We like to do handmade Christmas cards for the teachers, etc. during the season and apparently we’ve hit on a tree theme that we just can’t shake.
This year we had a lot of fun “finger painting”…but not in typical sense of the craft.
I made a simple tree graphic and printed it out on Recollections 5″ x 6.5″ white blank cards (found at our local Michaels). We then we pulled out our fingerprint ink pad (from Lakeshore) and went to town.
It was so much fun to see what the boys came up with. There is really no way you can go wrong. Little O did one with a lot of brown and I was worried it would look a little muddy but it ended up looking beautiful to me. I love how they sort of end up looking like a medley of out-of-focus Christmas lights.
And Jon couldn’t help but get in on the fun as well which thrilled the boys.
But Little A was the one who really went to town on this. He had a handful of friends from our old haunt, So. Pas, that he wanted to make cards for.
He got really into it and I love that he can write his own cards now. It’s very empowing for him and so fulfilling for me to see. My favorite was when he desperately wanted to send one to a particular little girl. He was very serious about this and wanted me to make sure she gets it. I told him I would.

This made him very happy.

If you are interested in doing a few of these cards yourself (you’ll get hooked if you do!) then you can download a temple of the simple tree design by clicking here.

Happy finger printing!



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    December 5, 2011

    Oh my gosh what a great way to get kids involved in the Christmas card making! Such a fun idea!

    – Sarah

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    December 5, 2011

    i love how these turned out. thanks for the printable too!

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    Cheryl Arkison

    December 5, 2011

    My girls would really get behind this idea!

    I could see lots of ideas….

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    Cheryl Arkison

    December 5, 2011

    My girls would really get behind this idea!

    I could see lots of ideas….

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    December 5, 2011

    I want to be you when I grow up (in like a year?) these are too cute! xo

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    December 6, 2011

    Such a precious idea! I love it! 🙂

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    December 8, 2011

    I appreciate your way to get kids into Christmas celebration..:)

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    Ada's Decoration Inspiration

    December 8, 2011

    What a GREAT (fun!) card design idea.

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    December 8, 2011

    Cool, we have printed some out and are painting as I type!

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    o charm

    December 11, 2011

    OH so cute!!!!

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    Amy - while wearing heels

    December 17, 2011

    Thanks for the printable. The graphic is perfect. I can’t wait to print a few out and get to crafting. Thanks!

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    December 18, 2011

    Wow, those turned out so beautiful! I love the modern simplicity of them. I saw these on Pinterest and had to let you know I have a homemade Christmas card linky up here:
    I would really love to see these cards linked up so I can share them with my readers.
    I’m excited to have found your blog!
    ~Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art

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    December 29, 2011

    We were lucky to get one of these original cards….definetly a keeper! 🙂 Mary

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    More Like June

    June 5, 2012

    Love love love! I hope I remember this when Christmas comes around again. I’ve got two wee ones with tiny fingers perfect to help on this.

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    October 10, 2012

    Like the you have special Gift Card envelopes for Christmas to share.

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    November 8, 2012

    The graphic seems to have disappeared! Is it just me?

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    Millard Family

    November 28, 2012

    Cant find the download???

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      December 1, 2012

      Hi! The link to the download is now updated and should be working. Thanks.


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    December 3, 2012

    great idea 😉


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