It was my mum’s birthday on the weekend, and as I was considering what to get the lady who has everything (!) I think I came up with a brilliant idea for her! It is very simple, but does require a bit of forward planning. And it’s something that anyone can do 🙂
My son loves drawing. He is very proud of his drawings, and usually scans a copy to give to his grandmother. She has pictures from all the grandchildren stuck up all around the house! So I decided to come up with something using his drawings, that would also be useful. And she often writes and posts cards and letters, so that’s what I made.
Together, my son and I chose some of his pictures that would be suitable to go on cards.
I had to iron some, as they had been to and from school so were a bit crushed. This did help! Then I photographed the drawings. I was able to edit out some of the creases and shadows that were left after ironing, but not all. But I think the ‘imperfection’ of the photos shows their authenticity!
I had the photos printed up, and together we chose packs of cards on which the photos would go. We chose these lovely pearlised ones, above.
Unfortunately, the photos were just a little bigger than the cards, so I had to trim them down a bit.
I had printed 2 copies of each drawing, so one copy could go on each coloured card.
Glue them on using craft glue, and weigh them down to dry so they stay flat.
Wrap them up nicely in cellophane. I had a pretty cello bag in my wrapping paper stash, which was just the right size. Now they are perfect for gift giving!
I would suggest when you take the photo of your child’s artwork, that you don’t crop them right down. When you get them printed up, they always seem to slightly crop them even further 😦 And it will give you more room to move when working out how you will position them on the cards.
And I think they look the best when the photos are quite a bit smaller than the card, rather than just fitting. This gives a good border of card colour around the photo. The dog card on the top of the pile, above, was the best I could do to get this effect. Next year I’ll have to remember this!
You could print the pictures up at home on normal paper, but I think they look very professional done as a photograph.
You could also embellish the finished card with glitter or other sparkle. Or add a tiny bit of colour to pencil drawings like these. But I like them just as they are.
Now, it really doesn’t matter what your child’s level of artistic expertise is. They may be more Jackson Pollack than Michelangelo. But I promise you, a fingerpainting will look amazingly professional when presented beautifully on a card! And if the artwork is more of your abstract variety, just choose a bright portion of it to showcase. Your children will feel special that you have done something so amazing with their work, and that is a gift in itself x
This is quite a different style of card to what I made for my sister in Card Making, Part 1. There are so many options for card making!
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