Discover Just How Easy it is To Make Your Own Hand Made Cards for Every Occasion…
On this Website You will learn Tips and Techniques to get you started on making your own cards. And even if you have made cards before you may get inspiration or learn different techniques that you can use to enhance your card making…
Making Cards does not have to be difficult in fact it is one of the easiest crafts that you can do. You only need to look at the Children who make a Mothers Day card at School from the ages of 4 or 5 to see how easy card making really is. But where do you start…
Where to Get Ideas From?
Where do you come up with the ideas and inspiration for your card making? Well a good source of inspiration is Mother Nature. For instance Flowers, Leaves, Lady Bugs, Butterflies, Birds, Animals, and Rainbows to name a few.
And if you are making Christmas cards then of course Snow, Snow Flakes, Icicles, Robins, Poinsettas, Holly and Ivy are all perfect.
You can get ideas from anywhere so it is a good idea to keep a small notebook handy and either write or sketch the designs down as you think of them.
What About Matching Colours?
How do you know what Colours to put together? When I started I was not great at matching colours but again I chose Nature for my inspiration. Just picture how beautiful the Autumn colours are together, or the colours of shells and sand or you can pop into your local DIY store and look at the paint charts and booklets that show you specific colours that go together well.
How Do You Design Your Card?
I usually find a card designs itself once I start making it. That might sound strange but I start with a rough idea of the colours that I want to use and the embellishments that I have chosen and I start making it, if I don’t like the toppers then I change them or I rearrange the different elements to give me an idea of how the card will look and the end result is sometimes completely different from my original idea. If the result is not quite what I wanted then I can always start again.
You may prefer to start with your design on Paper and get all the elements chosen before starting your card. You will soon find which way of working suits you best.
What Equipment Do You Need?
So now you have your inspiration and ideas but what Equipment do you need? To start with You will probably have a lot of things in the home already. A pair of scissors, a Ruler, a pencil and an eraser are fairly basic plus you will need some pieces of card and a glue stick or pva glue or double sided tape. You may also have some bits and pieces such as beads or buttons, ribbons and lace if you have ever done any sewing.
There are many different techniques and skills you can learn along the way. I loved using peel offs when I first started. These are sticky gold or silver greetings, borders or pictures that you can add to your card to give it that professional look. They usually don’t cost much for a sheet and you will be amazed at the choices out there if you go and look in a craft store or online. I have used many techniques since but I always add my peel offs to most cards just to finish them off nicely.
Of course you can go on to get the more specialised equipment, punches and embossing tools if you decide that this hobby is for you but to start with these are not necessary.
It may also be best to start off by keeping your cards simple at the beginning as “less is more” when you start out. But once you have created your first card and felt the thrill and satisfaction of making a special card for a special person or occasion then you will want to make many more.
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Please note that any videos shown on this site that originate from the USA all the measurements are in Inches and not Centimetres.
Here is a demonstration of a couple of simple cards to make:-
How to Make a Greeting Card Part 1
How to Make a Greeting Card Part 2
Terms Used in Card Making
A Beginners Guide To Card Making Terms
By Vicki Churchill
Acetate - Acetate is a plastic film that has many applications. You can stamp onto it using rubber stamps, use it for making shaker cards, and use it to make an image or embellishment appear to hang independently. You can also paint Acetate with glass paints and glitter glues.
Acid Free – Anything that is acid free is perfect for card making and scrap booking as it will not deteriorate or discolour. Acid free is simply a product that is manufactured free of acid.
Adhesive - Adhesive is something that is used to stick one material to another. Common craft adhesives include glue dots, glue sticks, double sided tape and photo stickers.
Bone Folder – A bone folder is used for scoring and folding paper and card. It is a flat piece of plastic or bone which is pointed at one end and round at the other.
Brads – Brads are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and colours. Brads have two prongs at the back which are pushed through the paper or card and then flattened to hold in place in much the same way as a split pin..
Brayer – A brayer is usually used to create backgrounds or to roll over two pieces of paper to help glue them together. A brayer is a roller that is soft and made of rubber.
Cardstock - Cardstock is a sturdy thick scrapbook paper which is available in many different thicknesses, weights and colors.
Cello Bags – Cello Bags are used to protect your cards and often used when making cards to sell. They are made from thin plastic which is transparent.
Clear Rubber Stamps - Clear rubber stamps are usually used with an acrylic block, clear stamps can be positioned how you like, and can be mixed and matched with other stamps that you add to the acrylic block.
Corner Punch – A corner punch is used for cutting corner shapes, usually to round off the corners of cards.
Craft Knife – A craft knife is an essential item for card making and scrapbooking. It is a very sharp pointed knife that has replaceable blades.
Cutting Mat – A cutting mat is used with the craft knife. It is a mat that protects the surface you are working on.
Decoupage – Decoupage is a technique used to decorate cards. It is a technique where you build up a 3D picture using several pictures as layers.
Die Cut – Is a term that means ‘cut out shape’. The shape is usually cut from a metal template called a ‘die’.
Distressing - Distressing is a method used to give your project an old and worn look.. This can be achieved in many ways including, stamping, crumpling, inking and tearing.
Double Sided Tape – Double sided tape is sticky on both sides and can either be flat or 3D.
Embellishment - An embellishment is used to decorate a handmade card or scrapbook page layout.
Embossing – A technique used when stamping to create a raised image.
Embossing Powder - Embossing Powder is a fine powder that is available in a variety of colors. Embossing powder is sprinkled over a stamped image and heated to create a raised impression.
Eyelets - Eyelets are metal fasteners with holes in the middle. They are attached to cards and scrapbook pages. Once attached ribbon and fibres can be passed through the holes.
Gel Pens - Gel pens come in many different colors and can be used to colour small areas in a precise color.
Glitter Glue – Glitter glue is glue that is pre mixed with very fine glitter. Glitter glue is usually white and dries clear.
Glue Dots - Glue dots are used to attach embellishments such as buttons or other heavy materials. They are extremely sticky and should not be removed once applied.
Heat Gun - A heat gun is used to heat embossing powder
Iris Folding – A technique where strips of paper are folded and overlapped to create a background in an aperture card.
Light box - A back lit box used with an embossing stencil. The light in the box transmits through the image so that it can be seen through card and paper.
Matting – Matting is also known as mat and layering. It is a technique where a layer of paper is built up to produce a frame around an image or embellishment.
Pigment ink – pigment ink is normally used for embossing because it is like a water based ink that dries slowly enabling the embossing powders to stick to it.
Rub Ons - Rub ons are transfers that are applied by rubbing with a lolly stick. Once applied they are permanent. They are commonly used on scrapbook page layouts and for card making ideas.
Scoring - A way of creating a line that can be used to fold a card.
Vicki Churchill writes for a site that specializes in step by step guides on how to make handmade cards.