Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thumbprint Christmas Cards

The weather here in PA has felt more like spring than winter.  Nevertheless, we are getting ready for Christmas.  The tree is up, the house is decorated and the shopping needs to stop.  It seems like every time I go out, I end up at a store with at least one more Christmas present in my cart.  And the days I don't leave the house, I shop online.  Seriously, someone needs to stop me.  Good thing Christmas is just ten days away.  

Besides buying and wrapping presents, we've been doing some Christmas crafts.  Here's a cute and easy one for kids of all ages.

We started out by testing the markers to see which colors showed up best and which ones we wanted to use.  I had originally planned to make the thumbprints on little canvases but for some reason, the ink was very light on the canvas.  Since you could see the prints better on paper, I switched to making cards instead.  I'd like to say that everyone on my Christmas card list will get a handmade thumbprint card, but that's not going to happen.  These two were the only two we made, however we could photocopy them in order to mass produce them without the kids have to ink up each time.  

To add the ink, I just colored in an oval shape on the finger or thumb that we wanted to use and had the kids press it down on paper.

Below we have two fingerprints of the older kids and one fingerprint of each of the younger kids.

Then I used a black marker to add the squiggly line and the tops of the lights.

I cut it out, backed it with some card stock and wrote a little message.

Getting the baby's thumbprint was a two person job.  My older daughter held him while I stamped his thumb.  He was a good sport about it.

Here are the thumbprints from each kid.

And here are the thumbprints all dressed up like reindeer.

Again, I cut it out, backed it with some card stock and wrote a little message.

What great Christmas cards, especially for grandparents.

I got my inspiration from Pinterest HERE and HERE.

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