Making greeting cards for friends and family may be a fun pastime. You have complete control over the appearance and feeling of your greeting cards when you create them, ensuring that your card conveys just the correct message. Taking the effort to personalise a greeting card shows the recipient how important they are to you. Some of the following card making tips and tricks may be useful to you if you are a beginner card maker. They’ll help you avoid a lot of the pitfalls and issues that new greeting card crafters have, and they’ll help you improve your card designs.
Anyone may go to the shop and choose a card off the shelf to mail, but crafting one with your hands demonstrates how much you care about the person receiving the card. From the simple to the sophisticated, there are card crafts for every level of maker.
A Tip to Assist You in Choosing the Background Color for Your Card
Beginners frequently have difficulty deciding which colours to use. Choosing a colour from the image you’re using as your paper backdrop colour is an easy approach to obtain great results. Add comparable coloured decorations and accessories to your card using one or two additional colours from the illustration.
Recycle your scraps of paper
The cost of beautiful sheets is not insignificant. Make sure you put your saved paper scraps to good use. You may always cut basic shapes from scrap paper using your punches and die cut machine. Use the paper shapes to add interest to your cards. Who doesn’t desire to make a financial savings?
Look Beyond the Normal Sources for Your Paper Supplies.
Have you ever gone to the store’s card area and observed the lovely gift bags and wrapping sheets on sale? Who says you can’t make cards using unusual paper sources? Gift bags are frequently constructed of a thicker weight of paper that is ideal for cardmaking. Simply unfold the bags and cut out the shapes you want, being careful not to crease them. Because wrapping paper is thin, you may need to strengthen it using a heavier piece of paper as a backer.
These papers may require a little more work, but they will be a lovely touch to your card design. To adhere wrapping paper to card stock, just use spray adhesive. To avoid wrinkles or air bubbles in the wrapping paper, carefully put it down over the sprayed cardstock and flatten it with your finger or a bone folder.
Use a White Polymer Eraser.
People frequently use a pencil to draw light lines as a positioning reference while laying down cut paper shapes onto a card. The pencil traces must be removed after attaching your decorations. Only a white polymer eraser should be used. Pink erasers, and much worse, pencil erasers, can create smudges and black blotches on your card.
Round Corners Instead of Square
Use corner punches to add interest and a professional aspect to your card. You may get amazing results with a simple 10mm corner punch. You can also use the punch to change the appearance of your pictures and business cards.
Use Foam Tape Squares and Dots to add Dimension to Your Cards.
Part of the pleasure of crafting cards is that you can rapidly upgrade them from store-bought cards by adding dimensional embellishments. Foam tape and dots create just enough space between the elements on the front of your card to make them stand out.
How to Make Permanent Tape Less Permanent
To decide positioning, you may wish to connect elements to your cards. You might want to try out a few different layouts before settling on one. Placing tape on cloth and pulling it off numerous times will degrade it. The distressed tape will not harm the backdrop of your card.
Keep Your Stamps Clean
Spray a little cold water (no soap) onto your stamp and dab it dry with a paper towel or clean cloth if you’re using water soluble ink. Scrub your stamp carefully to avoid damaging the surface and rendering it worthless. Your stamps will last longer if you take proper care of them.
Keep Some Generic Cards on Hand
Make some easy cards that you may use for a variety of situations. When you need a card and don’t have much time, all you have to do is stamp the right sentiment onto the card and you’re done. It’s that simple!
A Card Box Can Be Useful
Create a file folder for each month of the year in a storage box. Make your cards ahead of time and keep them in the proper file folder for the month. Pull out the cards and mail them at the beginning of each month. Never again will you be hurried when making a card!
A Ribbon hack
Ribbons are a beautiful touch to card design, but sometimes you will find that the ends will fray. An easy fix to this problem is applying a bit of clear nail polish to the ends. No more fraying!
Foam Tape Trick
Have you started crafting a card and realised you’ve ran out of foam tape or dots? You don’t have to be concerned. Cut a piece of foam board into the required shape and stick it to the card backdrop for a quick repair. Dimension is added in an instant!
Card Folding Techniques
Learn how to fold cards using a variety of ways. Your cards will be interesting and enjoyable to play. Beccy Muir, an Australian card maker, provides 129 card folding and design examples and lessons. What a motivating source! Make a point of visiting her blog. You’ll be motivated to be creative and make those cards!
These 13 card-making hints and suggestions are only the start. If you’ve been bitten by the card-making bug, magazines, books, and the internet may all be useful sources of inspiration. To improve your knowledge and creative skills, enrol in some card making workshops at your local craft store. Classes are also a great way to meet like-minded people who are eager to share their expertise and excitement for creating with you!