Being a keen crafter myself I have always spend a lot of my time trying to find and invent new and interesting card making ideas.
Card making ideas can be as complex or as simple as you desire but knowing that someone will receive something that has been personally made and created by you will bring joy to both you and the receiver.
Sending someone a personal card that is different from any other is sending something that will be treasured and remembered. Knowing someone has spent time and effort to produce something that is personal to the receiver is better than a gift.
Ideas for your cards do not need to be expensive, quite often you will be able to use materials from around your home that you may have thought to throw away. Before you discard anything always ask yourself
Will this add texture to a card?
Could the colour be used?
Could the item be broken down or used as an embellishment for card making ideas
Could it be used as a form of storage for you craft items?
When I first began card making I took got most of my cards making ideas from magazines, the internet and by looking at cards already made in shops. I would take the ideas and try to re create them myself using bits and pieces from around the house.
Its surprising what you can produce from a few pieces of paper and some ribbon if you set your mind to it.
When you are trying to produce card making ideas it is important to have a clean surface, there is nothing worse than creating something unique only to find it has a dirty mark on it.
I find a large cutting matt is the best surface to work on, by using a cutting mat you can also cut your paper as and when you need to with out damaging your tables or what ever surface you are working on.
If you are using a scalpel to cut paper or card for your card making ideas always remember to check that the blade is sharp other wise it will drag the paper when cutting and leave an unattractive tatty edge.
Using different colored paper and fabrics to create the background of a card it the best way to start you can even attach photos or dried flowers to give it a more personal touch.
Rubber stamps and embossing stencils will also produce a very effective look to any card making ideas.
What ever card making ideas you produce as long as it is personal to the receiver and is based on things they enjoy your cards will be warmly accepted and very much appreciated.
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