Make Your Own Card

August 14th, 2009

A homemade greeting card you make yourself can be more meaningful to the recipient and just as attractive as a card bought from the shop. People usually associate quality with a homemade card and will have sentimental value to a card that is handmade. After all that is why we give each other greeting cards, to express our friendship and other sentiment. Whether you want to express your sentiment for a wedding, birthday, Christmas, feel better soon, or pretty much any occasion, what better way to express it than to make your own card?

Here you will find quality information to show you how you can make your own card for all occasions. There are tips so that you can design your own cards and make your own invitations. There will also be links to where you can buy the necessary equipment so that you can get started on your own card project.

If you want to make your own wedding invitations, look at the DIY wedding invitations section of this site to be inspired by wedding card designs and read the helpful tips on choosing the right paper and colour to make your cards.

Christmas is always a time for sharing, head to the Christmas card ideas section and learn how to give your family and friends a personal gift with a creative greeting card. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

For those who want to think outside the box and stay one step ahead of the competition there also is information about how to make your own business cards. There are a number of place you can have your cards designed and made for you, but wouldn’t you think that a personalised, unique and well design card printed on a textured quality cardboard is something that will impress your potential customers?

I welcome you to Make Your Own Card. Enjoy your stay.

Unique Greeting Card Idea from Postcarden

March 7th, 2010

Postcarden Allotment card

I admire Postcarden because they have a great idea and coupled that idea with good design. Great idea plus good design equals excellent product. Basically they designed a greeting card that is a  pop-out card that transforms into a mini living garden. If you think about it, this is a long lasting gift card because it will entice the recipient to let the garden grow and enjoy it for longer, rather than a normal card where it will most likely end up in a shoe box.

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View PostCarden – A mini living garden Video

Brooklyn5and10.com has Postcarden for retail sale in the USA, $12.95. Postcarden is scheduled to arrive April 6 and will ship quickly after. They are currently taking backorders.

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Postcarden Botanical card

Postcarden City card

3D Pop Out Wedding Invitations

October 29th, 2009

I found this video on Blip.tv and it’s from a show called nuptialstv.com. It talks about hot wedding invitation trends. This video is related to DIY wedding invitations.

Nothing will make your invite pop out more then by adding a third dimension to a usually flat medium. Including flowers, charm bracelets, shells, leaves, pearls, feathers, or any other object that is special to you and your future spouse will make your invitation more unique. Bind a single rose matching the type your fiancée gave you on your first date along with your invitation, reply card, and map, or add some glitz to the invitation by creating a border made up of beads, jewels, or rhinestones… fake ones for those with normal budgets, and real ones for those couples who really just want to show off. Make sure you don’t do too much when adding a bit of dimension to your invitation packages… you don’t want to distract from the actual information inside the envelope. But adding extra, three dimensional flourishes to compliment the usual invitation can really help them pop out… and add a personal touch that will give your guests a little taste of you and your fiancées personalities. Plus, everyone likes a nice surprise when they open a package!

Make your own Holloween crafts

October 28th, 2009

Everybody loves Halloween. A time to dress up in scary costumes, eat lots of candy and be creative with decorations. In the spirit of Halloween I have explored a few craft ideas to get your creative juices flowing to make your own Halloween crafts!

Create a 3D blood splatter that can be used as decoration. Light up any Halloween party with the colour of red blood oozing from the walls. Etsy and Threadbanger.com team up to show how to make this amazing effect.

Make this cute origami cat and broomstick for Halloween! In this video Tilly will show you how it’s done. You can find a printable version of this origami project, as well as much more origami for kids, coloring pages, crafts, worksheets, printables and games at www.ActivityVillage.co.uk

Here is some cute and simple treats for Halloween using black cardstock, a stamp, ink and decorative scissors. More project ideas can be found at www.CraftJunkieToo.com.

Halloween Crafts

Halloween Crafts

More Halloween craft ideas can be found at familyfun.go.com.

Halloween is a great way to motivate yourself to make your own scary, fun and crazy looking crafts to decorate your home this Halloween season. Make sure you use interesting paper that has some texture to it. This will mean that your cards/decorations have an interesting feel to the touch.

