Heart Cards - with Dot Markers

These colourful cards are simple to make & a great way to explore colour mixing. To make them we used dot markers/easy painters (like these from Early Learning Centre) which are perfect for littlies to use. Minnie first made a card like this when she was 9 months, & the chunky dot markers were ideal for her to hold & manipulate.

To make them I cut a heart template from card & attached to a sheet of folded card using white-tack. You could use spraymount to obtain a neater finish, but we like the effect the white-tack produces with the rough, blended edges.

Dab the dot markers over the card & watch the colours blend together. The markers produce an effect similar to water colour paint, & are great for exploring colour recognition, & patterns. We also discovered the different results the markers produce when they are gently dabbed or banged onto the card! (The latter was M's preferred style!)

When the design is finished, set aside to dry, & then after an hour or so carefully remove the heart template.

The heart templates can be glued onto card to make more valentines. :-)

I can't help thinking of confetti when I see these prints, or a sunset.

These colourful Valentines are sure to bring a smile to someone special.

Click here to see what we did with the heart templates from this craft.

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  1. These are really gorgeous! I've been thinking of how the Hooligans can make homemade valentines cards, and this painting technique might just be the ticket!

  2. I got here from a link on twitter by Red Ted Art, and just wanted to say, they are just beautiful! Lovely idea!

  3. Absolutely beautiful!
    Love them!

  4. Love this! I'm pinning this and definitely doing this soon! We just did blotto valentine hearts!

  5. So cute and fun! Bingo anyone??

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. These are stunning! I think we need to try this, just so I can have one to hang on my wall! Well done.

  7. I just did this today with my preschool class. They LOVED it! :-)