People always enjoy receiving a handmade greeting card for any occasion. So, why go out to the store and pay up to twenty dollars for a card that won't make the person receiving it as happy as they would be if the card was homemade?
This article is to encourage creativity and my mission is to promote cardmaking and to spread the joy of giving and receiving a handmade card.
- Buy some materials at the store to start off with when making cards. Start off with a few punches, rubber stamps and cardstock/colour papers. Although, recycling things around the house such as buttons, ribbon, old belts, etc. also look great when properly attached to cards.
- Sit down at a comfortable desk or an area that is clean yet comfortable to begin making greeting cards. Music can be played if desired, but a good lighting is also very important
- Take out a blank card, or fold a piece of paper in half.
- Use the store-bought and/or recycled decorations to make the card.
- Put your signature on the back of the card just made so that the person it is being given to knows who made it.
- Place the card in an envelopes that fits the size of the card. Depending on where the card is going, place a stamp in the upper right hand corner and continue punctuating the envelope properly. If you like you can even decorate the outer part of the envelope
- Try using a quality white craft glue like Amos or Halo brand instead of a glue bottle or glue stick so the items put on the cards won't wrinkle.
- Using a paper cutter like Carl paper trimmer to make edges straight and is worth the money! Your card will look more neat and profesional.
- Purchase some cardmaking books/ magazines for inspiration an ideas . Or attend a cardmaking lesson for some basics and knowledge. Look out for my class schedules. I conduct punch class lessons to help you kick start this hobby.
- One of the most important element in cardmaking is colour coordination. Do not use bright colors when making symphony cards, and don't make cards too dark for birthday cards. In other words, make sure the decorations and color of the card matches what the card is being given for. Invest in a colour wheel for guidance
- Make sure the message written on the inside is heartfelt. Try to make it unique, meaningful and personalized.
- Take your time all the time! Happy Crafting!
- If you really don't have the time then contact me to create a simply beautiful card for the person you have in mind to bless.
- Don't use the rubber cement glue too much or else the smell of it could cause damage.
- Punches may get hard to compress due to the designs and delicate blades. If needed use a punch aid to help punching . (Carl's Mega Punch Aid)
- Be careful with scissors and the paper cutter. If children below 10 years please have an adult supervision.
Things You'll Need
- White Craft Glue (Amos or Halo)
- Scissors or paper cutter , paper punches (Carl's Products), rubber stamps and ink pads(HeroArts, Penny Black, Making Memories, All Night Media.....etc)
- Paper or blank cardstock in a variety of colours
- Matching Envelopes
- Small decorations/embellishments to put on the card such as glitter, gel pens, fancy ribbons, stickers, brads, buttons......etc
- Pen or pencil , waterbase colouring pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, heat gun, stencils.....etc
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