When Close to my Heart first released these little animal sets, I had an idea to make a deck of cards out of them.
These sets are available until the end of August 2019.
After a bit of research into children’s card games, it turns out you can make a card game with 11 animal stamps.
I fiddled around with a few prototypes and finally decided a printable card was the best option.
If you’re following along here’s how I made them.
First download the PDF of the card design.
If you've purchased the stamp set through my online store you'll get access to the PDF for Free.
If not you can purchase it for AUD$5 here:
Then print on white cardstock.
Laser printers will work better as bubblejet printers tend to run if they get wet, but if that’s all you have it will still work.
Once you’ve printed the card bases have the children stamp the animals on the right card for each animal.
Then they can colour them in.
Once they’ve finished colouring in the animals, you're ready to stick the backing patterned card stock to the back. This will hide any ink that has bled through when colouring and make the backs of the cards uniform so you can't distinguish the cards and cheat!... I grew up with brothers and learnt the hard way.
After you’ve stuck the two sheets of card together you can use a laminator pouch and laminate the sheets. This will make them extra durable, again, brothers!
Once they’ve been laminated you can trim the cards to the edge of the coloured border. The end card size will be approximately 3 ½ x 2 ½ inches.
Now you’re ready to play!
We’ve had fun playing, Snap, Go Fish! And Animal Rummy. Just search google for children’s card games and see what other games you can play with this deck of cards.
I first made one of these in school as a kid and it never even occurred to me it would make a great card until I saw a similar idea recently. I've seen a few SVG files with this template but I wanted to make a larger one than what my machine would cut, without having way too many pieces.
I'm pretty happy with the results and can't wait to give it to my mum.
I can also see how great these would be to teach to a group of kids and use photographs to decorate the panels. It would make a really great kaleidoscope effect.
There is a bit of a trick to making them, and teaching the recipient how to fold it to open the next panel but once you've made one you will want to keep going and make heaps more.
"The paper crafters fidget spinner!"
Here you'll find the link to my freebies page with the printable instructions and YouTube video walking you through the steps.
For this Let Love Grow card I've used the Rock 'n' Roll stamping effect to give the pots and plants a dimensional effect. I've shared a how to video below so you can give it a try. This technique works really well with any solid effect stamp.
The stamp set is called "So much happy - cardmaking" and its definitely lived up to its name so far. I'm not normally excited about fussy cutting but the results this stamp set produces are really worth the extra effort. The light blue sky background was made with watercolour paints and helps create the garden scenery I was after.
Here are some colour choices for the pots and plants I've used. Have a play with some similar colours to get the effect you're after.
Ink the lighter colour first then roll the edge in the darker colour. This will prevent your lighter ink pads from getting stained with the darker colour.
A frame can really make your card stand out and OH BOY! have I got a treat for you!
I've created 3 very different cards using the same frame, shared the 'how to's' and given you the link to make some yourself with Cricut Design Space.
I love this photo my niece took of her sister and friend. I'm sure she won't mind that I copied it from her Instagram account.
Making the background for this page was so much fun. You never know how it will turn out and you can never create it exactly the same again.
I love how easy these window cards were to make. During a 5 for 5 session (check out the events page for more info on that) a friend and I wanted to make something a little different. She spotted some window cards on Pinterest and we got creating.
Using circle thin cuts for the windows and scalpel and metal ruler for precision cutting the cassette tape out and acetate for the window, we ended up making these cards cute cards.
The Seasonal Expressions 1 catalogue is out and I'm savouring every moment with it. The papers and new stamp sets are my favourite by far.
I'm starting off January with the Chelsea Gardens papers and stamps. They are so versatile I will have to make sure to order extra so I have it available to me for a long time to come.
The box card is perfect for these papers and stamp set. Having the Thin Cut Dies makes this little project even easier to assemble. Playing with this collection reminds me of English gardens in the spring (without the hay-fever).
You'll find below a little instructional video on how to make the basic Box Card and a cutting template on the Freebies page.
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