Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Merry

Our holiday cards are finished and will be on their way in a day or two. This year all three of us took part in creating our cards. It was a fun family project. So here is the whole step-by-step process we did to make our works of holiday mail art.

First kiddo applied watercolor to paper in random color washes. You can see she enjoyed this part, paint splatters everywhere! You also get a peek of our kitchen/dining/project/school table with the world map and clear plastic cover.
Next we sprinkled salt onto the wet watercolor washes and watched the magic happen.
Then hubby carved potatoes to make stamps. After brushing the salt off the dried watercolors we cut them into the sizes we needed for our cards.
They were then stamped with hubby's holiday potato stamp designs.
Embellishments were added, letter stamps, silver and gold markers were used, buttons and bows. Each piece was then adhered to the front of a blank greeting card.
And it's a holly jolly season. Merry Merry to you!

14 comments:

winna said...

What a wonderful creative project for the family to do---and it's wonderful to see the process. You should all be smiling!!

Mary Timme said...

I'm getting inspired to make my own cards for next year because I've read of so many people making their cards this year. Sounds like fun. Think I'll do that next year.

Jennifer Lawson said...

Your cards are just wonderful.

Shirley said...

These are WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing the methods and photos.

Terri said...

Those are cool. Next time try it with simple green cleaner instead and see if you notice a difference. Happy Holidays.

marancat said...

These are great - what a super family enterprise!

Sarah Ketelaars said...

how lovely. my girls will love to see this...
Merry christmas!

Diahn said...

Fantastic! I love the end result - what a fun way to spend a day!

freebird said...

I love how you showed the steps. It's always surprising to see the unlikely beginning turn into a super finish. I've got to send the link to this post to my daughter. She does lots of crafts with her kids and would enjoy seeing what someone else has done.

Sherry said...

Very, very cool. THe cards are pretty and unique, but the memory you have created by involving everyone is a wonderful gift in itself.

Kathleen said...

What a great meaningful way to send greetings to family and friends I love the product and the process- thanks for sharing with us

Teresa said...

The recipients of these beautiful cards will no doubt treasure them for many years to come. What a lovely gesture and how nice to spend family time together creating them!

BMoon said...

What fun! These are beautiful.

purplepaint said...

Oh these are wonderful! Merry Christmas! :) Marva

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