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.
After seeing something similar on a YouTube video I couldn't wait to try making these wiper pop-up cards.
I'm really happy with how they came out and how many different ways they can be used. As with everything crafty your imagination is your only limit.
Oh What Fun, might be the name of the paper packet used but it's also very apt for these interactive sliding pop-up cards.
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.
Too soon for Christmas?
When it comes to card making, starting your Christmas cards early can help relieve the stress of rushing your creative card making during the silly season. Lucky for you I'm here to share a couple of easy cards you can make in a jiffy.
I created this gorgeous tag booklet for our Holiday Expressions Launch party. Not only was it a great way for me to display the new Fancy Tag set of metal dies but it is also made a great workshop for my customers.
Augusts stamp of the month is "For the Love of Crafting".
Its available only during August for $27 (+GST). When you spend $75 you can purchase this stamp for $7.50
Its such a gorgeous stamp and can be used on a scrapbook layout or card. I've made this card for a team swap using the Documented paper, bashful card stock and Cricut cut for the notepad background. If you have a Cricut you can open the cut file for the background and create your own here: Cricut Cut File
I've been playing with the Central Park Card-making and Scrapbooking stamp sets for classes and put together these two cards. This stamp set came with great timing, we've had two new neighbours move in recently so guess who's getting a card in their mailbox :D
This first card was made using the Central Park Scrapbooking stamp set and paper pack. Its a popular style of card right now. I've added a strip of Bashful glitter cardstock and tied some twine around it. The colour on the edge of the sentiment was created by scraping the edge over an ink pad. Its a great way to create a boarder without adding another layer to a card.
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