E-D's Guide to Card Making
- First and foremost make sure you hold onto every card that everyone ever gives you (unless it's really hideous!). Old cards are so useful for cutting up and reconstructing into new ones. This is recycling at its best.
- Although at the outset making your own cards seems expensive, it's really not. Once you've bought a few raw materials you'll be set up. You can then just pick up bits and pieces as you go or when you come upon something you think would be really nice for a card. The Art & Hobby shop (http://www.artnhobby.ie/) do a really good range of card making materials. These can be a little expensive so don't get carried away. It is worth investing in good quality coloured cards with different finishes as the bases for your cards. They stock these in the Art & Hobby shop. I'm a fan of a brand called 'Anita's'. You can get a pack of 50 cards and envelopes with a variety of colours for €7.99. Also just to note that the Art & Hobby shop offer student discount so don't forget to ask.
- People LOVE handmade cards. Lets face it, it tells the person your giving it to that you like them enough to have made an effort to physically make something for them. Time + Effort = Brownie Points. Try and make your cards personal and unique for the people that are close to you.
- At first it can be difficult thinking where to even start. The key to handmade cards is not to stick anything until you have played around with the different parts you want to incorporate into your card and move them all around on countless occasions to see which way they look best. When you have decided carefully stick each of them down. Sometimes it's handy to take a photo of how you want the card to be assembled when it is unstuck so that when you are glueing and things move that you don't completely forget what way you had them.
- My top tip is; Layer. Putting different layers on your cards make them look more expensive and interesting. My must have item when card making is 'Sticky Fixers' (double sided sticky pads). Sticking pictures or decorations onto your cards using these give them a three dimensional feel and makes the card really pop.
Below see some shots of the items which are available for €1.49 in Dealz;