12 February 2009

footprint valentines

the boy and i did a little project together. and i can only hope it's the first of many. he was chuckling every time i painted his foot for another print. i love how each footprint came out uniquely different. each card is a one of a kind print. there is nothing as sweet as little baby feet.




valentine prints diy
01. non-toxic washable paint set.
02. fine bristled paint brush.
03. art pad, i like thick paper made for watercolors.
04. baby wipes for quick clean up.

i painted & stamped benji's little footprint repeatedly on one piece of large art paper which was a speedy and efficient process, a must for having a wiggly wee one as your sidekick. then i cleaned him up and let him loose. i let the prints dry and used a paper cutter to cut them into cards. i added a simple message on each. it was fun to make valentines together, starting a tradition long before the days he and i are standing side by side in the supermarket choosing between thomas the tank engine and batman.

37 comments:

amber of TheAmberShow said...

Oh, these make me so happy! How sweet!

Krista said...

i love this idea!

EliseBlaha said...

oh my! i love it.
how perfect.
happy valentine's day!

{natalie} said...

marta, those are adorable. his foot is so little. i love them! good work. :)

ellen said...

You are the coolest mom!

Erin said...

I'm glad it worked for you. We tried to do Hannah's hand-print on her cards for family home evening and she wasn't having it. She screamed having the paint on her hands. Jimmy suggested the foot, but I thought she was a little too old.

Oh well, it was the effort right?

Kristen M. Hansen said...

What a sweeeeet idea! You never cease to amaze me with your instinct and creativity.

20-Something Superhero said...

Oh my!! These were fantastically cute. I want my own little one right now, so I can send these out!! You bet that as soon as I have a baby, I will be sending these bad boys out to all our family!! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!

Laura said...

love it - these make me more baby hungry than i already am :) so glad to see we are blogging buddies now. and whit is your cousin?? i love her. what a great family. you are so talented and such an inspiration...xoxo

mefi said...

lovely

Sarah said...

fantastic idea! i am SO borrowing it! thanks marta!

LKV said...

ohh these are adorable!! I am so sorry I am just seeing this now, I would have loved to do something similar with my 6 mo. old before I sent out all my store-bought cards today. You are so creative!

Lisa said...

Those are adorable. I'm going to try to make some with baby V. I love, love, love them.

southern daze said...

What a fantastic idea (and so unique!) I don't have any babies around or I'd so be doing this. You truly are one of my best sources for inspiration :-)

KJ said...

I should be so ambitious a mommy.

wunderbug said...

these are sooo cute! it's adorable how, because the paper size is actually small, his footprints look kind of big..

.. or it could just be because it's online and i've no context for size.

either way, what a great idea!

Dansie Family said...

cute idea! think porter would like to make those for his classmates? i've left valentines to the last minute and it is rainy, so his classmates are getting homemade and yogos because it's what we've got. maybe he'll go for the footprints or maybe we'll just do the heart people we did last year.

eRiCa said...

Love this post! What a great idea! I have filed this away for the future. Super rad!

Abby said...

I'm so impressed you got his feet so still. I tried this last year for Father's Day and Jake was so wiggly his feet don't look near as good. Maybe I'll try it again this year! What a great idea.

jess said...

A-DORABLE. not that i'm surprised...

Emily said...

These are so, so sweet! I think this will be something you'll treasure forever, as will your mom, grandma, sisters...everyone who is lucky enough to receive one!

~j. said...

Brilliant! You are so inspiring.

gem said...

what a sweet project/valentine...
warmly,
gem

Erica said...

I just bought paint at the store yesterday to do this! Oh my, great minds think alike. I bought black, but really really like the look of the RED! - I might have to run back for an exchange.

Annie Pazoo said...

What a darling idea for a Valentine's card! You're right that there is nothing sweeter than babies' feet :-)

Holly O. said...

That is basically the cutest thing EVER!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh my! What a wonderful keepsake! I just love this, I'll be linking.

brooke said...

Benji's baby feet are so darling. When my 5 year old was a baby my husband started a tradition of giving me two cards for every birthday or Mother's Day--one from him and one from the baby. On the baby's card, he outlined the baby's hand with his age and a short message. I treasure those cards. I love this idea for Valentines cards too.

Petit Elefant said...

Oh Marta, I did that for my daughter's first valentine's. that brings back so many memories. so sweet.

Diana Hulme said...

how very precious. :)

summer said...

this is an amazing idea- they all look so neat & crisp & perfect!
what a cutie mom you are.
i can't wait to do fun things with a little sidekick someday!

Holly said...

I love this!! So sweet. A valentine that surely will not be tossed after February.

Peterson Party said...

Great idea. I do the same thing with my children's handprints (for my 2.5 year old) and footprints (for my 3.5 month old) for their thank you cards. It's always a big hit!

One Love Photo said...

what a CUTE idea!!!!

Liz said...

Very cute. If you position both feet just right, you could make a heart out of them, too.

Johanna said...

our version...inspired by you!

http://johanna-birdsonawire.blogspot.com/2010/02/lovey-dovey-weekend.html

thanks for the awesome idea! xox

sarah said...

ah!!! what a precious idea.

once again, i love love love your handwriting. do you offer calligraphy services in addition to all of your paper and print goodness?

okay. i am leaving your site now... for fear you find me a creeper!

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