Make Your Own Card Game from Khali Whatley

January 24, 2011

Note from Design Mom: While I’m busy with the move to France, I’ve got a crew of talented Guest Moms filling in for me. Enjoy!

My first featured guest is Khali Whatley who writes the inspirational blog Little Lovely where she shares lovely ideas for little people. She regularly posts ingenious DIY projects like these scratch Valentine cards and this kid’s castle made from recycled materials. I’m delighted that she created this sweet game with my kids (and the long plane ride!) in mind.

Keeping six children entertained on a flight from the USA to France is bound to be challenging, so I made a game for the Blair children to play in transit. It’s the traditional card game snap, with a twist – it features English and French words that must be matched in order to win. Oui. Yes. Snap!

1) First I cut oversized playing cards from sheets of thick paper. Then, I wrote corresponding French and English words and painted them with watercolour. I colour co-ordinated the word pairs to make the game easier for the younger Blair children.

2) Next, I outlined the words using a thick pen, to make them easier to see.

3) For the reverse of the cards, I created a stamp by drawing a picture in pencil onto a sheet of linoleum. The illustration (of watercress) was inspired by the name of the house where the Blairs will stay, La Cressonniere.

4) Then, I cut out the watercress stamp using linoleum carving tools.

5) Before stamping the reverse of the playing cards I painted a shape with watercolours that was roughly that of the stamp. Once dry, I stamped over the top in a darker shade of green. I did this process quickly to give each card a unique finish.

6) After the paint was dry, I personalised the playing cards by writing ‘Famille Blair’ underneath the watercress image.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pamela January 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

so creative, so fun.


2 Ashlea Walter January 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

lovely idea. The watercress print is delightful!


3 the sleepy time gal January 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

good luck with the packing and mental preparation. you can do this!!!!!!!


4 alejandra January 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I love it! the options are unlimited, we just might have to do that for FHE, thanks for sharing!


5 bdaiss January 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

How fun! And perfect for a plane ride. Love the water color and ink. Beautifully made.


6 Katherine in Paris January 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I start panicking thinking about a plane ride with two children let alone six! Lovely game for the kids.


7 Holly January 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Darling idea!

Can’t wait to see what you sharing from France!


8 Jessica January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Holy crap, that’s beautiful.


9 Kim Grustas January 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This is such an awesome idea! I can’t wait to try this one out!


10 Lisa Jones January 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh so pretty! :) What a fun idea.


11 heather primak January 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

what a great idea. I’m getting ready to take my wee one on a flight to Vegas, this could come in handy!



12 Nelly January 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

this is great! I am always looking for ideas of how to include our second language in things. thanks


13 Jill V. January 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I love DIY games or puzzles! Great idea I must try for my three.


14 Polly January 25, 2011 at 5:33 am

Amazing. I’m not crafty, so what I admire the most is the energy it seems to take to make stuff like this. Perhaps you can showcase that part:) . . . “how I get energy.” I could use some:)!


15 Deborah January 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

Oh my, I am getting goosebumps for you about this trip to France. So exciting! I know you are swamped with details this week, so just take a deep breath every so often and relish it!


16 Lindsay January 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

What a gorgeous technique! Charmingly simple and beautiful.


17 jasmine February 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

thank im doing this thing for my school wordmasters thnx


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