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.
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.
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.
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.