How to Make Beautiful Handmade Cards for Beginners

Are you a beginner when it comes to making handmade cards? If so, this blog post is for you! Creating handmade cards can look challenging when you’re just starting, but it’s pretty easy once you know the basic techniques! All you need are some essential cardmaking tools, a bit of creativity, and a willingness to learn – you’ll be on your way to making beautiful cards with ease! 

In this post, we will teach you all the techniques you need to learn to make simple yet beautiful handmade cards that are perfect for beginners like you. Just read on, and let’s get crafty! 

What Are the Supplies I Need to Get Started in Cardmaking?

For a more in-depth discussion of the tools you need for your cardmaking kit in general, read our blog post on the 7 Must-Have Cardmaking Supplies for Beginners. However, when it comes to clean and simple cards, you’ll only need a few tools: cardstock, your favorite embellishments, some stamps, and ink, and you’re good to go! 

What Techniques Do I Need to Learn for Handmade Cards?

Handmade cards are a thoughtful, personal way to show someone you care. But if you’re new to cardmaking, the process can seem a bit overwhelming since so many cardmaking techniques and ideas are available! If you find yourself asking, “What techniques do I need to learn?” or “How do I design my cards?” then don’t worry because we got you! 

Here’s a quick overview of some essential cardmaking techniques that you’ll use throughout your cardmaking journey. When doing these techniques, remember that the most important thing is to have fun, be patient, and don’t be too hard on yourself! Cardmaking is a fun, relaxing hobby that focuses on the process rather than the output, so don’t worry too much about being perfect.


If you’re just getting started, it’s best to start with simple stamping. To use a stamp, ink up your stamp (the non-sticky side) with some pigment or dye ink. Then, press the inked up side on your cardstock using a MISTI tool or an acrylic block for smaller images. It’s your choice to choose where to stamp the image – in the middle, bottom, or side of the paper. Ta-da! You’re done mastering one of the primary techniques in making cards: stamping!

There are many different ways to use stamps in cardmaking, and there is no limit to what you can create. Here are a few ideas on using stamps to get you started:

  • Use stamps to create a background design. This is especially effective with large, open-space stamps. Simply ink up the stamp and stamp it onto your card base. You can create interesting patterns by overlapping multiple stamps or by using different colors of ink.
  • Make beautiful focal points on your card with stamps. Choose a stamped image that coordinates with your card’s theme, and center it on the front of the card. Add a sentiment above or below the image to complete the look.
  • Decorate the inside of your card with stamps. This is a great way to add a personal touch with sentiment stamps, and an opportunity to use smaller stamps that might be too delicate for the front of the card. Simply stamp images around the edges of the inside panel, or create a border along the bottom or top edge.

With these tips in mind, start experimenting with stamps and see what amazing handmade cards you can create!

Die Cutting

Once you have mastered stamping, try die cutting to add more dimension and unique elements to your handmade creations. Die cutting is a popular technique used in handmade cards and other paper crafts. It involves using dies to cut shapes out of paper or cardstock. Dies are like cookie cutters that cut dough into fun shapes, except your dough is paper! Die cutting can be used to create simple shapes, like circles or hearts, or more complex designs, like flowers and geometric patterns. 

Most dies are available in all shapes and sizes, so you can really get creative with this technique. To use dies, simply place your die on cardstock or pattern paper and run it through your die-cutting machine. Once you’ve cut out your shape, glue it onto your card base using adhesives!

You can use die cuts as accents, embellishments, focal points, or even as entire backgrounds for your cards. From cover dies to floral dies, you’ll never run out of ideas to work with, so try to learn die cutting today and instantly improve your cardmaking projects!


Another great way to add instant interest to handmade cards is with embossing techniques. Embossing is a method that involves creating a raised image on the paper’s surface, giving it a 3D effect. There are different ways to emboss. However, most crafters use embossing folders, embossing ink, powder, and paste, to name a few.

Embossing folders are usually made of plastic or metal and have a raised design on one side. To use an embossing folder, simply place your paper or cardstock inside the folder, then run it through a die-cutting machine. The machine will apply pressure to the paper, causing the raised design to be imprinted onto the paper. Alternatively, you can use an embossing pen to create a raised design on your paper or cardstock.

If you want to see how embossing folders work, watch this fun video: 


Of course, one of the great trademarks of a beautiful handmade card is the colors! Coloring is an excellent way to add personality to your cards. There are lots of different techniques you can try, and with a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create beautiful handmade cards that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you choose to work with inks, markers, watercolors, or coloring pencils, you will be exposed to different coloring and blending methods, so it’s best to learn them early. 

Start Your Cardmaking Journey With These Handy Techniques!

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get creative! Those are just a few of the basic techniques you’ll need to learn for handmade cards. There are still a lot of techniques to learn as you explore more and more materials and coloring mediums. With a bit of practice, you’ll be churning out beautiful cards in no time! If you’re looking for more inspiration and instruction, be sure to check out our blog post on more cardmaking tips

Thanks for joining us today. Have fun stamping, die-cutting, and embossing your way to beautiful cards! 

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