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.
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.
This was so much fun to make.
Made mainly from envelopes to store birthday cards in, it makes a great gift or if you're like me and easily forget birthdays, then its perfect to help keep you on track and organised too.
Each envelope stores the birthday cards for that month and you can keep track of the birthdays by jotting the names down for each month.
The envelope on the last page would be great for storing postage stamps and a few get well or thank you cards in.
Full instructions and video are available for you FREE here.
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I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. My father was a printer, bookbinder and finisher so we always had access to plenty of paper and learned the... (...read more)