Matisse started creating his wonderful paper cut out collages when he turned 70 and found scissors easier to handle than paint brushes. I decided to explore his concepts myself.


Here is my inspiration for the flower design. It is located in the newly renovated East Building of the National Gallery of Art.


This design appealed to me because of its simplicity of form and color.


You can do it too. Here are all the necessary supplies:


Nothing but scissors, blank greeting cards and adhesive-backed foam sheets. Not even any glue or pencils required! Can you imagine anything simpler?!


So now I’m happily making the world’s fastest homemade colorful, squishy Christmas cards! Please send photos of yours!



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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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