Friday, April 18

Handcrafted Easter Cards

Easter or Spring Greeting Cards, Crafting with Kids

Here’s a fun and easy Easter or Spring greeting card to make with the kids.
But I must confess.  I made these myself (my kids are grown) and sent these out as my Easter cards.
Hint: saving the larger pieces of scrapbooking paper left over from other projects allows you to make these cards with little out of pocket expense.
I also reuse scrapbooking paper for other crafts such as Homemade Gift Tags.

What you’ll need:
Crafting or scrapbooking paper
Heavy card stock paper
Yellow and orange pencils
Black ink pen
Glue stick
Scissors or paper cutter
Printer (or hand write the Easter greetings)

Card stock paper is thicker and heavier than regular scrapbooking paper.
Also, use scraping booking paper that has spring colors or an Easter theme for the background. 

To begin, fold one sheet of 8 ½ by 11 inch white card stock paper in half. 
Cut on fold line.
(Or purchase a quarter fold greeting card packet which comes with envelopes from Staples or Office Depot).
Fold each cut half in half again to create a card.  You now have 2 cards. 
Each card will measure approximately 5 ½ by 4 ¼ inches when complete.  Repeat these steps for desired amount of cards.

Next using the paper cutter (or scissors) cut out a piece of spring or Easter themed scrapbooking paper approximately 2 inches by 4 inches. 
Glue this evenly lined up onto the center of the card.
Now it’s time to make the chicks.  Practice makes perfect, so on an extra piece of white paper practice drawing chicks. 

First, draw an oval circle with a yellow pencil.
Next, using a black ink pen practice drawing wings, legs, a tail and eyes.
Last, add a little beak with an orange pencil.
Come up with your own style of chicks, or draw three tulips, three bunnies with a pink pencil, three Easter eggs, be creative!
When you are ready, cut out a 1 ¼ by 2 ½ inch piece of regular white paper.
Glue this onto the center of the 2 by 4 piece of spring themed paper already glued on the card.
Draw three baby chicks onto this white paper.  Don’t forget the wings, legs, tail and beak.
Use the practice for reference. 

Now you’re ready for the greeting on the inside the card.
Using Microsoft Word Doc (or your preferred program) type an Easter greeting, poem or salutation.  Add a border around the greetings to match the outside color on the card.

To do this, highlight the paragraph you want to have a border around, click on Format in Word Doc, then click on Borders and Shading.  Under borders heading, click “box” on the left hand side, click the desired width and color, click paragraph on the drop down menu on the bottom right, then click OK.

 Use Google to look up ideas for the greeting or make one up yourself. 

My Easter greeting reads:

Easter brings the best surprises,
Baby Chicks and buds in bloom.
It’s Easter time once again and
This hand-made card is to say,
Have a basketful of Springtime Smiles
And a Happy Easter Day!

Have the happiest of Easters,
And the Springiest of Springs

Don't forget to print or sign your name at the bottom before mailing the cards
My hand writing is atrocious, so I added my signature in the word doc.
Print one greeting for each card, then cut out and glue onto the inside of the card. 
To add a special touch, draw an additional little chick on the inside of the card.

Don’t forget to hand sign the card if you chose not to print your signature.

Now your Easter Cards are complete!

Don’t you agree the chicks are cute as a button?

Happy Easter and oh I'm so thankful it's finally Spring,


Anonymous said...

Very nice! What I like about Easter is that it’s about good overcoming evil, life overcoming death and that transformation is possible, even from negative things.
Frank King

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Yes I agree Frank, and it's also about life, birth, new beginnings! Everything is new and fresh again.

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Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Send me a photo of your finished cards, would love to see them! Thanks

Anonymous said...

Do you have any video of this craft? I'd love to find out more details or see it being made. Thanks

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

I usually do not take videos of my projects or crafts I'm making, although it seems to be all the craze. I may venture into videos, but for now I just do photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Hi Marshal
Glad you stopped by and thanks for the comment!