Look out for PDFs! Some craft website provide a printablt PDF version of their paper so that you can print it out on your printer and cut it out at home.

Make Your Own Crimped Texture on Card or Paper

October 27th, 2009

If you are interested in making your own textures on paper, then check out this video. Using this technique you can make diamond crimped backgrounds, perfect to make your own card with a unique touch. It is a very simple process and it achieves an amazing result. You will need a paper crimper, sticky tape, glue and of course paper or cardboard. Watch this video to see how to make this diamond crimped background that you can use to make your own card.

You can watch more videos at vimeo.com/stampwithtami

Stampin’ Up Diamond Crimped Background from Tami White on Vimeo.

When in doubt, remember this quote,

“All life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference between those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other.”

So enjoy your life, it’s your only one.

Handmade Card Making Supplies

September 23rd, 2009

Most of the handmade card making supplies mentioned here,you probably already have, either on hand or around the house. Don’t run out to the store and buy them before looking around…

I’m sure you’ll find card making supplies that you can use to create your very own creative cards…

Below are card making supplies I’ve listed that most people use to create cards…

Paper

Discover card making paper supplies.

Different types of paper you can use to be creative…

You can walk into any craft store and see that they have big varieties of all sorts of paper, from plain to glitter to decorative to extra thin rice paper. It’s an endless choice…

I sometimes can’t resist the temptation of buying all these different types of paper, but in the end they intend to be costly! You figure they range from 59 cents to 1.99 per single sheet! That’s crazy!

I like to be budget minded and get more for what I am spending. It’s good to do bargain with different craft stores before making a purchase. But some of us, have to go out of our way to do so!…

Tip: Use what you have and wait for sales and discounts…

Card making paper supplies can be bought in bulk, stocks and kits. Sometimes we see the kits and we only want certain designs or textures. Then we turn to individual paper and you end up spending $20 for 20 sheets when you can spend $20 and get 200 sheets.

I learned that when you buy it by the pack you not only save, you find the use of all the other creative designs for future cards!

Tip: Always keep your scraps. They come in handy for decorative punches, collages and even your envelopes! Use your scraps to decorate your envelopes…So you’ll never waste or throw away paper!

After awhile paper can be costly, so try to make every use of it, by recycling them and reusing them for other projects!

Purchasing card making paper supplies…

Card Stocks

They are more ridged than paper. They can be glossy, regular mats or adhesive mats, textured or glittered. You can buy them already cut or as a whole sheet. They offer card stocks by dark colors, pastel or by themes, school, baby and so fort and range from different sizes

Card Kits

Card kits are pre-folded card stocks. Same as basic blank cards. They come with matching envelopes.

Some Craft stores also offer kits with decorative paper and die-cuts for a flat price ranging from 3.99 to 5.99! These are good for gifts, beginners or even kids!

Card making paper supplies are everywhere…Get them at any craft stores near you or here online…

There are many creative projects you can create using different types of paper…

I hope you found this site helpful for your creative card ideas!

Remember, Many trees are being cut down to help us create our creations! Please Recycle!

Envelopes

Create homemade envelopes that match your creative cards… Instead of giving standard size envelopes that are plain. Why not use your left over scraps to decorate it… Turn your envelopes into a work of art!

Tip: If you are mailing your creative cards, be sure not to decorate over the places where we would write the address to and from and where the postal stamp goes. Be sure to weigh it before mailing it out as the postage may vary!

One day I had left over scraps from creating a birthday card. I said to myself, I don’t want the card to be very nice and the envelope will look very plain. So I decided to take all the scraps I had left over from that one birthday card and created my very own unique envelope!

You can do almost anything with your envelope, by using multiple handmade card making supplies.

Cutting Mat / Craft Knifes / Scissors / Trimmers

When creating cards, good cutting tools are important. Here are some basic card making tools you’ll need to get a neat professional look.

