Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
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.
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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:
Make a Banner Card to shout out your congratulations or another message to someone
Make some Card Spinners, interactive elements on a card that actually spin.
Try some Easel Cards (also called photo cards) and use one of your favourite photos to show it off
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
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
Gatefold Cards can make a grand statement
How to use card sketches for inspiration.
Try some different ink techniques to add pizzazz to your projects
Try the Iris Folding Techique
The 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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Make some Penny-Roller cards to impress and celebrate!
Quilling is a very nice technique to learn and quilled elements make great enhancements in cardmaking.
Do you like special card folds? Me too!
Twinchies are the bigger brothers and sisters of inchies and are great embellishments to add to your cardmaking repertoire.
Stamping with Bleach can have surprising results
Tearing tips for your card making and also your scrapbooking pages
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.
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.
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Masculine Get Well Card
Usually masculine cards are hard for me, but this card almost made itself. I used mixed media. Embossing folder for the pine trees, inked inside before …
Snowflake Card Front
Pen and ink drawn snowflakes embellished with Lumiere brand acrylics (supersparkle for accent) and added EZglitz crystals and Rhinestuds, plus some jewelry …
Here is a card I made for a neighbour's daughter's confirmation. The colour scheme for her celebration was turquoise. Ronell Oh, Ronell, …
50th Wedding Anniversary Card
Hi Susan Here is a way I celebrated the 50th Wedding Anniversary of my Mother and Father-in-law, living in Ireland. I made a frame from cardboard and …
Lady in black is a card for someone turning 50
This card is for a special friend turning 50 and on the occasion will enjoy a glass of red wine. I used serviette/napkin and decoupaged it onto board. …
Anniversary Wishes in Silver and White
I love using the cuttlebug. Stamping is rather easy on cuttlebug 'imprints'. Stamp 'second' image on smooth paper and 3-D. Ronnell ***** …
Hi Susan Here is a card we made using the quilling technique. You mentioned this technique in one of your newsletters. Desire * Hi Desire …
Alcohol Ink Card
I love making cards with alcohol ink backgrounds. Here's a bright one I made so you can see what I mean. I use this technique in scrapbooking too to make …
Diorama Daisy Card
This card was made using a template, the stamps are from the new range called Daisy and Dandelion which were coloured in with copics. Andrea …
Here is a card I made for a special friend of mine's friend who died of Motor Neuron disease. It was rather a quick card to make. I cut the cross out …
Hi Susan I made this card using a template for the butterfly and glitter. Tanyah **** Hi Tanyah How pretty! Using glitter on your …
Flower and Butterfly Card Using Yarn Not rated yet
Flower and butterfly made from cut pieces of yarn and affixed with Elmer's glue. Colored pencil for flower stems and antennae. Flower center made from …
Birthday Card For A Special Friend Not rated yet
I love the oval iris-folding template and decided to use it as a 'picture frame'. Seeing that my friend, like myself, loves to crochet, I had to attach …
Iris Fold Cards Not rated yet
Was request to make a card for gentleman who only drinks Millers. I had to use the photo which was supplied for me. I love Iris folding especially Christmas …
Parchment Bookmark Not rated yet
Hi Susan We used the basic parchment technique I told you about last time to make a bookmark as well. Desire ***** Hi Desire This …
Parchment Card Not rated yet
Hi Susan I taught a basic parchment class (Parchment for Dummies #1). Here is one of the cards our craft ladies made. Desire * Hi Desire …
Chalked Card Not rated yet
Hi Susan This Prick and colour card was made using pastel chalks - a very delicate process. Desire ***** Hi Desire What a beautiful …
Gift Card Not rated yet
Hi Susan I followed your instructions for making a gift card (the one you showed us for Father's Day) except I made a different kind of closure for …
Distress Inked Stamped Flower Card Not rated yet
Hi Susan Here's a card I made. I stamped on the paper flower and used distress inks to make the green harlequin pattern on the chipboard button. …
Birthday card in pink Not rated yet
Again I used the spellbinders fleur de lis pendant die. It comes with a large die, a center die and two small ones. I cut the smaller center one in two …
Wedding card Not rated yet
I just got the spellbinders fleur de lis pendant die. I call it the die to die for. It makes such pretty cards. This is a wedding card I made for a …
Stamping and Twinkling H20s Card Not rated yet
Hi Susan This is a card I made with stamps inked up with different shades of Twinkling H20s. I made faux stitching on the main image by using a white …
Repeat Stamping and Leadlighting Card Not rated yet
I made my background by repeatedly stamping my images (I didn't ink up my stamp each time so there are some lighter images which gives more depth), and …
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