For the first time ever, Bob came home from nursery with a thing he'd made, and it was this Father's Day card featuring his footprint:
He hasn't wanted to craft much at home since the weather has been nice, and he'd declined when I suggested making a card the other day. I felt a little pang of envy as he showed his creation first to me and then to Daddy - he's only away from me for 4 hours a week, and I'd missed a crafting opportunity with him. I needn't have been sad though, it seems to have reminded him how much he enjoys creating things, and the next day he asked if he could help me while I was making a card for my Father in Law.
I was working with a card kit, and I was almost finished, but the card had a shaped front and paper to look like sky for the inside of the card. To make it something Bob could do and would enjoy, I suggested we make a sky instead, using chalks. It's a very simple technique - just dab some chalk onto a blob of cotton wool and do random swirls and streaks on some card. As you can see, even 3 year olds can do it - it made my 3yo very happy :-)
Here's the finished card:
What I used:
Lucy Cromwell "Home to Nest" A5 decoupage card kit, Chalks
- The sky is made of mostly blue chalk swirls, but with a few grey streaks here and there.
- Spray the chalk with hairspray to fix it. You can get special artists fixative, but it smells nasty and costs a lot more.
- I think more than 3 layers of decoupage can look a bit 'heavy', so I generally use alternate layers on my projects. As well as being more pleasing to my eye, doing this means your card doesn't have to go as a fat letter, and you can make another card from the unused layers.
A couple of days later, Bob asked to "play with your tools and make some nice shapes Mummy". He likes quite a few of my tools, but his favourite is the Big Shot. Looking for some paper, I spotted some that Bob had painted while playing a while ago, and I suggested a nesting star die because it would give him lots of shapes quickly. He seemed to get a real kick out of separating the stars and he loved spraying them with glue. He positioned them all himself.
What Bob used: XCut nesting stars die (for the Impress), Anita's acrylic paint - brown, metallic blue
Crafting notes: Bob mixed brown and blue paints on standard printer paper and I really like the effect.
What I used: Lucy Cromwell "Home to Nest" Ultimate Die Cut & Paper pack, Papermania Capsule Collection "Lemon Sorbet" A4 paper, Core'dinations cardstock, cream rickrack, cream brad, Whispers blue-green brush marker
- I used 3D foam tape for the decoupage, as it's half the thickness of foam pads. I added an extra strip to the centre of the bird box to get a nice curve.
- The Core'dinations cardstock I used behind the decoupage was not quite a match for the colour in the birdbox lid and on the 'Dad' tag, so I rubbed it down a little with sandpaper.