Adults aren’t the only ones who appreciate handmade cards. Kids love to get them, too!
If you haven’t tried making cards for kids, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to connect with the young people in your life, and make them feel extra special!
Don’t have any kids you’d feel comfortable sending your cards to? How about making some to donate? Many children’s hospitals especially appreciate donations of handmade cards that visitors can use to write special notes to their young patients.
You Octopi My Thoughts Card
Today I’ve used one of my all-time favorite stamp sets — Message in a Bottle — to make a card for one of my favorite kids.
When making cards for kids, I always use whimsical stamps and sentiments like the ones in this set. That way my cards are sure to bring smiles and laughter — something kids can always use more of!
How I Made This Card
To make this card, I started with a bright, cheerful color combo. In my experience, when given a choice between colors, kids almost always prefer the brightest ones in the bunch!
Card Sketch & Assembly
Next, I worked up a sketch for how I wanted my card to look. I find that my cards always come together better when I take the time to sketch them out first.
TIP: Sketching out your card ahead of time is especially helpful if you want to make several of the same card. Once you have a sketch to work from (including measurements), you can then cut all the materials for all of the cards at the same time.
Here’s the sketch I made, including the measurements of each piece. Feel free to use it if you like it!
Based on the sketch, I cut all of my papers, and then assembled the card.
Stamping & Decorating
To decorate the card, I started by stamping the octopus image with Rich Razzleberry, and the heart image in Bermuda Bay, on Whisper White cardstock. Then I ‘fussy cut’ both images using my Paper Snips.
Since I wanted the octopus to look lively, I attached him to the card using Mini Foam Dimensionals, and positioned him so that he looks to be reaching out from the ‘porthole’ window.
Next, I worked on creating the sentiment. Although I could have used the full sentiment stamp — “You octopi my thoughts” — I really wanted the sentiment to be bold and extra fun. So instead, I:
- Inked just the “octopi my thoughts” part of the stamp with a Lemon Lime Twist marker
- Stamped it on the white cardstock strip
- Used the Celebrate You Thinlets dies to cut the “You” from Rich Razzleberry cardstock
- Attached the “You” with foam dimensionals above the stamped part of the sentiment
- Used a double layer of foam dimensionals to attach the heart to the center of the “O”
Finally, to really emphasize the sentiment, and tie the whole card together, I added a few sequins from the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-backed Sequins pack. Don’t they look like little bubbles? Perfect for an ocean-themed card!
Want to Make This Card?
Click any link to visit my online shop, and get the supplies you need! Please note that you can only get the Celebrate You Thinlets die set for FREE with your qualifying Sale-A-Bration order between now and March 31, 2018.
Making cards for kids is so much fun! I hope my “You Octopi My Thoughts” card inspires you to give it a try.
If you need more inspiration, or a place to donate the cards for kids that you make, check out the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog. They’ve always got a fun ‘cards for kids’ challenge going, and they collect card donations for hospitalized children!