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Handmade Holiday Cards
Alan & Jessica Wagener
Homemade Holiday Greeting cards are easy, fun, inexpensive, and a great way to be together as a family. Even very little ones can participate. Here's how:
What you need:
- Cards: You can use a variety of papers, We usually use inexpensive, heavy, rough textured watercolor paper, cardstock or construction paper, but try a variety of papers and see what you like.
- Envelopes: copier paper, or other bendable paper.
- Raw potatoes, raw apples
- Sharp knife- a paring knife or craft knife.
- Color- Poster paints, acrylics or food coloring, watercolor ink, dye, etc.
What to Do
1. Cut an apple in half crosswise. Now you have two round stamps each with a five-pointed star in the middle.
2. Cut a potato in half. Draw, or use a cookie cutter to make designs on the flat, cut surface of the potato.
3. Cut away excess potato around the design so the design stands out.
4. Sponge or brush paint onto your one of your stamps. Press the stamp onto a card and repeat.
5. To get more complex shapes make each part of the shape a stamp, then combine stamps.
6. Let the cards dry, add a greeting put in envelopes (below) and send 'em off!
Make Your Own Envelopes
Choose a size of paper larger than the card as shown in the illustration. Lay the card on the paper and fold as shown.
Tuck one flap into the other and seal with a decorative seal, or use glue or tape. By varying the long dimension of the paper and changing where you place the card on the paper, you can change where the flaps meet when you close the envelope.