Friday, February 3, 2017

So, you want to start Card Making?

There are so many different supplies and tools on the market that it can be confusing where and how to get started.  I thought I'd pop in and give you tips on my favourite products, what I use and what I  recommend to my customers for Card Making.

What do you need to get started? (in no particular order)


You'll need something for your card base, more often than not, I use Whisper White A4 Thick Card Stock; $12.25 for 24 sheets.  It is entirely up to you what size card you make.  I try to stick to something that will fit inside a C6 envelope. Which is mostly 4"x6" or 10cm x 15cm or half of an A4 sheet.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=32200&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Available in A4 and 12"x12"


You're going to need something to cut those bases with, right?  I have owned many trimmers in the time I've been crafting - and by far the Stampin' Trimmer is the best.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=129722&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Spare Cutting and Scoring Blades also available
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=103579&dbwsdemoid=4010072
Fine tips to get into small areas


I keep a few different types on hand depending on my project.  I always have Snail Adhesive on hand for if I'm making a card as I'm running out the door to see family for their birthday (yes I'm a terrible person!) because it's quick and simple to use and a little bit forgiving is you need to lift your paper to re position.  I keep Tear & Tape on hand because it's easy to use and is nice and strong for all textures of paper.  And Dimensionals, I looooove layers, and Dimensionals are my absolute favourite product for this, I use one for a little bit of lift but sometimes I'm known to layer two for a nice big lift.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=104332&dbwsdemoid=4010072
Snail Adhesive Refills also available

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138995&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Tear & Tape Adhesive, strong and easy to use
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=104430&dbwsdemoid=4010072 
Dimensionals, 300 per pack

There are many types of adhesive available on the market, and over the years I've used my fair share these three are my favourite, especially for ease of use.


Although this is not an absolute necessity your cards will look fantastic with a layer of texture provided by your choice of patterned paper.

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Urban Underground Designer Series Paper


Accents & Embellishements are a personal thing.  Each card you make will be different, some will need "something extra" and some won't.  I like to add a few Basic Rhinestones or Basic Pearls to my cards, almost as a "full stop" at the very end of my project.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=119246&dbwsdemoid=4010072 
Basic Rhinestones


I cannot craft without mine!  My Big Shot™sits right beside me as I craft, embossing is an awesome way to add dimension and texture to your cards.  Lots of Stamp Sets have matching Framelits available too, make gorgeous gift bag embellishments and tags - I honestly could not be without it.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=31600&dbwsdemoid=4010072
And last by definitely not least, STAMPS!  

I would be the worst Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator ever if I didn't mention what Stampin' Up!® do best... While I think it's important that the message on the inside of your card is handwritten, there are some great sentiment stamps in different fonts and sizes.  And as mentioned above, lots of stamp sets have matching framelits - saving you from fussy cutting your images.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=140712&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Suite Sayings, available in Wood and Clear Mount

So, there you have it.  My go-to items to for Card Making, the only thing you need is your imagination, and if you're having a mind blank - check out the other posts in my side-bar and I am sure that you'll be inspired by something I've created.

Thank you for popping in,  if you know of someone who would like to read this post please share it with them.  If there is anything that I've featured that you'd like to purchase, click on it and you'll be taken to my online store.

See you Sunday for an INKspired Blog Hop xx

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