Wednesday, 9 November 2011

An introduction to card making

Well I've been card making for several months now and it occurred to me that when I first started, I used a multitude of websites, blogs, books and magazines to learn about the craft. I had to learn about one aspect of card making from one source, another aspect from a different source and so on. It would have been handy if I could have gotten all the information I needed from one place. So I've decided that over the next few weeks I will attempt to blog about different aspects of card making, I kind of go-to guide. I'm not for one minute saying that I'm an expert because I'm not, but I hope that sharing what I have learnt about card making over the last 8 months will help someone else who is interested in taking it up. So here goes...

Essential tools
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Pens, markers or paints
Not essential but very handy
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bone folder
  • Paper punches
  • Diecutter 
Card blanks and envelopes
There is a huge range of pre-cut card blanks and envelopes that you can buy from craft shops and larger department stores, that come in just about every size shape and colour you can think of. Alternatively, if you want to make your own card blanks, you can buy packs of envelopes, unless your card is an unusual shape then you may have to make your own envelope too.

Tape and Glue

When it comes to finding the right kind of glue or tape, you are spoiled for choice. Personally I find that double sided tape is essential for sticking down card, paper and sentiments. Double sided foam is extremely useful for giving a 3D effect to sentiments and card toppers. Glue pens or sticky dots are great for sticking small embellishments, while silicon glue or my personal favourite, a hot glue gun, are used to secure bulkier embellishments. A glue stick is also useful to stick lightweight objects and paper or card.


Craft shops, stationery shops and department stores offer a massive range of plain and patterned paper and card. Below is my list of different types of paper and their uses.
  • Patterned paper- Comes in all colours and patterns, used to create a background on your card blank.
  • Textured paper- Either handmade or embossed with a pattern. Adds texture and dimension to cards.
  • Glittered paper- Popular on female and childrens cards.
  • Holographic/mirror card- Popular on childrens cards. (Bare in mind that if you need to photograph your cards, holographic card shines and can make it difficult to take a clear photo)
  • Accetate- Not really a paper but is transparent and used to create windows or is stamped on to give a "floating" effect.

An embellishment is an item that you attach to your card and there is a vast amount to choose from. For example:
  • Card toppers
  • Paper/card flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Stick on gems
  • Chipboard shapes or characters
  • Sequins
Stamping and decoupage

Stamping and decoupage are both very popular techniques for decorating cards. Stamping requires ink, some stamps and a medium such as markers, pencils or watercolours to colour them in (I use Promarkers). Decoupage is the technique of layering numbered pictures on top of each other with foam pads or hot glue to give a 3D effect. Decoupage sheets are used for this technique and can be found at your local craft shop.

Well I think thats the basics covered! Hopefully it makes sense and I haven't missed out something important. Feel free to leave a comment, letting me know what you think! Also check back in a few days for the next installment =)

Thanks for dropping by!
Hayley x

1 comment:

  1. Hi hayley

    Thanks for following my blog, good luck with your creative journey. There are lots of tutorials on the blog and I find You Tube a great source of inspiration and education ;)

    Best wishes