Valentine's Day is creeping up. I so very much wanted to avoid the last minute card making that has gone on here the last few years. When we wait until the last minute, no one has fun and sometimes we end up with a child in tears. Adam's handwriting has become so much better over the course of first grade, but he often tells me that writing is SO much work and that it tires him out. Therefore, my plan is to make the cards one day, and then spend the next few writing the names on them. Miriam has a different problem when it comes to waiting until the last minute. She fiddles around trying to figure out what she wants the card to look like, and then comes up with some complicated crafting that just can't be accomplished in the time left.
So, yesterday afternoon we made the cards. I convinced them both that making prints would be fun, and also allow them to easily make as many cards as they wanted. They both drew a design after a little chat about positive and negative space (of course Miriam drew oodles of ideas before she settled on one, fretting all the while whether it was the best one). I love that Adam's design is in positive space, Miriam's in negative. Then, I transferred the design onto a Speedball brand "Speedy Cut" rubber block. We then cut out the designs with a linoleum carving set. The rubber blocks are so easy to cut that Miriam did some of the carving without any problems. I had several colors of block printing ink on hand, so we all had fun choosing paper and ink combinations.
What you see in the photos are just a few of the dozens of cards we ended up printing. And we still have three days left to write out the names!