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7 Easy Tips and Tricks for Making Cards Like a Pro!

As paper crafters, one of the main projects we love doing is creating cards. There are so many possibilities when it comes to cardmaking. It’s such a fun, relaxing, and easy hobby that’s perfect for crafters of all levels – beginner or pro!

However, there comes a time in every crafter’s life when we can all agree that the biggest struggle in cardmaking is coming up with new ideas every time (LOL!). It’s hard to get stuck in a crafting slump! 

So whether you’re a seasoned cardmaker looking to try something fresh with their projects or a beginner learning some tips, look no further for cardmaking ideas! It’s time to level up your cardmaking game with this blog post! We’ll share seven fun cardmaking tips and tricks that will have you making beautiful cards in no time. With just a few simple changes, you can take your cards from drab to fab. So what are you waiting for? Read more to find out how! 

The Best Cardmaking Ideas To Spruce Up Your Projects

Maybe you’ve been making cards for a while but you’re looking for ways to take your cards to the next level. If so, then this blog post is for you! Keep reading to discover seven easy tips and tricks for making beautiful, one-of-a-kind cards that impress your friends and family.

1. Get Creative With Layers

Whether it’s layering dies, layering stamps, layering stencils, or layered papers, it’s nice to experiment with different paper textures and weights to add dimension to your cards. You can try easy techniques such as matting and layering cardstock to create a raised focal point for your card, like the design below by Erum. 

Just simply cut layers of cardstock into square pieces. When you make your first square cut, make sure that the succeeding squares are smaller, until you can create a raised platform. 

Another variation of this layering technique is with stencils. You can use different materials to create textured layers in your cards, resulting in a unique and wow-worthy card, like the one in Therese’s video below:

2. Think Outside the Rectangle

Don’t be afraid to try out new shapes for your card bases – circles, triangles, and even hexagons can add a unique touch!

If you’re struggling of thinking how to incorporate a challenging shape such as a circle into your projects, say no more and watch this engaging tutorial by our talented Nicole: 

3. Engage With Some Embossing Fun

Get embossing inks, powders, and folders to level up your projects. Add some extra interest to your card with an embossed background or embellishment. Heat embossing is especially fun to play with!

Embossing techniques can create raised images for your cards that make them come to life! 

4. Go for the Gold

Gilding flakes and golden hot foil rolls are easy ways to make any card look luxurious. Gilding flakes are small pieces of gold that are used to decorate surfaces. They are usually applied with an adhesive, and can be used on a variety of paper crafting projects. To use gilding flakes, simply apply them with adhesive and rub away the excess for a beautiful gilded effect.

5. Nurture Nature by Making Card Scenes

In a way, cardmaking is like creating a story – except you use embellishments, stamps, dies, and other decorations instead of words. In making your card, why not tell a story about nature? 

Add leaves, flowers, or even tree designs for a natural scene that’s sure to please the recipients of your cards. You can even find inspiration on walks or in your backyard to design your nature card! 

6. Discover the Wondrous Uses of Washi Tape

Washi tape comes in endless colors and patterns, so it’s perfect for adding a pop of color or pattern to any card design. Get creative with how you use it – there are no rules! 

7. Have Fun and Keep It Sweet and Simple

Sometimes less is more, and that’s true in cardmaking! A few well-chosen embellishments can make a card shine. What matters the most is you have fun making your card design and choose the techniques that would stay true to the meaning and theme that you want to express! 

Metallic Thread Set

For some cardmaking ideas for CAS (clean and simple) cards, take a look at this tutorial by Amber:

Some Easy Cardmaking Tips and Tricks

  • One of the keys to successful and easy cardmaking is staying organized. This means having a dedicated space for all your supplies and a system for keeping track of what you have and what you need.
  • Invest in high-quality supplies. When looking for crafting products, make sure to buy from a reputable brand because you’ll be using these tools for a long time. 
  • If you’re feeling stuck or uninspired about what message to put in your card, then turn to our Card Messages page for some ideas and inspiration. You can also decide on the theme of your card by browsing through our list of special occasions and holidays!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different materials when making cards. In addition to traditional cardstock and fabrics, you can also try creating with fun patterned papers!
  • When it comes to cardmaking (or any kind of crafting), there’s no need to rush—take your time and enjoy the process! This is especially important when trying new and challenging techniques; rushing will only lead to frustration (and probably ruined materials).
  • Last but not least, remember that crafting should be fun! If you’re not enjoying yourself with the technique you’re trying, then take a break or try something else altogether. 

We hope this blog post has inspired you to try these fresh cardmaking ideas! Remember—the best way to improve is simply by practicing and having fun along the way. If you want to learn more cardmaking techniques, tips, and tricks like these, make sure to drop by our Card Blog! You’ll surely find inspiration for your next project there!

So what are you waiting for? Start creating some beautiful cards today!

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