Valentine’s Day Grandparents Cards

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Little Miss has been on a drawing and coloring kick lately so I had the bright idea to make Valentine’s day Grandparents cards. It worked . . . well, mostly. She’s still a little young to get the card painting part. Even when we tried several different ways to paint, she either wanted to wave the plastic bag around, poke holes in the plastic wrap or play in become the paint. She’s a VERY hands on learner. Once we got to the handprint part though, she did great!

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Needless to say we got the cards made and I think they came out really cute. Follow along below for instructions on making your own Valentine’s Day Grandparents Cards. (*I found the painting technique for this card a few years ago on Pinterest but lost the source. If you originally blogged about this particular acrylic painting technique-let me know, I’d love to give you credit!*)

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Heavy cardstock (affiliate link)

-Cheap gallon bags

Acrylic paints (affiliate link)

-Foam paint brush

-Envelopes

The Process:

Make sure your paper will fit in the bag before you add the paint (some brands of bags are a little smaller than others.)

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Place your paper on the table and add small dabs of paint. This is where you get to be creative and add as many colors as you’d like!

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After you’ve finished dabbing paint, carefully slide the paper into the bag. It’s easier if you first blow a little air into the bag. Seal, leaving some air in the bag.

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Hand it to your child and let them squish the paint around.

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As soon as they are finished squishing the paint around, pull the paper out of the bag. If you wait to long, it will get a little tacky and the paint will stick to the bag when you pull it out.

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Next, lay the paper on a flat surface to dry.

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After the cards dry, cut them to match whatever envelopes you have. I cut the paper in half which gave me a 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ card. These fit nicely in the 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ envelopes I had on hand.

Take white acrylic paint and dab a little on the foam brush. Using the brush, cover your child’s hand in a very thin layer of paint. Be careful not to get too much paint or the hand print will look blobby and undefined. You can always do a test hand print if you feel there’s too much paint.

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Using the top corner of the card as a starting point, lay their left hand on the left side of the folded card. If you’re starting with the right hand just start on the right side of the card.

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Repeat with the second hand, using the opposite corner as your starting point. As you lay their hand on the paper, make sure the two thumbs are touching and the first two fingers intersect.

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After you finish both handprints, lay the cards on a flat surface to dry. Once the cards are dry you can embellish them however you’d like!

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4 Replies to “Valentine’s Day Grandparents Cards”

  1. Looks like so much fun!

    1. Yes it was and a little messy 😀

  2. Love those cards! Who cares about mess when you are creating masterpieces!! It is kind of like what I do on walls – without the hand prints. Thank you for sharing your technique.

    1. Right! That’s my sentiments exactly now if only I can find where that maid went and make her clean up our mess! 😂

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