Card Making

Card making is a great way to make someone feel special.

"The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne,
the' assay so hard, so sharp the conqueryinge"
~Geoffrey Chaucer circa 1342 - 1400

How do you feel when someone gives you a homemade card? I know I always feel touched that they have taken the time and made the effort to create something unique and heartfelt for me.It may not take a lifetime to learn this craft, but the more time you spend on it, the better you will like the results. And beginner cards are just as heartfelt as advanced ones, so never be afraid to start!

Wouldn't it be good for you to have the chance to make others feel appreciated? Scroll down to find out how.

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You can make your own cards at home with your scrapbooking supplies. You can also use rubber stamps to embellish your card making in almost infinite ways.

You can purchase quality supplies from Stampin' Up! to enable you to do this. Check out my ordering site if you live in Australia to see what is available from Stampin' Up! for stamping and papercrafting supplies or tools.

The first site I found that illustrated literally hundreds of different stamping techniques was SplitCoastStampers. I still go there to browse member's cards for new ideas and technique tips. It's a very friendly community.

I made the 'Happy Everything' card shown above with a few basic supplies and some sponge daubers. Sponge daubers are little cylinders of plastic or wood that are tipped with a dome of sponge. You can press them into an ink pad to pick up some ink, then apply them to your paper to define the edges or to help you make a scene or background. Make sure you rinse your sponge daubers well before changing ink colours, or do as I do and have one for each colour.

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Here's how I made the 'Happy Everything' card shown above:

  • I used a pink coloured cardstock as a base and
  • Versamark ink to stamp the pattern on the background and
  • two different coloured papers to mount the main image on and
  • a Stampin' Up! stamp to make the flower from the set 'Greetings Galore' (retired). The image is stamped on glossy white cardstock with black Stazon ink. Then it is coloured in with chalk pastels and a blender pen. The background has been sponge-spotted yellow with a sponge dauber
  • last I speckled the image with more ink to give it a random and completed look.

Here are some other Card Making Ideas:

Make a Banner Card to shout out your congratulations or another message to someone

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  • Cardmaking using Brayered Landscapes is a lot of fun and the results may surprise you!
  • Colour Ribbons to exactly match your projects
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  • Make your own Papercraft Bears or Papercraft Ladies
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  • Try some Big Shot embossed effects to enrich your card making techniques in various ways. I show you how with a series of cupcake cards.
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  • Add some Black Magic to your papercraft repertoire, for drama and impact with a little bit of nostalgia thrown in
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  • Try a buckle card as a lovely variation of the gate fold technique

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    Make some Card Spinners, interactive elements on a card that actually spin.

    Try some Easel Cards and use one of your favourite photos to show it off

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    Working with Chalks can be so soft and subtle

    Crayon Resist Technique is a fun way to make an impressive card quickly

    Dry Embossing adds texture and depth

    Heat Embossing makes things pop!

    Make a faux flannel blanket using glossy card stock and reinkers and a Big Shot embossing folder

  • Here's how I made the small Faux Metal heart shown below
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    And here's how to make a faux metal motorbike using a larger rubber stamp

    Try taking a nice Get Well Card with you to visit a sick friend

    Glitter Embossing is just so, well, glitzy!

    Faux Silk can add elegance and texture too

    Make soft papers to use in your projects with the Faux Suede technique

    Get luxurious with the Faux Velvet technique

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    Gatefold Cards can make a grand statement

  • How to make your own envelopes
  • Inchies are addictive and can be made from scraps
  • Try some different ink techniques to add pizzazz to your projects

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  • How Do You Find Inspiration? I show you one way to be inspired in Stamps Craft 2
  • Folding can be a great way to add interest to your cards. Try a Folded Greeting Card (also known as a Stair Step Fold or Accordion Fold card)
  • Kissing Technique helps you get more use out of your stamps

    Masking can add depth and interest in a one layer card

    Paper Piercing can look like a design element on its own, or like faux stitching

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    Now Here are more Card Making Techniques For You:

  • Paper Craft Punch Cards are often whimsical and fun
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    Make some Penny-Roller cards to impress and celebrate!

  • Using Recyclable Products in paper-crafting. Go green!
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  • Reflections Cards can really dazzle!
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  • Try some Thanksgiving art projects by making a pumpkin card:
    A Thanksgiving art project using pumpkins

    Twinchies are the bigger brothers and sisters of inchies

  • Rub Ons - Custom Made ones!
  • Stamping with Bleach can have surprising results

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    Tearing tips for your card making and also your scrapbooking pages

  • Water colouring tips
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  • Sometimes you need to match your card to your wrapping paper too, if you are giving a gift at the same time :)
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    Now you have some card making tips and techniques to try, go ahead and have some fun! When you have made a project, I hope you will share it with me here :)

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