Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Handmade Card Making Essentials
Good morning! Leah from South Breeze Farm sent me an email asking if I had a Top 10 Card Making Essentials list, so she could start making cards. I thought this was a great idea, so I'm sharing my list with you, too! I get most of my supplies at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, with 40-50% off coupons.
1. Paper Cutter
This one is under $10.00 and is great for cutting 12" x 12" paper. The blades are easy to replace and there are also scoring blades for making your own blank notecards.
There are many different varieties of glue, but this is my favorite. It dries quickly and a little goes a long way.
3. Pre-made blank notecards
You can also make your own for more color variety, but I love these packages because envelopes are included. They come in white and ivory.
4. Cardstock and paper
The paper aisle can be very overwhelming, so try to find one paper you like and then look for a coordinating sheet. I always get a coordinating sheet of cardstock, too. My favorite is ivory.
Most of my cards are simple and use a sheet of scrapbook paper and coordinating cardstock.
5. Rubber Stamps
Investing in a few rubber stamps is a good idea because you can use them over and over again.
6. Ink pads
Start out with a few basic colors.
I get round sponges from the artist/paint section of stores and cut them into fourths.
Dab on an ink pad, and then the edges of cardstock to get a shaded look. This will take practice!
I love the ribbon at Hobby Lobby because it is usually 50% off.
There are many embellishments for paper crafting, but I keep it simple with tiny flowers and rhinestones.
10. Decorative punches and scissors.
These can be collected over time and will add fancy touches to your cards.
In addition to local stores, I have found many supplies (especially rubber stamps) at thrift store and yardsales.
A few cards using a single sheet of scrapbook paper and coordinating cardstock...
Thank you for stopping by for a visit and I hope the list was helpful. I will share a card making project tomorrow!