Cutting – Mat

Cutting Mats come in various sizes and are available at any craft stores. Choose one that is big enough for cutting big sized paper. I have a 23inches x 23inches blue mat with measurement squares that I have placed on my work table. It’s a perfect size!

Tip: You might consider purchasing a smaller one for travel or smaller pieces of paper

Craft Knife / Scissors

Craft knifes and scissors is a must for card cutting tools. Many crafters like myself like to use X-Acto craft knifes. It is great for detailed paper cutting or to cut big sheets of paper

For those who have difficulty handling sharp knifes, I would advise that you use an X-Acto knife that is safer than a surgical scalpel.

Tip: I found out that many crafters go to local medical suppliers and purchase KAI no. 3 surgical knife and blades, that intend to last quite some time

Scissors is another type of cutting tool that vary in fancy designs. It is use for basically all cutting purposes. Use a big pair for cutting big sheets and use a small sharp one for cutting small, detailed pieces of work…

Important: Please keep all sharp objects away from children!

Tip: If you don’t have any caps for your knifes use bottle corks. It will prevent any type of incident

Paper Trimmers / paper Cutters

A paper cutter is another one of my daily cutting tools. It is good for cutting photos, precision cutting and different sizes of paper. I use it to pre-cut big sheets of paper to direct sizes for all my card making.

I hope you find the right cutting tools you need to make neat professional cuts for all your creative cards!

Adhesives / Tapes / Glue sticks

Adhesives, tape and glue sticks are basic handmade card making supplies needed for most creative card projects. Whether you do a collage or just a simple creative photo card…More Info

Finding the right card making glue and adhesives is important. You want your creative cards to last as long as possible and with the right glue and adhesives, you will help ensure that!

Here is a guide to help you choose the right card making glue and adhesives that you can find in any craft store.

Understand the differences between types of glues, tapes and spray adhesives…I did not list any particular brand to use as everyone prefer different types.

Use this guide to experiment your own brand of one and use it to your budget needs and one that fits your type of project!

Let’s begin…

Double-sided Adhesive Tape

When we here tape most of us think Scotch tape. Double sided adhesive tape is great for photos and sticking paper to paper.

Many scrap bookers and myself like to use this type of tape. It can be costly. I prefer not to use to many double sided tape for card making. Only when creating creative photo cards.

Tip: Scotch tape can be used for all creative card making, if you prefer to use single sided tape!

Glue Sticks

Glue sticks are CHEAP and easy to use. It various in size that range from glue stick pens to wide dispenser type of glue sticks. There are also colored glue sticks that help, especially when working with kids.

I personally don’t like to use glues sticks when creating cards because it’s not permanent. It does not stick as well, neither does It bond very securely. I prefer, you use other types of card making glues and adhesives. But this is Great for kids!

Hot Glue

Hot glue comes in the form of solid sticks of glue that are put through a glue gun to be heated and used. I use hot glue guns for all my card making crafts. It is great for embellishments ( like buttons & flowers, etc…) and I save money comparing to buying tape…

Glue guns are relatively cheap, you could get a glue gun and glue sticks at most craft stores from $3 – $10. Glue sticks usually comes in packages of 25 -100 for a few more dollars.

The glue will create spider like strings, but don’t worry it can be easily rubbed off. They also offer glitter glue sticks that can be used with your hot glue gun, otherwise it’s clear…

Rubber Cement

Rubber cement is thick and creamy glue that dries clear. It can form either a permanent or temporary bond depending on how it is applied

It comes in a dark brown jar and a cap with a attached brush applicator. It can be messy and is ideal for all paper crafting. I personally don’t use it for any creative cards as I’ve always been unlucky with it sticking permanently. Also the smell can be overwhelming after an extended period of time

Self Adhesive Foam Mounting Squares or Circles

Self adhesive foam are usually made of thick foam and are sticky on both sides. They come in various sizes. I don’t use any of these!

TIP:

For budget minded people: I buy regular foamies that are 2mm thick and cost me only .49 cents! For a sheet sized at 9 x 12. I cut them to however size or shape I need it, then I add some glue from my glue gun and it’s good to go! I buy 2 sheets of white or black and it lasts me for est. 30 cards

It’s great for 3-d effects and to make anything you want to pop! You can stack it on top of each other for additional height. Also great for lettering.

