Card Making: How to Get Started

Sending a greeting card is a great way to show someone how much you care. There are scores of designs in stores for every occasion. Still, it can be difficult to find just the right one. Sometimes we have an idea in our heads and can’t find anything that comes close to it. This is why many crafters get started making their own cards.

As children, many of us made cards for our families on special occasions. Yet as we get older, we tend to stop. Some don’t have the time to dedicate to card making, while others feel they can’t make anything that could compare to those fancy store-bought cards. But card making doesn’t have to be complicated, and although it takes more time and thought than picking one from the store, it’s really not that time-consuming.

What You Need

Making beautiful cards starts with the right kind of paper. You’ll need card stock or pre-scored cards. These can be found in a wide variety of colors, designs, and sizes. But some card makers stick to one or two colors of card stock and invest in a paper cutter to use for making smaller cards.

Envelopes are also a must. Just like card stock, they are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes. Some card makers, however, choose to make them instead of buying them. You can purchase easy-to-use templates to use if you would like to make your own envelopes.

You’ll also need some paper to use for accents. Rice paper and vellum are nice to use on the inside of cards and are found in many of the cards you see in stores. Patterned papers are good for making your own punch-outs.

Punches may be used to punch designs out of paper to attach to the cards or out of the cards themselves. Some are specially designed to reach farther in from the edges. Corner punches are used to make rounded or decorative corners.

Next, you’ll need some adhesives. A good glue stick is a must. It will hold die cuts and other embellishments without making a mess. But liquid glue may be required for some embellishments. If you plan to do any layering, you might like to use double-sided tape.

Rubber stamps are great for decorating cards quickly and easily. You can get them in all sorts of motifs from craft or scrapbooking supply stores. You’ll also need some ink pads and a few colors of ink.

There are many more types of embellishments that may be used in card making. Embossing supplies, stickers, and calligraphy pens are just a few of the available ones. But you’ll only need a few supplies to get started making your own beautiful greeting cards.