|Simple Handmade Valentines Cards|
|I gathered an assortment of stamps and inks|
|Stamp your own patterned paper!|
|4X4 cards of stamped patterned paper|
|Heart Punch + Red Scraps= Valentines Goodness!|
I took my heart punch over to my red scraps drawer and looked for some mostly solid scraps (so as to not compete too much with the stamped background we created). I ended up finding a bunch of scraps from a project I made using Cherry Cobbler cardstock (by Stampin' Up!), and I also switched to a larger heart punch.
I decided to prestamp all the sentiments for all the cards. I did this to make the project more manageable for my 6-year old. I just used scissors to cut the sentiments into strips.
|Attach sentiment with stapler|
My kids love my Tiny Attacher, so I knew I had to incorporate this tool into the project!
|Creating a "To" and "From" for the cards|
|Here again is the sample of the finished card|
Setting up crafts for kids:
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.
It also helps to package all the supplies together into steps, so they have all they need for one step, and are not distracted by the tools and products for the next step. I put the prestamped and cut sentiments into little clear bags with my girls' names on them and grouped together the tools and consumables for each step.
|Step 1 all set up!|
Here is my workspace all set up for Sophie to work on stamping her background papers. She's left-handed so I set it up just for her with inks on the left, 4 pieces of white 12X12 cardstock in the centre, and her samples over to the side. I have my stamp scrubber all set up to her right because I know she loves cleaning stamps as much as she loves stamping! If only I could say the same was true for me! There is a selection of stamps and blocks all set up at the top of her workspace, and I'll move them out of her space as she is finished with each one. I've flipped my Martha Stewart craft mat over so I don't need to worry about ink stains on my grid, and also put out my Bazzil non-stick craft mat so she can stamp off the page on the sides. She loves making crafty videos so I've left my video equipment all set up in case she wants to make a video.
|Steps 2-4 are all set to move in to her workspace when the time is right!|
Here is the video of Sophie making this project:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Stampin' Up!, Studio Calico/Hero Arts, Amy Tangerine/American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Stamping Bella
Inks: Stampin' Up!, Versafine
Papers: Stampin' Up!, My Mind's Eye
ToolS; Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz/Ranger), heart punch (EK Success), Magnetic letter stamp set (Making Memories), clear acrylic blocks