We love to make cards using shaving cream. In the past, we made end of the year teacher cards using shaving cream. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I have had lots of Valentine ideas bouncing around my head. I decided we should make cards for my kids classmates. I admit in the past I have bought those little Valentine cards that have a kitten or cartoon on them and called it a day. But I am the Mess For Less lady. The least I can do is make cards.
You will need:
- Shaving cream
- Red food coloring
- Popsicle stick
- Red construction paper
- White card stock
The first thing you need to do is to decide what size card you want to make. Since these were for kids, I wanted something fairly small. I cut the white card stock to a 5" x 6.5" size and for the finished card, I folded that in half.
Cut out some hearts from the red constuction paper. You will need 1 heart for each card you are making.
Squirt some shaving cream onto a tray and add a few squirts of red food coloring on it.
Provide your child with the tray and a Popsicle stick and have them swirl the color around. Make sure they don't mix the red in completely or the cards won't have the marbled effect.
Next, have your child press down the card stock onto the colored shaving cream and then carefully lift it up.
This is where it gets pretty messy and where you take over. When your child lifts the shaving cream covered paper, you can place it on a paper towel and use a Popsicle stick to remove the shaving cream from the card stock.
You will be using the Popsicle stick like a scraper and scraping off the shaving cream. When you do this, the pretty marbling effect is revealed.
When you have taken off all the excess shaving cream, put the cards out on a table to dry. They will feel dry to the touch already, so you only need to leave them out for an hour or so. Then, gather up all the cards and place them under a heavy book so they will not curl.
While this is going on, you can have your children decorate the construction paper hearts you cut out earlier. Have them brush some glue on the hearts and them sprinkle glitter on them. We used red glitter, but you can use whatever color you'd like.
When the hearts and card stock have dried, fold the card stock in half and glue the glitter heart to the center.
Then you will have these adorable handmade cards that your child can write out to their classmates.
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