Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thumbprint Art Cards

What could you do with colourful stamp pads and some creativity?

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Thumprint art cards! For my thumbprint art project, the result came in the form of mini Christmas cards.

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Thumbprint art is really fun and easy to do. They are great indoor activities for kids and I know that adults love doing them too. You could even make thumbprint Valentine's Day cards since Valentine's Day is round the corner.


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To sidetrack a little from my thumbprint craft...

I love making simple little Christmas cards for my co-workers. Instead of the standard-sized cards, I feel that mini cards are a lot cuter and take up lesser space on the noticeboards, leaving them with more space for other important notices at their work stations.

I'm not very good at craftwork so most of the time, my mini cards consist of my simple doodles coloured in with colour pencils or retractable crayons.


These are the farewell cards I made for my ex colleagues in 2011. The cover page consisted of their name in acrostic style with positive adjectives to describe each of them.

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The back was where I penned personal messages to them (hoping to touch them to tears with my sincerity... yeah right.)

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Though finger-breaking and sleep-robbing (due to last minute colouring and writing), the card is nothing spectacular at all. However, I know that most of them would display their cards up on their magnetic boards and I hope that seeing their names in acrostic positive adjectives every day would create positive energy in them and put a smile on their faces.


I make mini farewell and good luck cards for my graduating students as well. Some of them would keep the cards in their wallets for good luck during their PSLE.

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I do not pen personalized messages for my students but I would write a generic good luck poem, adding in my specially-for-students email address in the card for them to keep in contact.

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I would also add in a good luck crane in which they get to choose the colour that they like.

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For my advanced P6 class last year, I penned personalized message to them since it was just a small class of 6 students.

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Back to the topic of thumprint craft...

I thought of making cards for my co-workers last Christmas as despite being in the organization for only a few months, there were already so many people whom I wanted to pen Thank You notes to.

As compared to doodling and colouring, thumprint craft proved to save a lot of time and finger-breaking pain during the whole card making procedure.

You have to buy the right type of ink pads for thumbprint craft. You would need those that come in soft sponge and which ink isn't too pigmented as you would want your drawing to be visible on those prints.

The mini ones you see here are Faber Castell Fingerprinting ink pads. The sponge is soft and the ink runs slightly watery. It is solely for fingerprinting (you can't use it for rubber stamping). The bigger light pink one is from VersaFine which was purchased from an art shop some time back. The pad isn't soft at all. The ink is oil-based yet water-soluble. It has the opacity of a pigment ink, but offers the quick drying convenience of a dye ink. I bought it for rubber stamping from way before but it works very well for fingerprinting too. I really love how versatile this ink pad is as well as the sweet shade of pink.

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Prior to making my cards, I googled "thumbprint crafts for christmas" to draw inspirations from and before coming up with the final concept of the 4 little animals on the cover, I played around with many ideas in my drawing book.

I personally find it a good practice to do some rough work first before starting on the actual cards. It allows me to see the various ideas in my head. In the case of Christmas theme, some of the inspirations that I had gotten from various websites did not turn out according to what I had visualized in my mind's eye at all.

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Sometimes the same idea would turn out so differently as seen in the reindeer pair depending on how I print them (the amount of ink, the amount of pressure, the angle of my thumb, whether I use thumb or finger etc).

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Sometimes, some of the ideas did not turn out quite like thumbprints as seen in the socks theme. It turned out too simple.

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I had to also decide on the style of illustration I wanted. Having eyes as dots or having eyes with iris and sclera made a lot of difference to my characters. Also, the positioning of the features affected how my characters turned out.

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When I finally decided on the theme of 4 animals, I realized that sometimes some animals turned out cuter than the other depending on the initial size of the print and how I spaced the features. I also realized that I had to eliminate the dog as it was not distinguishable enough. The hubby could not figure out what animal it was (or maybe the hubby is isn't too bright).

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I found these 2 cats a lot cuter than the animals above. I used my fingers instead of thumb for them. The style of nose and positioning of ears made quite some difference.

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After practising enough, it was time to print on the actual cards. Remember to get some wet cotton pads ready for wiping the ink off the thumbs before going on to the next colour. I worked in a conveyor-belt method. I printed the body of the first animal all at once on the 30 cards, wiped my thumb and switched colour to print the second animal and so on. Last to be printed was the heart.

