Hello!  Today I would like to share some holiday cards that I did together with my children for my 1st holiday “Hug A Heart” cards drive for kids that will be spending time in the cardiac unit of Nationwide Children’s Hospital this Christmas week.  All supplies used for today’s cards will be linked at the end of the post.  
    First card is by my oldest daughter Catherine, a 3rd Grader.  Catherine had so much fun making this card using her own drawing of the penguin and candy canes.  How CUTE is that!  She dies cut the Taylored Expression Build a Scene-Rolling Hills and the Memory Box Pinpoint Snowflakes from white glitter cardstock.  She adhered the inner hill flat with double-side adhesive to the white A2 size card (4.25×5.50) but added depth to the outer hill with foam tape.  Next, she drew in her penguin and colored with colored pencils.  On a scrap of white cardstock, she drew two candy canes, colored, fussy cut and mount over the hills with foam tape.
    Next, she colored some of the snowflakes with blue and purple markers to give a little interest to the card.  Adhered them to the card base and finished off by adding falling snow and snowballs using the Nuvo Glitter Drop – Pearl White.  Catherine absolutely LOVED this Nuvo Glitter Drop!  It’s like working with glitter glue except it harden when dried.
    TIP for working with Nuvo Glitter Drop: To get a perfectly round sphere, make sure to squeeze the bottle straight down, then left straight up.  The liquid will even out as it dried.
    Card #2 is by Matthew and he’s in 1st Grader.   This card is all about working with dies cut. It is super easy, fun and great to do with little kids as it required very little adult supervision.   Matthew did all the dies cutting and stamping himself using the Taylored Expressions’ Wheely Great stamp & dies set,  Hero Arts Ombre Mermaid ink and IO Evergreen Trees dies.  I assisted him with aligning the car dies over the stamped image and trimming out a stripe of black cardstock for the road.  The rolling hill was created from a left-over scrap of a previous project.

    I love how he rubbed the stamp all over the ombre Mermaid ink to captured the ombre color onto the car image.  So cool!  But it took him several trials before he got this perfectly stamped car!  He  adhered the trees and hill with foam tape to the Robin Egg color base card.  Then adhere the black cardstock flat with double side adhesive.  I love his wiggly white dash line in the middle of the road which he did with the white Gelly pen.  Finally he adhered the car over with foam tape, wrote in “HELLO” across and ended with a smiley. LOL.  I love his little smiley.
    The next four cards I did with my youngest 3 1/2 years old daughter, Sofia.  We got messy and have fun doing finger-painting with acrylic paints.  Right onto the card base.  Super easy!
    Card #1: five little penguins on the top of a snowy hill.  I painted just the outside of her fingers in black and pressed down onto the card base. Next we spread snow writer around to create a nice little snowy hill with our fingers.  Allowed to dry.  Then I sealed the hill with a nice coat of the Nuvo Glitter Drop-Pearl White to prevent any of the snow writer to rub off the card.  Allow the card to completely dry for several hours.  Then, I went over the tummies with the Nuvo Glitter Drop-Pearl White and used the white Gelly pen to outline the tummies and gave each penguin a hat.  Then outline the hat with the black multi-liner and finished the card off by creating falling snow with the white Gelly pen.
    Card #2: Five Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, painting with Sofia’s thumb.  Once dried, I used Nuvo Glitter Drop – Rudy Slipper for the red nose, pipped antlers with Nuvo Glitter Drop – Golden Sunset and added eyes, smiles and falling snow with white Gelly pen.  To finished off, I guided Sofia’s hand and wrote out “Warm Hugs” while practicing saying and sounding our letters out along the way.

    Card #3: Reindeer on Kraft cardstock. Again, I guided Sofia’s hand to write out the word “Hugs.”  I really love this look of the white on Kraft that I made another one of this card for Sofia to keep as a keepsake of her thumbprints!  She proudly display it on her night stand.

    Final Card: the last reindeer finger-painting.  This one is on white glitter A2 card.   I finished off by stamping the sentiment “Warm Hugs” from the Power Poppy’s Nice Things To Say Midsummer Stunner clear stamp set onto the peppermint cardstock with VersaMark and heat embossed with Ranger’s Super Fine white embossing powder.  Then dies cut it out with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities Classic Circle.  This is the same sentiment I used on the bases of the 40 paper evergreen trees for the cardiac unit.

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