When Erin and Blair announced the Kids ATC Swap, I signed up immediately. On behalf of my children, of course. As Valentine’s Day approached, I remembered that crafting with my children stresses me out. It’s just that we often have divergent opinions about what the end result should look like. Ok, fine. I’m a bit of a control freak. Good Lord, what had I done?
It was another lesson in letting go. I gave them the cards, set out a small selection of new supplies and kept my distance. They loved the array of colors of the oil pastels. They had fun with the crayon resist technique. The Dong-A Creamy Crayons were a big hit. Unfortunately, they didn’t learn quickly enough that you should use a very light hand with those. The cards they made with those have a very thick layer of color. In fact, I’m still wiping up a trail of red from a chunk that adhered to someone’s sock. Good thing they are washable.
The results? Even I can’t argue with these:
Sarah isn’t old enough to participate in the swap, but she sure loved making her own cards.
I was able to keep my hands off the cards. At least until it was time to mail them.
I packaged them in glassine envelopes with a seal. The cards are 100% kid-made. The packaging is my little fingerprint. In case you are wondering, I didn’t let the kids put the stickers on. The stickers needed to be in the right place.
There are limits to my ability to let go.