May 18th, 2009 by Solange
If you have been inspired by our articles and would like to start making you own greeting cards, you will soon find that you are joining an increasingly popular hobby.
Creating your own cards makes financial sense, the up-front investment is minimal. Your cards will be even more special to their recipients because they are not mass-produced and this way you will be able to express your sentiment in a personal manner.
People will comment on your cards and it will encourage you to make more or to send your personalized greetings using free e-cards.
Although there are hundreds of card-making techniques, none is better than the other. Some are more appropriate when it comes to special occasions, for example we looked at quilling (filigree) and parchment (lace effect) which produce delicate timeless beauty, perfect for Weddings but will not be out of place for a Thank You cards either.
All you need are ideas and basic essentials.
There is no ideas factory, you’ll have to create you own! Get yourself a box and start collecting: cards you like, little items which crop up in the most unexpected of places. The other day, on my way back home, my eye got caught by a sweet pink object on the pavement, it was the tiniest garland of flowers probably from a child hair-pin, it made a fabulous embellishment. Then you need to record what you like, your ideas: keep a scrap book fill it colors, torn out samples from magazines and of course a record of your own cards.
You don’t need a lot of expensive tools. To start, arm yourself with this handy guide and you’ll be busy creating great cards in no time:
Card and paper: stock up on plain cards to begin with, treat yourself to a few different textured and decorative papers to really brighten your designs. Save wrapping paper, old cards etc…
I find envelops to be the most expensive buys, so I am always on the look-out for bargains.
Scalpel and scissors:
Use a scalpel for detailed cutting. Buy two pairs of scissors a small pair and a large pair and keep them exclusively for your card-making.
Paper trimmer also called paper guillotine: it cuts card and paper to the size you want, you might prefer a self-healing cutting mat and a metal ruler.
Glue and sticky tapes are essential but start with one and you will soon build up your collection. Same goes for embellishments, there is a huge variety of charms, beads, paper effects, buttons letters, peel-off and much more. A whole wide world to explore so get started straight away.