Fancy having a go at making greetings cards, but not sure
where to start - here are a few bits of basic equipment and materials you could
make a start with that should not be too costly:
A cheap way to get started is by buying some paper punches (as little as £2)
and possibly some fancy edged scissors, deckle edged ones are good to start
with as they do not need much lining up. When buying punches be aware that the
more intricate designs are not suitable for card only paper. It is
amazing how much use you can get from some designs, I am still using a little
teddy that I bought 4 years ago. You can always stick some on the envelope too!
Don't forget there are always pieces of coloured card around ideal for punching
- a chocolate box, magazine covers, old greetings cards.
Card - either buy some cards or some A5 sized card (Art and craft shops) and
some C6 sized envelopes, there are a variety of packs of cards and envelopes
Paper glue - eg Pritt Stick or double sided sticky tape
Tacky glue - something that will dry clear and is flexible, or PVA
Scissors - Long bladed and short bladed.
Scrap paper - I use this for keeping my workspace free from glue, always
working on a clean sheet, save all those pieces of paper that come in the post,
printed on one side only.
A good buy is an activity pack for children that has different card and paper,
a lot of stationers and cheap shops have these.
Check out the 'Inspirations' section for some places to shop, that are in every
High Street. And the 'How to' section for lots of ideas on where to
A fairly basic card consists of a piece of
card, and embellishment/motif, and something in between! I have described ways
of getting card elsewhere on these pages.
Here are a few suggested embellishment/motifs:
You can use fun foam to mount things 'off' the card, this will stick with
Pritt. Or you can but 3D sticky spots/squares. Stationers have these as well as
Punch outs - or 'the negative' of a punch out
Rubber stamped image
Something modelled from Polymer clay
Something painted with 3D paints
Bows - learn how to tie bows with ribbon (available on this site) - these will
often add to any design
Paper roses (available on this site)
Something cut from fun foam
Other items available from this site
Die cuts are available from lots of craft shops and on the internet.
And now a few things ideal for 'in between':
To glue card/paper to card I always use 'Pritt' stick or double sided tape, for
most other items I used tacky glue. This glue dries clear and is flexible, so
the motifs should not pop off in the post. I use Aleenes but I know this is not
available in all craft shops - but I would recommend the thicker the better, as
it will not run. It is not quick drying and may take up to an hour to dry
really clear. When using Pritt make sure you go right up to the edges, by
having your scrap paper underneath. Then mount on your card making sure
you do not put it on top of your you gluey paper. The tricky thing that will
come with practice is sticking it on straight and equal distance from the
sides! In the first instance it may be best to stick at the top of the card
rather than the middle, as there is less to line up. Make sure you have
compiled your card without the glue first so you know where you intend to put
Contrasting card cut with fancy edged scissors; ribbled; corners cut with a
corner punch; or plain. And don't forget you can use more layers to give a
'frame'. If covering a large area of your base card use thinner card as it can
make the whole thing 'front' heavy!
Patterned paper - there is so much about in craft shops
Mulberry paper (otherwise known as handmade tissue or silk paper), your desired
shape can be outlined on the paper with a wet paintbrush, and then gently
Fabric, choose interesting textures/weaves
Other card makers use double sided tape, you may find it easier to get up to
the edges with this and less mess. I would start with Pritt first as it is more
easily obtainable. I use double sided sticky pads a lot from Poundland that are
Have a look at the cards in the gallery.
These ideas are just to whet your appetite - you will be able to think of lots
more ideas once you get started, and you will need to extend the house to
accommodate all the equipment and materials available.
Go on give it a go - see how you get on!