Friday, June 12, 2015

DIY Hand-stamped Cards

It's been a long week here at the Turberville house. We've battled rain-induced bad attitudes, stir-craziness, computer (technical) difficulties (a.k.a. This thing better work before I throw it out the nearest window.), and had a truck break down. Adult life is so much fun.
So let me get to the post because honestly I don't know how long my computer is going to be "agreeable." Cross your fingers!
We have been doing a lot of crafts lately in preparation for Father's Day. Nugget & I hand-stamped these "buggy" cards for Daddy & Poppie. Nana always sends him Grow Pills to throw in his bath. We love to watch these magic pills grow into creatures. Last time around she sent bug Grow Pills, and we ended up with spider, fly, worm, snail, ant, and roach sponges. But I never just throw these sponges in the trash once we are done with our bath time play. I squeeze the water out and let them dry so I can use them as stamps.

For this craft you will need:
Cardstock or thick paper
acrylic paints
leftover Grow Pill sponges (You can easily find Grow Pills at the dollar store or any big retail store.)
Fold cardstock in half to make the card. Then squirt some paint onto the paper so your child can dip the sponges easily into the paint. After that, let your little artist go to town stamping different shapes and colors. It will get messy, so have some wipes nearby and dress in old clothes. Once the card dries, let your little one pen a message inside. Our cards say "Happy Father's Day from your love bugs!"
The last card we stamped was from Easter-themed Grow Pills and they yielded an awesome Easter card for our Ma-Ma. Everyone always loves receiving these cards. They are so much more personal than a store-bought greeting card. And honestly, since you are repurposing the sponges and using craft supplies that you probably already have on hand, they are far more cost-effective.

Happy stamping! And Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there!

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