I am old school when it comes to saying that you. We might not always send Christmas cards, but we do send thank you cards. This year we have been working on a simple kid made thank you card that is great for kids of all ages and uses a resist technique.
Depending on the age of your child you could do the words for them and even assemble the cards. Now my boys are older they can do these pretty much all on their own and we decided to try using an art masking liquid in addition to using wax crayons as we have done previously.
How to make a Wax Relief Kid Made Thank You Card
- Cards (UK Link/US Link)
- Watercolour paper (UK Link/US Link)
- Watercolour paints (UK Link/US Link)
- Paintbrushes (UK Link/US Link)
- White wax crayon or art masking liquid (UK Link/US Link)
- Coloured cardstock
- Double sided tape or glue
Instructions to make a thank you card:
Firstly we wrote our message on the watercolour paper with either a white wax crayon or painted it with our art masking liquid. If you are using the liquid you need to let it dry before moving on to the next step. I like using watercolour paper as it is more absorbent and works better with the paints, plus it isn’t that expensive. I believe that if you provide the best quality products for your children and instill in them what to use each for that they get a great experience.
Now you can cover your message with watercolour paint. We love using water brushes with our watercolour pans as they eliminate the need to have a water container and you can also use them to get different effects. The boys decided to experiment with the paint colours and we have stips of colours, block colour and simple washes.
You then need to allow your paint to dry completely. If you are using wax crayon the children will see the words magically appear.
Once the paint has dried you can gently rub the masking liquid and it just comes off.
We then cut out our painted thank yous and layered them on to white cards with a coloured card background using double sided tape.
These are so simple to do and can easily be adapted for birthdays, christmas or valentines day and for kids of all ages.
Do your children send thank you cards? I know that I would be delighted to receive a kid made thank you card.
If you liked these then take a look at our previous years kid made thank you cards:
Fingerprint Robin thank you cards
Fingerprint monster thank you cards
Love this idea and love the video 🙂 Also, i love that brush that filled with water! My eldest daugher loves using water colours and this would be perfect to help her 🙂
Wow what a great method that is really effective. We really do need to get on with our thank you cards and my two would find this lots of fun! x
Such a great idea. We have yet to do the thank you cards so may have to borrow this idea x
These are really effective – and look fun to do too. I’m all for thank you kids – I always think it’s right that kids should realise that it’s just good manors to reply to those who were thoughtful enough to give them presents. And I’m sure these would go down extremely well.
What a great idea – have shared over on Primary Times Essex too!
Lovely idea for thank you cards. We are finally sitting down to do ours tomorrow.
My Three year old is not yet a writer but is a dab hand at smiley faces! x
what a good idea for thank you cards, although I’m long past remembering who got what now!! bad parent!!
These look fab, we always make homemade thank you cards too and I would love to give these ones a try.
Wow, this is a blast from the past – I haven’t done this since I was a child!
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This takes me back! I remember doing a wax and paint method of crafts when I was a kid! Great tutorial!
Love these – Eliza got some blow pens for Xmas and I wonder if these will have a similar affect
Kara, they would love ace with blow pens. We love them too
That’s a great, easy idea 🙂 I’m also old school with thank you cards, always make my daughter send them after birthdays and Christmas.
They look really cool, and simple enough to make but also lots of fun x
These are a lovely colourful idea – thank you cards are so important.
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