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Adding your child's art to your holiday cards

This post is from our friends at the Calgary based blog Kids in Cowtown. by Danielle

Do you find sometimes that your child's art would be perfect on a card but is just too big or too cumbersome to have them copy it 20+ times? I decided this year that I wanted our Christmas card to showcase some of my daughter's art. So I devised a way to do so.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 at home for photos so took advantage of the program to do my cards. There are several tutorials on the web if you google. I have kind of learned my way around the program in order to figure some things out. I am sure other programs work the same as well. I am also self-taught so there might be easier ways to do this.

Here's my list of supplies:

Cardstock paper (8.5X11 inches)

Blank cards & envelopes (I get mine from Michaels)

Eraser (optional for stamp)

Instructions (I have my full tutorial here):

Scan your child's art into the computer and create a layer so that you can draw over the image with a brush to copy it. Once you have that you can hide the original picture and resize the image to whichever size you wish and print it off on cardstock. Use a paper cutter to cut the sheet into a small image and glue or tape onto cards. Take an eraser and write a message such as "Art by (name)" and then with an X-acto knife cut around to make a stamp. Here's a great tutorial here. Use the stamp with ink pad and stamp message on back of cards for a personal touch!

Here's my finished product so if you're on my list this year please act surprised when you receive it!

Danielle is mom to a 3.5 year old daughter and 1.5 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs at Four Days Home.