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The ink dried up pretty fast and very soon I was drawing in the features and making animal characters out of these oval prints.

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After drawing on so many cards, I began to discover that except for the pig, all the other animals looked just like seals when they were without their ears.

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Featured here is just a sixth of the entire number of cards I made that night.

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A packet of Marks & Spencer Mini Milk Choc Wafer Curls was the generic Christmas gift for each colleague in the department. Of course, the people in my branch as well as other colleagues who have rendered much help and guidance to me got more gifts on top of this.

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Have you ever created thumbprint art? What are some ideas that you came up with?

17 comments:

  1. Aw the pictures look so adorable. :)
    I've never done it before but I might give it a go :)

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  2. These are so cute Jo! I love your creations! I've never thought of doing thumbprint art but I'm inspired to take out my ink pads and having some fun now :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves
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  3. Aw Jo! That's so cute! I would definitely like a card like these, so personal and you put so much work into them :) I'm sure everyone you ever gave one of your personal cards to loved it. I especially love how you gave one to each of your students. Everyone should have a teacher who's this concerned with your well-being, even after graduation.

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  4. i think those are so neat! i especially love the ones with the little animals on them. the pig and reindeer are awesome jo! great projects my friend!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. The art work turned out very well-especially for someone who says she's not very crafty!

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  6. Heyyo~ I'm back again xP

    This is by far the most colourful post I've seen.

    Got some news too, I may drop by singapore sometime in june/july :D
    got any places to eat that you can recommend?

    I have family over there but it appears your life styles are quite different!

    How long did it take you to do these cards by the way? I wouldn't really do thumbprint art or anything that requires to dirty my hands... I'm kind of a clean freak Dx

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  7. Wow! You are very creative =)
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  8. Thanks for your comment about my lashes! You can get them too, they're just the ardel.. 319? or 139.. one or the other :) I thought they look really "out there" at first but it turned out okay!

    Those cards are sooo cute! Did it take long? Love those pencil like lines too! Just followed you as well.

    Grace
    www.ouihui.blogspot.com

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  9. london's beauty,

    I hope you find it fun to do!


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    Rowena,

    I hope you try your hand at it too. Remember to share your art on your blog or something should you get down to doing it. =)


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    Bibi,

    I’m smiling to myself as I read your comment through my email on my phone a few days back. I really do hope the recipients of my cards love them too. Usually the adults would squeal and comment but the kids would just receive them like it is the most normal thing in the world. I sometimes had to tease them jokingly that I do not even receive a word of “Thank you” from them. Of course, I could see the joy and gratitude in some of the kids’ eyes. They were probably just too shy to express.


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    Kim,

    The pig is copyrighted by me. Haha... But I stole the reindeer idea from the Internet.


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    Ms Dainty Doll,

    Thank you.


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    Rick,

    I really am not a “crafty” person. I don’t measure and cut my papers and cards into standard sizes and some the cards’ edges are not straight. I’m happy though that the end product look cute and decent. Wait, or do you mean I am CRAFTY as in sly? Hahaha


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    Pui,

    You are back soon this time! I took a few hours to finish the printing and drawing and the whole night to write the little notes in. Haha... I didn’t know you are a clean freak.

    Yay for you coming to Singapore! When you say family, do you mean immediate family or relatives? Ooh... I’m so curious to know how are our lives different? What kinda food/ cuisine do you mean exactly? All the local delicacies? Coz Singapore is such a melting pot of food that I wouldn’t know how to begin recommending unless you give me a direction. =)


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    Diva In Me,

    Thank you. =)


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    Sakuranko,

    Thank you. =)


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    Grace,

    I took a few hours to finish the printing and drawing and the whole night to write the little notes in. I have some problem following people who use their google instead of blogger account but I’m glad I managed to follow your blog finally.

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  10. Great pictures and nice to hear from you again ^^ and haha my cat, her name is Pipsa :3

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  11. No it's fine ^^ doesn't bother me haha~

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  12. aww i didnt know it was handmade. that's super sweet and very creative of you!

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  13. This is SO cute! I'm going to start making my Valentine cards now! thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. Cindee,

    Yes it is! Hehehe... Does it mean it is a compliment coz you weren't able to see it? Nah, I can't be as creative as you.

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    My-My,

    Hehe... I hope you managed to play around with the various art you could create with the thumbprints.

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