Cardmaking


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 handmade cards? 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? You can read more about why people do make handmade greetings in the first place, but if you already love to make them, do scroll down to find cardmaking techniques and tips.



Cardmaking. Best Friend Ever card. #Bffs


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.


Here is some information if  you want to know more about the card stock and designer series paper I use for my projects.


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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 and great for new card makers to get ideas.

I made the 'Happy Everything' (stamp set now retired) 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


Cardmaking Banner Card Ideas


  • Cardmaking using Brayered Landscapes is a lot of fun and the results may surprise you!

  • Brayer techniques for handmade cards



  • Colour Ribbons to exactly match your projects


  • Easy ribbon technique.



  • Make your own Papercraft Bears or Papercraft Ladies


  • Paper Punch ideas



  • 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.


  • Embossed Background Cards.



  • Add some Black Magic to your papercraft repertoire, for drama and impact with a little bit of nostalgia thrown in


  • Black Magic colouring technique



  • Try a buckle card as a lovely variation of the gate fold technique

  • Buckle Card technique



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



    Suspension card tutorial.


    Try some Easel Cards (also called photo cards) and use one of your favourite photos to show it off



    Easel card tutorial



    Working with Chalks can be so soft and subtle



    Chalk card idea



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



    Crayon Resist Card technique


    Dry Embossing adds texture and depth


    Brass stencil art



    Heat Embossing makes things pop!



    Heat embossing techniques



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



    Embossing folder techniques


  • Here's how I made the small Faux Metal heart shown below


  • Faux Metal technique



    And here's how to make a faux metal motorbike using a larger rubber stamp



    Faux Metal Technique



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



    Flower Pot Card Tutorial


    Glitter Embossing is just so, well, glitzy!



    Glitter embossing tutorial



    Faux Silk can add elegance and texture too



    Faux Silk technique



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



    Faux Suede Technique



    Get luxurious with the Faux Velvet technique



    Faux Velvet technique



    Gatefold Cards can make a grand statement



    Gate Fold Card technique



  • How to make your own envelopes


  • How to make envelopes out of paper



  • Inchies are addictive and can be made from scraps


  • Inchie Art



    Try some different ink techniques to add pizzazz to your projects



    Brayer techniques



  • 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). Let me know if you want to learn any other special card folds.


  • Step fold card technique



    Try the Iris Folding Techique



    Iris Folding Cards



    The Kissing Technique helps you get more use out of your stamps



    Kissing technique for crafters



    Masking can add depth and interest in a one layer card



    Masking technique for cards



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


    Paper piercing technique for card makers

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    Paper punch ideas



    Make some Penny-Roller cards to impress and celebrate!



    Penny roller cards



  • Using Recyclable Products in paper-crafting. Go green!


  • Recycled crafts



  • Reflections Cards can really dazzle!


  • Reflection card tutorial


    Do you like special card folds? Me too!


    How to make an explosion card



  • Try some Thanksgiving art projects by making a pumpkin card:


  • Thanksgiving pumpkin cards



    Twinchies are the bigger brothers and sisters of inchies



    Twinchie card ideas


  • Rub Ons - Custom Made ones!


  • How to make rub ons



    Stamping with Bleach can have surprising results



    Stamping with bleach



    Tearing tips for your card making and also your scrapbooking pages



    Brayered ripped paper crat



  • Water colouring tips


  • Water color cards



  • Sometimes you need to match your card to your wrapping paper too, if you are giving a gift at the same time ☺


  • Hand stamped wrapping paper



    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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