Spray Adhesive

Spray adhesive can be used for paper, photos even fabric. I’ve never used spray adhesive for any of my creative cards because I feel it is better to use it for larger projects such as posters, large photos, or creative boxes.

I have seen it done by other card lovers! And it turned out just fine. Hopefully I’ll get to feature a card using spray adhesive. So check back for that link and I can share all about it with you!

Tacky glue

Tacky glue is one of many card making glue used to create cards. It is durable then regular Elmer’s glue. It dries clear and creates a long lasting bond. Make sure to read the label to see what type of materials it is best used with.

Tip: If you are in a rush or hurry to get a card done. Do not use tacky glue. It takes a long process to dry and recommend it dry over night.

I don’t like to use it on my cards because when it dries, you can see the creation of the glue right through the paper.

Glue pens

Glue pens are great for precision gluing. It works well with glitter and for more detailed designs.

Glue Dots / Glue Roller

There are many different sizes of glue dots and many varieties of glue rollers. They are really great because they are not messy and are really sticky. I don’t like to use them because they become very costly. But it’s a great expensive glue for your creative card creations!

UHU Glue

UHU glue comes in both tube and stick. Many prefer to use this as their brand of one because it sticks better than others. All access glue can be rubbed off after it dries, using a clean pencil eraser. I’ve never tried it, but I’ve read very great reviews about it!

Ink and Ink pads

Ink and inkpads are mainly used for all rubber stamping and scrap booking purposes.

Now you can create different techniques just by knowing what type of ink and inkpads work best for you!

Use this guide to help you decide what type you should use best with your type of projects…

When I first started I used basic colors. I suggest for beginners, you might just like to use the following colors also:

* Black

* White

* Green

* Red

* And Blue

Below are 6 types of ink I am familiar with using…

Versa Color Ultimate Pigment Ink is a great cheap choice. It works really well and I like to use it for many of my creative cards.

Studio G Acid Free Pigment Ink can always be found on sale. I bought these for a $1 and it works great with little design stamps. When times are hard this is the way to go for the cheapest inkpads

Versa Mark Watermark Stamp pad is a must own. I use this type of inkpad for all of my rubber stamping creations. With it you can create very cool looking watermarks on both cards and envelopes.

Brilliance Pigment Inkpad creates a unique look of stamped images. I hardly use this type of ink. But are often used by many card lovers.

Stazon Inkpads are solvent inkpads and will definitely stain the rubber. It can be used for any surface like stamping on plastic.

Tip: Use baby wipes to clean all your stamps.

You might also like Memories Acid Free Dye Ink pads. This type of ink pad is made especially for Hero Arts Shadow Stamps. I like to use soft vanilla and soft leaf. I don’t recommend the use for gold and silver because the finished look, intend to be awful. You can decide!

Decorative Punches

I hardly use any decorative card punches, but I know many creative card lovers that do and they love it!

Some have such intricate designs that many just love to use it to create handmade cards.

When you first begin making homemade cards, you will just have to get a few. I personally have never bought any because they just cost too expensive.

But these decorative designs can last you a lifetime and once you start to use them you’ll notice their so easy to use and fun to create designable cards with!

Here are some of the basic patterns you might like:

* Corner punches or corner rounder. There great to use if you like to round off your corners. I like to use them with photos.

* Basic Shape punches. Squares, diamonds, circles, triangles, rectangles, hearts etc… They also vary in size.

* Long reach punches. Allows youto punch deeper into the inside of a card or any craft project.

* Leaves and flowers: If you love floral designs. They have a great selection on leaves and flowers that you can use for any garden or floral card ideas you have in mind

* Punch Aid. This is a great tool especially for those that love to punch a lot. I have a friend who owns one and she loves this tool. It’s one of her favorites.

Card Making Embellishments

Use this guide below to see some of the many creative card making embellishments you can use on your creative cards…

There are many things we would like to consider using on our cards. Here are some card making embellishments that you can use to add glamor, and 3-d effects to your card creations.

