CHRISTMAS CRAFTS 1: Stick & Stamp Cards
Welcome to a new week here on DDoA! I bring you some simple crafting ideas that you can enjoy making this holiday season at home, in school and in your community.
We start with ‘Stick and Stamp Cards’ .
On a recent trip back to the Philippines, I did this Christmas card making workshop with a community of marginalized women. For security reasons, I cannot share the lovely images from our card making session. So please pardon the altered images.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- something to stick as ‘centrepiece’ (used christmas wrapping paper, nice image from a magazine, etc.)
- some rubber stamps with holiday greetings
- ink pads (preferably, green, red and black)
- white glue
- popsicle sticks (for spreading glue)
- A4 kraft paper, kraft paper envelopes (or you can make your own)
Old Christmas wrapping paper. REMEMBER: The bigger and rounder the design, the better. It will be easier for you to cut the image you want to use as centrepiece of your Christmas card.
Round centrepiece – cut from the sample Christmas wrapping paper
Other supplies you’ll need: rubber stamps, ink pads, glue, popsicle sticks,
and the most important of all – kraft paper sheets and envelopes
- Cut and fold kraft paper to fit envelope. Set aside.
- Cut your centrepiece from a magazine, old christmas wrapping paper or whatever image you can find from old paper packaging (tissue boxes and old Christmas cards can be a great source too)
- Glue on the centrepiece to your kraft card.
- Stamp Christmas greetings on your card. One or more greetings, it all depends on the look you’re going for.
And there you have it- your very own homemade Stick and Stamp Kraft Christmas card! All you have to do now is send it to someone you love!
We had this really long table to use as crafting table. The ladies all squeezed in, cut, glued and shared supplies. What a great way to experience a sense of community!
“Ok – so I’ve glued. Hmmm – what shall I do next????”
Here’s what the girls came up with. And of course, after making the cards,
we had a short “Show and Tell”. You will be surprised but a simple ‘artivity’ like this can be very emotional and even therapeutic for survivors of difficult situations like these women.
No two cards alike! Who’d have thought a simple stick & stamp session could bring out so much creativity…
I believe that card making or crafting in general is a great way to bring people together in a more relaxed setting.
So do… make homemade cards alongside other folks in your family or community. While making them, you’ll strengthen old ties or make new friends.