Card Making 101--Chapter 1

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hi everyone! My work schedule is finally back to normal and as promised I've brought my new series, ‘Card Making 101’! I’m so excited to share all the tips and tricks that I know, on making cards. This series will be totally free from start to finish and I hope you really enjoy it. If you've ever wanted to learn more about the tools I use or how to make cards these posts’ will definitely keep you entertained. I’m not a pro when it comes to card making, but I love showing others how to let loose and get creative! Today I’m starting off with chapter 1, which will consist of all the tools I use when creating cards. None of these tools are must-haves but these are some that I love using, and I’ll even show how to make cards without these tools, in future posts', for those who wouldn't want to spend money on something they’re not too sure about.  So, let’s get this party started. 
A.) Paper/Cardstock: To create a card base you can use any type of paper you like; however, I love using 8.5in x 11in size cardstock (in any color). You can find this paper at your local Michaels, Joanns, Office Depot, or even Staples. The reason that many card makers love to use this size paper is due to the fact that you can get two A2 (standard size: 4.25in x 5.5in) cards out of one sheet; and, I’ll talk about this more in chapter 2.
B.) Pattern Paper: You can use any type of pattern paper that you like. I like to use mini paper packs and single sheets purchased from my local Michaels, Joanns, or Lawn Fawn. You can use this piece to decorate your card; and, it adds so much color and flare to them.
C.) Paper Trimmer: This is the tool that I use to cut cardstock and pattern paper. It’s so helpful in cutting with precision. This can also be found at your local craft store.
D.) Scoring board: This is used to create score marks for precision folding, and comes in handy. However, you don’t need this in order to create cards. I have on because I make tons of them, hehe. I’ll go into more detail about this tool in chapter 2, as well. You’ll also notice number 1, which is a scoring stylus, and number 2, which is bone folder. Both tools help with scoring.
E.) Stamps: My favorite thing about card making are my stamps! I love collecting stamps—all types. Stamp types pictured are as follows: number 1—rubber stamps, number 2—acrylic stamps, number 3—photopolymer stamps. The differences in types and the kind of inks these stamps use will be described in more detail in chapter 2. 
F.) Ink: I love using different types of ink when stamp; however, the type of ink to use for different types of stamps was always a mystery to me—and I learned which inks work best with each type of stamp the hard way, hehe. 
G.) Acrylic blocks: These are used with the clear and cling stamps. They come in different sizes and shapes. These work so well with precision stamping because you can see through the block and stamps! You can find these at your local craft store. 
H.) Adhesive: I love using my ATG because I make a lot of cards for my shop (ATG, number 1) but you can purchase any other type of adhesive glider that will work for you (number 2). You can find a wide variety of adhesives at your local craft store. These are used to adhere your pattern paper, ribbon, and other embellishments you might want to add to your card. Card makers love using this type of adhesive because wet glue can cause the card to bend in really weird ways, haha, and these roll adhesives adhesives leave a nice finish. 
I.) Die Cuts: I like to use my die cuts from time to time, to cut shapes that I can use when creating a sentiment. For instance, these spellbinders and craft punches. They work so well and I’ll go into more detail about these in chapter 2, as well.
J.) Markers: great for stamps you can color in; and, great for coloring in paper-pieced images as well.  You don’t need this specific set of markers to color in your stamped images, though. You can use regular markers; or, even color pencils.
K.) Ribbon and Twine: I love using ribbon and twine to add flare to my cards, they are so pretty and come in such a wide variety of colors and prints. I can’t wait to show you how I use these.

That's it for chapter one! I can't wait to get started on this so you can get inspired and craft along with me or use this series in the future if you'd ever like to try card making. I hope I didn't confuse you with any of the crafting terms and tools; however, it'll get a lot easier when I'm showing you in detail how to create your own cards with these tools in chapter 2 and beyond. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back next Monday for the next chapter. 


  1. I'm so excited for this post. Thanks for sharing! I have always wanted to learn card making.

  2. this is going to be a great series! i have a lot of these materials, and love them! i'll have to get more markers, though, yours look really nice!

  3. I've also always wanted to know how to make cards!! I always see such beautiful cards on art blogs and I've always been enticed! Wow...I think I need to stock up on my AC Moore coupons to start getting supplies!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

  4. This is such a neat idea Nicole! I can't wait to see the tips and cards that you will share with us in the next lessons! :)

  5. looks like a whole lot of fun!

    enjoy *~*

  6. There's so many fun things to use!! Can't wait to see more about card making!

  7. i love seeing the Lawn Fawn papers and twine :) good job of sharing card-making basics, looking forward to the rest of your series.

  8. Those acrylic blocks make so much sense... I always wondered how you (and other amazing cardmakers) stamped everything s perfectly. lol. I love drooling over your supplies btw. :)

  9. Ohh I love your stamps the most!!
    You are describing here everything so simply and I really like to see all you are using everyday :)
    Unfortunetely they don´t sell most of this stuff in my state. Our local craft stores are pretty poor...

    xx Barbora♥

  10. Awesome post! I like the black boards you made. I'm one step closer to making my very first handmade card! ;)

  11. Great supply list! I need to beef up my stockpile of card making supplies, being able to see through your stamp is so helpful!

  12. I had to come and check out chapter 1. I'm interested to know about the different types of inks. Have you ever used chalk ink?

  13. This is very helpful for starters like me.. I am so excited for the next lessons. :)


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