Mother’s Day Cards – Making Prints

by Amy on May 4, 2009

Natalie and I had fun printing some simple and sweet Mother’s Day cards for all the grandmas and aunts. (I’m hoping she saves one for me, too!)


These were so easy and actually quite addicting. I’d like to sit down and make a whole stack myself! Here are the steps:


1. Make a frame using masking tape (or labels like me, if you are out of masking tape!). Make this an appropriate size for the cards you are printing. You could do this on a placemat, cookie sheet, or anything else you can wipe paint off of.

2. Paint a smooth layer of paint inside your frame. Foam brushes work great. We used basic washable tempera paint, some with glitter added.

3. Draw a simple design with a Q-tip – Natalie tried hearts, flowers, trees, and birds. Before making our prints, I wiped around the taped-off edge with a paper towel for a clean edge look.

4. Place your card face down and gently rub to make a good print. A grown-up’s hand is helpful to keep the card from slipping around.

Pulling up the card and checking out your print is the best — it never gets old! Wipe-off any leftover paint and start again.

Great for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, any occasion really! Bigger prints would look awesome framed on the wall, too….so many ideas!

Happy Print-making!



Betsy May 4, 2009 at 5:43 am

Oooo – love this idea! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks.

One Crafty Mumma May 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

oh gosh, they’re gorgeous. Such lovely paint colours too!

Rachel May 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm

What a fun project, I love this! I’ll be linking.

Inna May 4, 2009 at 2:30 pm

That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

katey May 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm

great idea! my kids will enjoy doing that:)

Kristin May 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Impressive, I’ve never seen anything like this and they are so great!!

Michelle May 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm

These look great! And no two are the same! Love it! Thanks for sharing, I’ll be trying this one. :-)

katy May 5, 2009 at 2:27 am

I LOVE this idea. So simple and it uses stuff we already have. Totally brilliant. Thank you!

jen May 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

beautiful!! yay :) ive been waiting for the perfect mother’s day gift idea!!

Callie May 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

I’d love to know where you got your little paint tray??? It’s so great! Thanks!

Megan May 7, 2009 at 6:05 am

What a fun and pretty card idea. I’ll have to try this with my kids. I love the look of your new blog, too.

Kayce May 7, 2009 at 7:10 am

I love this idea! I’ll definitely be doing this with the kids! Thank you!

Holly May 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

We did this today for my son’s teacher, and it turned out great. Thanks!

Tammy May 8, 2009 at 4:47 am

What a wonderful way to do block printing! This looks like a fun project for the kids and I this summer!

Tammy May 8, 2009 at 4:49 am

This looks like it would be a fun summer project. A wonderful way to do block printing!

Deb May 9, 2009 at 5:15 am

Thanks for this fun idea! My two little ones are very fond of paint and will just love trying out this project.

Stacia May 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm

We just did these with our 3 and 5 year old boys as a mother’s day activity. It was GREAT! I agree – - totally addicting. We are already planning our next session, the kids had so much fun. We ran out of watercolor paper (nice and thick) so started using some drawing paper, but they did curl up a bit – so I recommend getting LOTS of watercolor paper. And cutting up into 1/4 sheets so you can double your production. Also, make sure the paint is very thinly applied. Glops and thicker paint tended to mess up the picture when you patted the paper down onto the paint. Thanks for a great idea!

Michelle February 29, 2012 at 1:27 am

Great tips! Thx :)

Angie @ Many Little Blessings May 10, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Wow! This is fabulous! I might have to try this with my preschool co-op class next year!

allie May 18, 2009 at 6:55 am

This is a nice idea — we usually use boards and the children paint on them, but I love the effect of using the q tip to take some paint away. Thanks!

fatima February 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

tanks… beautiful…

Love and Lollipops August 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

We will be trying this one out for sure!Thanks for sharing!

Michelle February 29, 2012 at 1:29 am

Brilliant! I love the print block look of these–with no carving! Can’t wait to try :)

Dariela June 28, 2012 at 12:24 am

These are so pretty! They do look addicting! Thanks for sharing I will try them for sure!!

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