Homemade Christmas cards are one of the more popular activities at the moment. We bought a large amount of colourful blank cards with envelopes in the sale at a local craft shop earlier in the year. It has been fabulous as Peakles likes to make cards for all occasions. With Christmas being a few weeks away, making Christmas cards has become a regular arts and crafts activity that is easy to set up and easy to clear up too!
Our first cards have been a way for Peakles to experiment with textures and colour. She added spots of glitter glue to her card and added some snowflake sequins. She then added some trees to the card. Once the card was looking very festive Peakles decided it was time to move onto the next one.
With this card Peakles cut up some small lengths of red and gold ribbon. She then used a glue stick to stick them onto the front of a blank card in a random pattern. She was quite particular about adding the ribbon pieces.
The finished effect was quite subtle and rather striking and I like the way that she stuck the down the ribbon in its centre, allowing the ribbon to curl up slightly, rather than pressing the ribbons down flat. It gave the card a certain depth and a sense of sophistication.
Peakles then went on to make a rather simple candy cane card. She took three different lengths of a cut striped straw and bent the end over to create a hook like shape.
She then stuck the three canes onto the front of the card to make a simple but striking design.
I love all the cards she has made so far this festive season and cannot wait to make some more.
We have also made some stained glass effect cards with more help from me as it required using a craft knife. We took three cards and I cut out a design on the corner and the front of the card.
Peakles then stuck down a rectangle of coloured cellophane to the inside of the card.
When the card is opened and displayed the design on the corner makes the card look more three-dimensional rather than flat.
I am sure we will be making a whole series of cards this year and we have gained more ideas to try out after taking art in the Christmas Card Hangout hosted by Maggy from Red Ted Art . We were delighted to see some of the wonderful cards made by Kids Chaos, Aly Hodge, Fairy Frog and Crystal McClean on this weeks hangout and came away feeling very inspired!by