Monday, August 23, 2010

Painted Thank You Cards

By-Jenny2

Good morning! It is a beautiful Monday in Seattle and I'm going to write this quick, quick post before taking the kiddo out for some fresh air and sunshine!

Here is a paper craft I did with Ben last week. As you know, he had a birthday nearly a month ago, and we are well overdue for sending out thank you cards. I always love making thank you cards with him, it has become a bit of a tradition after birthdays and Christmas. I like to think that the handmade aspect adds a personal touch to the sentiment of gratitude. In any case, it makes for a fun arts-and-crafts activity with a little one.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards

I started by having Ben paint with some of his new watercolors on simple white cardstock.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards

When the painted paper was dry, I cut them down the middle and folded them.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards

We then stamped "thank you" on some colored cardstock. I did most of the stamping, but kept it intentionally rough around the edges, so as to keep some consistency with the 3-year-old-made look of the cards.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards

I also cut some color drawing paper to the size of the inside of the card. The paint kind of came through some of the cardstock, so I wanted a clean surface on which to write our notes. Out came the glue gun, and I pasted the "thank you" on the top of the cards and the color paper on the inside.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards

Ta-da! It's nothing fancy, but they're made by hand and with love. Now, to finish writing and mailing them... But not this morning! We're off! I hope you have a wonderful start to the week.

Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards
Jenny: Painted Thank You Cards


Angel-mini-buttonI am amazed at how well this project turned out! It seems so simple, but the end result is quite beautiful. I have some of Ian's watercolors saved for this very thing!

4 comments:

  1. The cards are beautiful, like you said something simple but beautiful and ends up being much more meaningful to have been made by ben

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  2. Thank you very much, Andrea!

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  3. Brava, I say, to a mother who teaches her children practically from birth, "Did you write a thank you note yet?" and shows them how. These thank you's are gifts themselves. Gratitude dripping from the end of a paint brush. Now, if only some of the brides/grooms upon whom I've bestowed gifts had been taught by the kind of mother you are. You are teaching your children "To Be." Be grateful. Be courteous. Be thankful. Bless you, my child. Signed, Kelley: Queen of one king, mother of two princesses (26 and 23)

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  4. Thank you for your kind words, Kelley.

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