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cardmaking for beginners

Making your own cards is a fun and stress-free way to express your creativity. Perfect for giving to family and friends on special occasions, card making is an enjoyable pastime that has developed through the decades. It can often be daunting to know where to begin when starting a new hobby, so we’ve put together four simple steps to get you started. From finding the right equipment to adding the finishing touch, follow our handy guide and you’ll discover all the tips and tricks you need to know to begin card making.

get equipped

As with most crafting, having the right tools is key. Before you begin, you’ll need all the essentials such as glue, scissors, pens and tape. These items can be brought separately or as part of a starter pack. If you’d like to incorporate die-cutting into your cards, you’ll need a die-cutting machine. This doesn’t have to be expensive as there are a variety of machines available which you can choose based on your price range and expertise. If you’d like to give stamping a go, then ink pads and a stamping platform would also be beneficial. Take the time to find the right tools and equipment for you as they’re often an investment. You can also read the reviews and watch our demonstrations to learn how to get the most out of your new card making tools.

pick your cardstock

Now, this next step is key! Having good-quality cardstock is important for creating cards especially when wet inks or dies are involved. It provides the base of your card so it’ll need to be strong, durable and high quality to work for a multitude of making activities. We have an extensive range of card blanks and cardstock available in a range of colours and patterns. From pastels to mirror, there is a selection of card types that will suit any occasion.

choose your die or stamp

Dies and stamps are often used for the centrepiece of the card. Dies are used to cut out a desired shape from a piece of card, and corresponding stamps are often used for backgrounds or sentiments. It’s easy to find a die or stamp that will work perfectly with the type of card you’re hoping to make as there are an incredible variety of sizes, shapes and styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking to buy as a set or a single, brands such as Sizzix, Tonic Studios, Creative Expressions and Crafter’s Companion are a good place to start.

add the finishing touch with an embellishment

An embellishment can often bring a card together. It’s great for adding an eye-catching sparkle, or for taking your card from flat to three-dimensional. Our range of embellishments includes glitters, buttons, flowers, peel offs, gems, pearls, ribbon, washi tape and so much more. It’s also easy and cost-effective to recycle embellishments from old gifts. Take a look at our selection and finish your card off in style.

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