Print Your Own Artistic Mother’s Day Cards

A step-by-step tutorial for an easy card craft to celebrate any special occasion.

Our printed card!

My kids have been making their own greeting cards since they were small. Not only is it much cheaper than buying a card at the store, it’s a much nicer (and more personal!) way to show Mom you care. Besides, it’s art! Every kid should have the chance to get covered in paint every once in awhile. It’s like Brussels sprouts for the brain!

This card-making technique is very easy to do and only requires a few simple supplies.

What you’ll need:
• A recycled styrofoam meat tray that’s been washed in hot soapy water
• Paint
• Card stock
• Paintbrushes

Making the design on the trimmed styrofoam tray

1. Trim the tray. This project is much easier if the printing surface is perfectly flat.

2. Draw your design using a dull pencil or the wrong end of a thin paintbrush, pushing gently into the styrofoam. (Just remember that your final drawing will end up inverted, so if you’re incorporating any text you need to print it backwards!)

3. Using the paintbrush, spread a thin even layer of paint over your completed design.

4. Working quickly, lay a sheet of card stock over the painted design. Smooth it down.

5. Peel back to see your design.

Peeling back the paper

Each one of your prints will be a tiny bit different. Isn’t that cool?

You might need to do a couple practice rounds before you perfect the process. And depending on the size of your tray and your paper you may need to trim your card a little, but it’d be smart to let them dry first.

The other nice thing about this craft is that you can make as many cards as you want using the one tray. I think this could be an excellent way to make a batch of thank you cards, don’t you?

For another card-making project, check out these marbleized cards we made using shaving cream and food colouring.


Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at every Friday.

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