“ Brand: ELC / Type: Craft Supplies „
Although more expensive than some other brands, these ten A3 sheets of Bright Creative Card have proved an invaluable resource during arts and crafts sessions with two year old Freddy. The card is a lovely thickness, rigid enough so that cards made from it will stand and yet still thin and flexible enough to be bent, rolled and folded. The card certainly lives up to it's bold title, the colours are vivid and the pigment does not bleed even when given a very liberal coating of glue or paint. The colours are, perhaps, a little limited, there are two sheets in each of five colours (yellow, blue, green, orange and red), personally I would have liked brown to have been in the mix, but there is still plenty of scope for various activities.
Freddy and I have used this card for many different craft projects and find it fits our needs perfectly. We have used the card to make various greeting cards, with me cutting a sheet into four pieces, folding it and then allowing Freddy to go mad with the glue and collage materials. I do find that the card folds better if scored, but the finished cards we have made are able to stand by themselves unlike those we have made out of cheaper card. We have also made collages, glueing all manner of bits and pieces onto a sheet of card. Unlike cheaper card we have used we find the glue sits nicely on the surface, with only a very small amount soaking into the card. This means that the card does not become overly wet, which is a very useful property when being used by a very enthusiastic mini artist such as Freddy. As well as glue we've also used both felt tips and paint on this card, and it copes well with both. Paint does not seem to be readily absorbed, meaning it does not soak through to the work surface or make the card too soggy to move, while felt tip ink does not fully soak through to the other side.
Another activity this card is perfect for is construction. Although it is slightly too thick to be cut with toddler scissors, it is easy enough to for an adult to cut with scissors and cuts very well with a craft knife. We used most of the green card to cut out leaves, with me helping Freddy to draw round leaves we had collected before I cut them out ready for Freddy to glue on a tree trunk we had made from bark rubbings. We have also made photo frames, where I have cut out the hole for the photo using a craft knife, and we even made stained glass ornaments in the run up to Christmas, where I created the lead part by cutting out two templates and then Freddy filled in the glass by glueing in tissue paper. The card is perfect for this type of activity as it is thick enough to make it easy to work with. It's also great for making party hats, crowns and even masks, as I said in this house it is an invaluable craft resource. Although Freddy is obviously too young to do it himself, it is also the perfect thickness for me to use for quilling.
With a standard retail price of £3.20 this card is far more expensive than budget brands, but it is of far better quality and at 32p a sheet still relatively good value. Personally I never pay full price for my ELC art and craft equipment, preferring to stock up whenever they hold one of their regular half price sales and therefore only paid £1.60 a pack. If asked which construction card I would recommend it would have to be ELC Bright Creative Card every time. It is simply the best construction card that I have used to date, reasonably priced and perfect for many different art and craft activities.
Stock up on bright coloured creative card to keep up with your child's creative talents. Includes 10 A3 sheets. Age range: 3 - 10 years.