Last year, I came across a tutorial on Grosgrain, for super cute home-made Valentine's Day cards.* At the time, it was too late to make them for Rowan's kindergarten class celebration (we'd already assembled the store-bought cards that he'd picked out earlier) but I made a mental note of it, and this year, we made our own for both his class and then Kate wanted some too, so we made a few more for relatives. It was a pretty simple process - here's what we did:
1. Have your subject stand for a photo, with his/her arm extended, and the hand in an "O" position - finger tips touching the thumb, as though holding onto a walking stick. Take the photo and print. I used Adobe InDesign to add in some text (see below). EDIT: I should note that I printed these photos directly onto card stock, so while they didn't have the print quality that might be expected from printing onto photo paper, they were vastly cheaper, and faster to make. Also, Rowan wrote the names of his classmates onto the backs of the card, himself.
2. Once the photo is printed, take your exacto knife, and make an incision (about 1/3" long) above the subject's hand, and a similar one beneath the hand.
3. Insert a lollipop's stick "through" the hand, by sliding it behind the hand, through the two incisions.
4. Pull the lollipop all the way through. You're done!
Wishing you all a wonderful and happy Valentine's Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Carol and Kathryn
*Original Grosgrain tutorial here.