I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when Kelly asked me to guest blog for her while she was on vacation. I’d like to share some of my card making tips, tricks, and techniques. I started card making about three years ago after I finished making my wedding invitations. It was an easy creative outlet and a great way to express love and gratitude to those close to you. My husband would say it’s an expensive hobby, but once you have supplies on hand it’s not too bad.
Here are a few of the basic supplies you will want to invest in:
- Blank A6 cards and envelopes
- Hole punch decorative stamps
- Dimensional Glaze
- 3-4 floral embellishments
- Die-cutting machine
- Wide variety of scrapbook paper
The first year I started making cards I did not have a cricut die-cutting machine. I had to get creative. I would use various scrapbook paper patterns, ribbon, stamps, colored pencils, and any embellishments I happened to pick up at the store. This is probably one of my favorite cards I’ve made.
I was still in the mindset of making cards by hand and without the help of my die-cutting machine when I made this little gem. I cut the lion off of a piece of animal scrapbook paper. I added a simple black raised embellishment to his nose. Coordinating ribbon and cut-out phrase “Oh Baby” completed this cards look. Simple and chic!
I applied the same type of treatment as above to this card. Two raised pearl embellishments add details to the bird. Sometimes simple is better. I like to make versatile cards that can be used for an anniversary or wedding card.
The “love” card above was this years Valentine’s cards that we sent to various family members. The picture is of our dog, Lola. You’ll notice that I’ve not only incorporated a photo, but I’ve stitched on the paper. This is a great way to jazz up paper.
“Congrats” is a perfect Housewarming card. What you can’t tell from the picture is that “congrats” is raised. I used a small amount of Dimensional Magic from Plaid Crafts to raise the words. You might notice that there is an embellishment on the inside of the card as well. I like to add details to the inside- a small strip of paper with a stamp punch design, multiple layers of paper or die-cut phrases. The sky is the limit.
Here is another simplistic die-cut card. I made the belly band by using a hole punch design stamp to make the scallop edges. If you invest in the product you can use it time and time again. Add the recipients age and it gives this card a clean simplistic look.
I hope that I was able to shed some light on card making and spark your creative flame!
About the Author
Katie Jasiewicz is a craft and cooking blogger, author of Sew Woodsy and Katie’s Cucina. Katie and her husband, Jon, aka Mr. Woodsy work on “craft” projects together. Jon is a hobby woodworker and home renovation expert. Katie is into all things crafty from card making to beginner sewing projects and everything in between. Sew Woodsy is a blog that not only documents their projects, but the journey they are sharing together. You can join Katie on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.