|A gift from my daughter|
|Sibling day at school|
|An art project with my son|
- Teachers could help their young students make these as gifts for parents.
- Daddies could help kids surprise their mommy with one.
- Grandparents would love to get something like this from their small grandchildren.
- This would even be a meaningful romantic gift. It could be given with the message, “Your thumbprints will aways be on my heart!” (Wow, I just thought of that! Not bad!)
Framed Thumbprint Heart
You will need:
A picture frame (From the dollar store, or as costly as you prefer.)
Pink construction paper or pink cardstock
Red ink stamp-pad or washable red paint
- Lay a sheet of white paper beside an open and ready-to-use red stamp pad, where it can easily be reached. (OR: Spread a small dab of paint out on a disposable surface (cardboard or a plastic container lid would work) until it is fairly thin, but still a wet puddle of a larger diameter than the thumb.)
- Press your thumb (or guide your child’s thumb) onto the stamp pad or paint until the pad (inside area of thumb from first knuckle to tip) is well covered in red.
- Carefully press the inked/painted portion of the thumb onto the middle of the white paper, rotated left to form one half of the heart.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3, but this time angling the thumb to the right, with the bottom of the pad overlapping the first oval to roughly form a heart shape.
- While paint or ink is drying, draw or trace a heart onto the pink paper. Be sure this heart is somewhat bigger than the one you imprinted on the white paper, and that there is enough of a pink boundary left around it to fill in the square viewing area of your frame.
- Carefully puncture the center of the pink heart with your scissor tip, then slide the scissor blade into the hole and cut out the heart shape without disturbing the rest of the paper.
- Create a picture frame mat for the red thumbprint heart, by centering the pink heart cut-out shape directly on top of it. Using the glass from the frame as a template, center the layered heart shapes in the middle of it, and then draw a square around the glass.
- Carefully hold the papers securely together and cut them both,following the guideline of your square, so that the white paper and pink mat fit nicely in your frame. (It is best to do this step after you put the thumbprints on the paper, because then you don’t have to worry about creating them off-center.)
- Clean any smudges from the glass, and insert your artwork into the frame.
- Done! Be sure to write the date and the child’s name and age on the back of the frame!
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