Thursday, July 29, 2010

Splatter Cards

Craft found in "Better Homes and Gardens Christmas 1989" book


Construction paper or card stock
Acrylic paints
Tracing paper
Old toothbrushes (one for each color paint
pen or pencil
newspaper or brown kraft paper


Trace the patterns opposite onto paper. Cut out the shapes. Fold one 8 1/2 X 11-inch piece of construction paper in half widthwise for each card. lay the card on kraft paper or newspaper. Lay one of the patterns on top of the card. Dip a toothbrush into the paint. Tap the brush on the edge of the paint jar to get rid of the extra paint. Then hold the brush over the card with one hand and run the index finger your other hand through the bristles. Splatter all of the area not covered by the pattern. Let the paint dry before you try to pick a pattern piece off the card.

Personal Side Notes-These directions seem more complicated than the project really is. I just took a piece of card stock and cut it the same width as a regular card. Could get creative and use "crazy scissors" if you want. Then I took a piece of computer paper and anything that has a solid design that can be traced, like a cookie cutter, and I traced it onto the computer paper. Cut out the design and lightly tape it to the front of your card. Next splatter paint using the toothbrush all over the card (I even added glitter!)and carefully remove your trace cut out. You can choose to leave the open design, color it in, or write something in it. I thought it was cute!

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