a nice 4x6 size pretty reasonably)
STEP 1: Cut canvas paper into 4.25" x 5.5" pieces.
STEP 2: Paint each canvas piece as desired. Sometimes I let Noah go at it and do whatever he wanted, which created an interesting mix of colors like this:
Older artists can draw or paint any kind of design they want, and even include words like "Thank You" or "Happy Birthday."
STEP 3: Cut cardstock in half so that you have two pieces that are 4.25" x 11" from each sheet. Fold in half...this will be your card base.
STEP 4: After artwork has completely dried, use adhesive to attach one piece of artwork to the front of each folded card base. Now the art is the card front.
OPTIONAL STEP: Stamp a greeting inside the card if desired.
At this point, you can either write in the card yourself and send it, or you can choose to give it as a gift. For a gift, stack anywhere between 6 and 10 cards with an equal number of blank envelopes underneath. Tie it up with a pretty ribbon and put in a gift bag. I wish I had thought to take a photo of them all packaged up when we gave Noah's Grammy a set for Christmas. I did get this shot, though, after she opened them up.
These are quick, easy, and surely cheaper than buying cards at the store! Plus, Noah literally wants to paint every single day, so this gives us something useful to do with all of his masterpieces. Everyone loves a handmade gift or card, especially when it comes from such a cute little artist. :)
Meanwhile, I have to share this story. Yesterday was gorgeous around here; the first beautiful warm day we'd had in over 2 weeks. So, needless to say, we went to the playground. Several times. The one at the end of our street has this fun tunnel slide that Noah just loves.
As he's sliding and playing, all of a sudden, I hear the slide "talking." Noah is up top, I can't see him, but he's yelling through the tunnel, which of course makes a great loud echo for the whole neighborhood to hear. "NOAH MADE POO-POO! NOAH NEEDS A NEW DIAPER! POO-POOOOOOOOO!" Yup, that's our life. Don't you love it? I do!
I shared this project here.