Express with Homemade Cards

Homemade Bird Card w/Envelope

Making your own homemade cards is creative, fun, satisfying, simple and affordable. They provide a unique touch that cannot be matched by mass produced cards. Handmade cards can be personalized in numerous memorable ways to fit the recipient to convey your warm, personal message. Who wouldn't feel special receiving something that was made just for them?

A sheet of cardstock can be divided into a variety of sizes to create cards. The most basic folds include: single, gate, C-fold (letter), concertina and Z-fold (accordion). But certainly it can get more creative than that simply by offsetting folds, creating rounded corners or decorative edges, changing the direction from portrait to landscape, and much more.

Card making techniques used to make greeting cards include: stitching, stamping, collaging, altered, stenciling, 3D decoupage, tea bag folding, heat and dry embossing, paper piercing and more. Techniques deliver new ideas as you mix and match for endless card making possibilities.

To make a card by hand, you only need to start with a piece of card stock. Everything added on to that is nothing but imagination! Basic tools include scissors, paper trimmer, ruler or a scoring board, and a bone folder. Various adhesives such as glue sticks, double-sided tape, tape runners, glue dots, and white glue can be used to adhere elements to the card stock.

Embellish away when finishing your homemade cards and include:

  • Scrapbook or handmade paper
  • Vellum or parchment paper
  • Stencils
  • Paper punches
  • Embossing gun and powder
  • Stickers and rub-ons
  • Stamps and ink
  • Markers and gel pens
  • Glitter, sequins, jewels, micro beads
  • Buttons, brads, eyelets
  • Photos
  • Ephemera
  • Memorabilia
  • Clipart

Just as you can make a card by hand, there are numerous printable cards available as well. Just download, print, fold and embellish. Templates can be printed and used with your own materials or you can also use digital templates that can be used as clipping masks to create your own cards. Every design can be one-of-a-kind and with the help of card making templates, patterns, and "recipes" you will be easily creating unique cards with tons of charm!


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