High Five on the Holidays!

By OrangeShooze | Dec 6, 2008

I’d been saving this holiday card idea for whenever my husband and I became parents…

(handprint holiday card)

(it's a tree...see it? *grin*)

I started with an actual print of our son’s hand on some paper. I used a non-toxic acrylic paint — a Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber in Citrus, to be specific. It worked out best to pour a little paint into a paper plate then dip his hand into it. After the impression air-dried, I scanned it, added the text/trunk/star in Photoshop Elements, then simply ordered the number of prints I needed. Because… getting a single and  clean handprint from a one-year-old… really really NOT easy, LOL! After several failed attempts, I waited until he was conked out asleep to get a print I could actually use. Maybe it’ll become less of a challenge as he gets older. Ideally, I’d like to repeat this every year for the next decade or so. Family and friends will be able to watch these imprints grow a little bigger each year.¹ And it’ll be a fun way to include him in the tradition of mailing cards at Christmas time. I love that this idea is personal yet easily mass-produced with the help of a scanner and online photo developing.

Share your own handmade holiday card ideas in the ScrapVillage Museum! There’s a snazzy new message board blinkie in it for ya… *wink*


¹ I scanned his handprint at 300dpi so that it could be developed at actual size and made sure to include an age/date. For now, an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock divided four ways was more than enough space to mat his handprint on red paper. I figure we’ll eventually need to go with a larger card or switch to a folded style. Especially if — in the future — another tree or two happens to pop up in the forest…

2 Comments so far
  1. Tana December 6, 2008 12:40 pm

    oh my goodness Leah, that is just adorable!! And you’re going to do it every year? WOW!!!

  2. erin yamabe December 6, 2008 3:11 pm

    i LOVE this idea, so so stinkin cute!

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