Making Cards w/Kids Art

With many parents about to be inundated with art, homework and handouts as school comes to a close, local Fine Artist, Rebecca Shapiro, thought it would be great to show how to make professional, inexpensive cards showcasing your children's artwork.  She also showed examples using other things from around the house like playing cards and wallpaper --  in case you don't have kids art available.

Rebecca's advice:   "We get so much artwork from school that it's hard to keep it all. It's important to pull out the art that represents your child's progress throughout the year. I recommend dating the back of their art. The other pieces, can be made into cards that other people can love. "

Here are the instructions for Kid's Art Cards:

Supplies:

  • A2 envelopes - 5 3/4" x 4 3/8"
  • cardstock or bristol board
  • colored copy paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • spray adhesive (double sided sticky tape can also be used)
  • x-acto knife
  • cutting mat or cardboard to protect surface
  • metal ruler

optional:

  • triangle
  • glitter
  • glue pen
  • ribbon and yarn
  • paper punch

Instructions:

  • To make the card base, cut cardstock or bristol board to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
  • To make the first layer, cut colored paper to 5" x 3 3/4". This is usually made out of a solid piece of colored copy paper and is used to frame the artwork.
  • To make the back of the card, cut colored paper to to 5" x 3 3/4". This is made out of a solid piece of colored copy paper and usually in a matching color to the front of the card.
  • To make the art layer, cut colored paper/artwork to 4 1/2" x 3 1/4".

Assemble:

  • Once the papers have been cut it's time to assemble.
  • It's easiest to use spray adhesive because it will coat the back of the paper to the very edge. Be sure to use in a well ventilated space. If you're concerned about fumes, use double sided tape.
  • Spray the back of the colored copy paper. Center on the front of the card.
  • Spray the back of the colored copy paper. Center on the back of the card.
  • Spray the back of the artwork. Center on the front of the colored copy paper.

Embellish:

  • Once the artwork has been assembled, it's time to embellish.   Using glitter, ribbon, crystals, beads, etc. decorate the front of the card.
  • Write your message on the back of the card, insert into the envelope and mail to your friends and family! 

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