Many of these embellishments are like stickers, eyelets, tassels, glitter, and many more.

Creative Card Making Embellishments:

* Eyelets: There are many ways you can use eyelets. It is great for attaching clear plastic, vellum, and tags to any homemade card. You can use it for your hole punches in your card and weave wire through it.

* Brads: They are similar to eyelets but brads don’t have a hole through them. There also great for attachments and tags. Some come in decorated designs like flowers, buttons and snowflakes. They also come in color coordinate with seasons.

* Buttons: Before throwing out any loose buttons. Keep them. They make great card embellishments for any card. I used them in a creative Christmas card idea, and strung them on the tree as ornaments. So don’t throw them out.

* Alphabet Beads: You can string names, words or sayings for example… “L-O-V-E” or “B-A-B-Y”, birthday, wedding or even personal names.

More creative card making embellishments…

* Fibers: Look for any fibers you might have laying around or just so happen to come across. They are great for hanging tags, lining envelopes, stringing letters like your alphabet beads and creating bows.

* Metallic Threads: They come in many different colors and are great for creating creative tassels. You can also use them to create embroidery cards.

* Ribbons: I love to use ribbons to line my envelopes with or make bows. You can attach ribbons to any of your creative homemade cards.

Tip: You can find many card embellishments to use, like in your closets, drawers, storage bins. Remember to look before you throw away everything. Even tell friends and family they might have some things you could recycle and use for your card making embellishments.

Rubber Stamping

All about rubber stamping supplies.

Below are some of the most common creative rubber stamping supplies and tools we’ve either used or are going to use when creating creative cards.

Rubber stamps comes in many variety ways: Clear stamps, wood stamps, felt stamps and even eraser pads that you can create stamps out of.

I personally don’t like to use stamps as much. I feel that stamps can only be used in so many ways and they only have so many designs before many will be using the same stamps.

Although rubber stamping can become addictive when you start creating creative cards. You’ll want to own every design out there and every image for every occasion.

Creative rubber stamping supplies come in shapes, images, alphabets and can be worked with for many different creative card ideas.

Here are techniques you can use with all your rubber stamps:

You can do:

* Embossing

* Wrapping paper

* Water Marking

* Simple stamping

* Decorating envelopes

* Backgrounds

* And many more!

Here are some of the basic creative rubber stamping supplies that will do with any card making.

Remember, you do not need all of them some can even be substitute with items around the house.

* Clear Stamps: Clear stamps can in deed be costly. Most of them don’t even come with clear blocks for you to put your stamp on and create clear images. So before buying clear stamps think of its costly price.

* Wooded Stamps: They are the most common stamps that has been around for many years. Their cheap and some come with out wooded blocks, but that is okay because some don’t need them. They have a wide range of variety selections to choose from. This is where you would like to start. Here is a guide on recommended ink and ink pads.

* Roller Stamps: I like to call them roller stamps, because they roll out beautiful borders on your cards. They are great for creating borders on tags, cards and envelopes.

Tip: Use baby wipes to clean all your rubber stamps. Rinse them and leave it to dry. Don’t buy expensive rubber stamp cleaners as they do not work as good as baby wipes. It gets it clean!

Creative Rubber stamping Tools…

* Heat Gun: The Milwaukee heat gun is one of the most favorable heat gun used for embossing. It is inexpensive and it does the job well. I’ve known of people who actually use hot plates which can be sufficient, but I wouldn’t want to take the chance of burning any cards.

* Brayer: They brayer is very useful when creating creative cards. It is create for creating background on any card or envelope or any creative project you have in mind. Roll it on any multicolor ink pad, get it evenly on the rubber and roll away! You probably would want to include this tool on your creative rubber stamping supplies list if you do not own one yet.

* Embossing Markers: You can apply them directly to your rubber stamps using different colors for the image. Let them dry and then add your embossing powder on them. Then use them and apply them to your cards. I’ve learned that clear embossing powder works best!

Tip: Be sure to store your markers in a cool place to avoid drying out.

