How to Print Thank you Notes Using Foam Trays
With the holidays approaching, make these easy thank you cards for your child to send after receiving a gift.
- Styrofoam meat trays
- Copy paper & Pencil for drawing ideas
- Dull pencil or chop stick
- Block printing ink ideal or *tempera paint
- Brayer or roller
- Baking tray (metal or glass) or flat plastic lid
- Paper or blank cards
- Large spoon
- Table covering or newspaper
- Damp rag
*If tempera paint is used, dish soap & flour may be required.
- Cut off edges of meat tray to create flat piece of foam
- Trace foam piece onto copy paper. Draw simple line picture. Stay inside drawn rectangle.
- Using a dull pencil or chop stick, copy drawing onto foam or place drawing on top of foam & trace lines with firm pressure Remember: All letters & numbers must be traced or drawn onto foam backwards
- For very young children skip first step & draw directly onto foam
- Double check all lines are deep, not shallow
- Add small amount of ink or *paint to tray & roll brayer over ink several times to create an even coating Tip: Keep damp towel near by to clean ink off fingers
- Roll brayer over foam several times in multiple directions until covered
- Flip over foam onto printing surface (paper or card) & press firmly
- Flip over paper & tray together & rub paper side with back of spoon
- Peel off paper and let dry
* If tempera paint is not thick & sticky, add small amount of dish soap & flour.
Cloud 9 Kid Connection:
Print making invites children to experiment with a new tool called a brayer. Children enjoy experimenting with new gadgets & the repetitive process of print making. Don’t expect clean & perfect prints with this process. Try printing over other drawings or paintings for varied effects.