If you’re the creative type you might like to invest some energy into making your own Greeting Cards. Not only are they cost effective, but they provide a memorable personal touch for the person receiving it.

Theme Ideas

Everyone appreciates a home made card, especially when so much thought has been put into it. Thank a friend who has been supportive or kind; congratulate the arrival of a new baby; design your own stylish Christmas Cards; or send a child a cool sparkly birthday card which reflects their current hobby or favourite cartoon character.

Keep the Kids Busy

Kids love a good card making project. Not only does it let them feel creative and proud of their achievements, but it also keeps them entertained for hours – especially on a rainy day or during the school holidays. Make sure you’ve got plenty of accessories on standby so that they can let their imagination go wild – and be sure to put down plenty of newspaper especially when dealing with glue, paint and glitter!

You Will Need….

Strong Paper or Cardboard
Glue
Sharp Scissors
Accessories
Pens, Paint and Pencils

Paper and Cardboard

The canvas for your card is very important. There are so many great options available which can provide your base –  from thick coloured card, to shiny glossy paper, textured rice paper, and top quality wax style paper. Remember that the better quality the paper or card you choose for your card, the less flimsy it will appear and ensures that it remains standing up. Visit your local $2 shop, bookshop, art supplies shop and stationery shop for a full range of choices.

Accessories

What makes a card impressive is the amount of detail which is displayed. But also remember that a simple clean-cut and stylish card can also provide a modern statement.

Art supply stores and fabric shops provide a great range of accessories that you can use to jazz up your card. Consider all your options like glitter, ribbons, stamps, stickers, badges and fabric to create various themes and designs. There are also a huge range of buttons on the market with funny shapes and quirky designs, which make great features on cards. Although you may spend a bit of money on these items in the beginning, consider that you are ‘stocking up’ for future card making projects!

Glue

It’s important to use strong glue when adding little knick-knack accessories to your card so that they don’t fall off when the recipient gets a hold of it. Super Glue is good, but remember that you need to be extra careful that you don’t bond your skin/fingers together. A strong clear PVC glue with a tipped edge is pretty standard and provides a good adhesive for fiddly accessories, ribbons and glitter.

Pens, Paint and Pencils

Express your creativity with calligraphy pens, art pencils and paint, which can make a card look professional and stylish. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money consider using old nail polish – the small brush is particularly handy for words – if the nail polish is a bit old and thick, just add a few drops of Nail Polish Remover into the bottle and shake up to thin the polish out a bit.

Stencils are also great options for a professional look if you wish to use words. You can pick up stencils from $2 shops or stationary shops in a range of sizes and fonts.

Recycling

A great cost effective method for home arts and crafts is recycling. There’s heaps of ways to consider the environment and make your cards look neat.

Consider cutting up pictures from old Christmas cards and attaching them to your card; recycle pre-loved earrings or jewellery; visit the beach and grab some shells; cut shapes from empty toilet rolls; re-use ribbons and gift wrapping as a background or to accessorise your card.

Kids love potato stamps too, which make great statements on cards. Just cut deep shapes into half a raw potato – such as a star or a face, and press into a coloured ink stamp pad before marking onto the card.

Copyright it

There are no limitations and so much scope to cover when designing your own cards. The sky’s the limit so go for it! Don’t forget to add a ‘Handmade by me especially for you’ statement to the back of your card for that true personal touch.

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