Today there are many rubber stamping companies with their own in house artist that design such images. Check out all the different companies and see which type of rubber stamps will work best for you.

Once you make an investment in stamps there are many enjoyable projects you can do with them and they will last you a very long time.

I hope all these handmade card making tools were helpful to you!. Don’t think you have to go out of your way to purchase all of this. Start small and once you get into doing your very own favorite hobby rather it is card making or scrapbooking, slowly you’ll start to collect many of these supplies. And before you know it you’ll have quite a collection! Have fun and enjoy creating creative crafts.

Aloha,
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Mahalo,
Keshia Fernandez

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So there you go, another way for making memories by making your own handmade cards.

Make Your Own Card – Woodblocks, Aluminum, and Painting with Light

September 5th, 2009

In this video project, Bre Pettis of Make: and Craft: magazine’s teaches you how to make three different holiday cards!

Duration : 0:6:13



This video will show you 3 ways to make your own card. The first is making a wood block print card. Then Bre Pettis will show you how to make aluminum cards. Then lastly you will learn how to paint with light in the air and photographing it with long exposure.

DIY wedding invitations, worth it or not?

August 26th, 2009

Is it really worth doing yourself, or too big of a stress?

It depends on how familiar you are with printing and possibly assembling invitations yourself. Do you have the time to play with it? Do you have patience to build the cards yourself? If so, then go for it!  You can always call on the help off others to make them faster.

It also depends on what kind of invitation you’re going for. The least stressful option for doing it yourself would be a boxed kind you can get at Target or other stores. If you’re trying to create an elaborate invitation with layers of paper, ribbons, etc, just be aware that most of the time this isn’t going to be cheaper than getting invitations from a local invitation store and you’re going to spend quite a bit of time with creating and putting it together. If you find the right place, employees at a store can help you find ways to cut cost, how to word everything, and show you what looks good together.

Homemade Cards Using a Gocco Printer

August 18th, 2009
Homemade card using Gocco print

Homemade card using Gocco print

Don’t worry if you have never heard of Gocco before. It is a very interesting, compact piece of machinery used to print on small card sized paper. This method will increase your productivity and help you create unique prints.

To illustrate how a Gocco printer works you can view the video at the bottom which shows the process from start to finish of printing  homemade cards.

The Gocco printer was invented in 1977 and was made to be a fast home printing system that was very popular back then in Japan. It used flash bulbs to imprint the original image onto a screen, which you then use as a master screen to print on paper. If you notice that I am speaking in past tense, this is because Riso Kagaku Corporation, maker of Gocco printers, don’t make them any more. This probably has to do with the popularity of ink jet printers. There is a group called www.savegocco.com who are trying to get the Riso company to resurrect Gocco. Until that happens, those who are wanting to buy this printer will have to go to a supplying shop and see if they have any remaining stock, or buy one second hand.

If you design your own cards, whether you draw an illustration or want to duplicate an image, make sure that the image is sharp and made up of mostly contrast. As with most screen printers, the Gocco printer does not convey gradients 100%.

Here is an interesting video that shows the process of printing cards using a Gocco printer. If you want to read the process of how to print with a gocco printer take a look at this article called How to use a Gocco Printer to make your own cards. In the mean time enjoy this video and the pictures the follow afterwards below.

This is one of many ways to make homemade cards. So make a drawing and print it on a card with a Gocco Printer. Your recipient might like the personal touch of a printed homemade card.

Below are some homemade card designs made with Gocco printer. They are from group of people who are very enthusiastic about Gocco prints and have shared their designs on Flickr.

Red rose wedding invite gocco print

This card was designed by Sarah Parrot | Peony goes to the Caribbean

blue love heart detective gocco print

The Gocco print was designed by So_su | psst

bird standing on a tree branch gocco print

This card was designed by Creativelyspun | Bird standing on a tree branch

Cornflower birds gocco print

This Gocco print was designed by Dee Beale | Cornflower Gocco Print 4

Spaceman gocco print

These cards were designed by Starashan | Spaceman

I hope that this has given you some new ideas for your next homemade card project.