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7 Must-Have Cardmaking Supplies for Beginners

Have you ever received a handmade card and thought, “Wow that looks great! I wonder if I can make one on my own?” Let today be the day that you finally do! 

From making them as birthday gifts to sending warm wishes, cards are one of the best ways to express your creativity, care, and sentiments. It’s a fun and relaxing hobby that anyone can enjoy and do. 

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However, like all hobbies in the field of arts and crafts, you need supplies to decorate and make your cards. This cardmaking supply list could be anything – from cardstock and dies to stamps and embellishments. If you’re new to cardmaking, figuring out what basic supplies you need can be daunting.

But don’t worry! We’re here to help. In this article, we’ll share seven essential cardmaking supplies that all beginners need. So whether you’re just starting or looking to add more products to your crafting collection, read on for the best cardmaking supplies for beginners.

What Are the Best Cardmaking Supplies for Beginners?

When it comes to cardmaking, there are a lot of materials and products that you can use. With each product, there are also multiple techniques and tricks to learn! If you’re a beginner, it can be difficult to figure them all out at once, so it’s better to know the basic tools you need for cardmaking and start from there. 

1. Paper

Celebrate Ephemera Set

Of course, paper is the foundation of any cardmaking project. You’ll need paper in various colors and patterns, as these can be used to make envelopes or card backgrounds. 

2. Adhesives 

Whether you’re using glue or double-sided tape, adhesives are essential for attaching different materials and designs to your card.

Instant Dimension Foam Tape

3. Cardstock

Papers & Envelopes

Cardstock is thicker than regular paper, making it ideal for matting and layering. It’s also great for making sturdy cards that will endure mailing.

4. Embellishments

Embellishments like ribbons, sequins, buttons, washi tape, and enamel dots add interest and texture to your cards.

Sequins – Antique Gold

5. Stamps

Hello and Hugs Stamp Set

Stamps are the perfect crafting supply for adding images and sentiments to your cards. You can also use them to create backgrounds, patterns, and designs. 

6. Inks

Mini Inks

Inks can be used with stamps or applied directly to paper with a brush or sponge. They’re perfect for adding color and shading to your cards.

7. Dies

Dies are cutting tools that can produce lovely shapes and images for your cards. They produce die-cuts, used as embellishments or as focal points of your card design. They come in all sorts of designs and sizes, so you’re sure to find dies that fit the style and theme of your cards.  

Wavy Outlines Die Set

Dies are pretty straightforward to use with a die-cutting machine. A die-cutting machine is an excellent investment since you will most likely use it for the entirety of your crafting journey as you buy other products that also use it (such as stencils and embossing folders). 

Add these seven supplies to your crafting stash, and you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful handmade cards!

Have Fun Crafting With These 7 Cardmaking Supplies! 

Gradient Cardstock Set – Green Meadows

So if you’re looking for your next hobby, give cardmaking a try! We hope you enjoyed this roundup of seven essential cardmaking supplies for beginners. Here at Altenew, we are always happy to help new crafters get started! 
Be sure to check out our All About Crafting blog for more tips and inspiration to guide you on your paper crafting journey! Good luck, and we can’t wait to see what beautiful cards you create!

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