Children under four should not use scissors,
and kids four through nine should use safety scissors.
the basic card
Create a basic card by folding a piece of construction paper in half, and then in half again. Don’t feel you have to stick with red and pink. Using non-traditional colors will make your card stand out.
a cool edge
Trim the edges of the card with decorative-edge scissors, which create an interesting edge as you cut. Designs include scallop, wave, ripple, and torn paper.
a cover image
Decide what you want on the cover. You can draw or paint something right on the card; create the design on a separate piece of paper; or use a personal photo, a picture from a magazine, or a king or queen of hearts from an old deck of cards.
Make your own craft paint by mixing three
parts glue to one part water and a few drops of food coloring.
If you’re transferring an image onto the cover, punch holes around the edges and lace a piece of ribbon or yarn through them, tying the ends into a bow at the top.
Glue a background on the cover, like a doily, a square of velvet, a piece of fabric, or some aluminum foil. Or, use one of those materials to create a border.
Use decoupage glue—it won’t leave
bumps the way regular glue can.
on the picture
Glue on your cover image, and add whatever embellishments you’d like: beads, candy hearts, stickers. Leave room for a greeting if you’d like.
Using a slim marker, write your cover greeting and a message inside. For a more professional look, use a stencil-alphabet kit.
Not feeling inspired? Find a poem online,
paste it into a document on your computer, format it in fancy
font, and glue it inside the card.
If the cards are going to classmates, make sure no one is left out.