Colorful Textured Cards


Create cool textured designs with rubbing plates that you made yourself. Then create one-of-a-kind textured cards with Crayola® Color Sticks that you can use for any occasion.


1. MAKE RUBBING PLATES For younger children, this step can be completed by an adult ahead of time.

2. Use Crayola Scissors to cut several pieces of poster board into medium-size pieces about 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm).

3. Use a Crayola Color Stick to write a word and draw patterns onto the pieces of poster board. Trace over what you have written and drawn with Crayola School Glue and air-dry completely overnight.

4. When dry, have students feel the textured surface they created with their fingertips.

5. MAKE CARDS Choose a card size. To make a large card, fold a piece of construction paper in half. To make a smaller card, cut a piece of construction paper in half and then fold it in half.

6. MAKE TEXTURED DESIGNS Draw a background on the card using the flat side of a Color Stick. Create movement in the design by making swirls and combining colors. Choose a rubbing plate word or design. Place the card on top of the rubbing plate and use the flat side of a Color Stick to rub over the card until the word or design appears. Use more than one Color Stick while rubbing to make special effects.

7. MAKE COLLAGE CARDS Choose a rubbing plate design. Place a piece of construction paper on top of the rubbing plate and use the flat side of a Color Stick to rub over the card until the word or design appears. Use more than one Color Stick while rubbing to make special effects. Fill several sheets with different rubbings made with a variety of colors.

8. Tear or cut the textured designs and arrange them on a card. Use your imagination to create stripes, flowers, hearts or a mosaic-like design on the card. Attach the textured pieces with School Glue and an arts & crafts brush. Air-dry the glue completely.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students create a ripped paper collage on a tile or thick piece of cardboard.
  • Students research and identify the basic elements of art: line, color, shape, and texture and incorporate some or all of these elements into their composition.
  • Assessment: Children create rubbing plates and produce textured designs. Students create cards and with messages that are spelled properly.

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crayola supplies
  • Arts & Crafts Brushes
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils
household supplies
  • posterboard



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students understand texture as an element of art. Texture rubbings give the illusion of texture in a composition.

  • Students recognize and create abstract art using texture rubbing technique.

  • Students understand the origins of collage art.


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