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Top Tips For Card Making

A handmade card is meaningful to the recipient. They are just as attractive as store bought cards. They are one of a kind, not mass produced, with generalized sayings. Every handmade card is special and unique. They can be personalized specifically for the recipient unlike store bought cards. This week we have tips and tricks to help you succeed in your card making adventure.

Layering

The number one tip for creating an impressive card is to layer. Layering creates dimension and thickness to your card. Try doubling up on a sentiment on a card front to make it standout. Adding layers of paper will also add height. For an extra height try using foam dots. They can be placed behind elements to lift them off the paper.

Adhesives

Adhesives that you use when making your cards are important. Wet liquid glues can cause warping to your paper and elements. Warped paper and elements create an unfinished look. It is heartbreaking to put so much work into making a card just to apply an element and have the layers shrink and warp. Double sided Scor-Tape is perfect for card making. It will create a precision edge allowing you to place elements exactly where you want. It is also mess free and has no strong glue smell. Art Glitter glue is also perfect for cardmaking because it has a precision tip and has minimal to no warping to your projects.

Pairing Paper

The last tip is to pair your papers together. Using a solid cardstock with an accent paper will make elements pop. Solid colored paper can be placed behind patterned paper to create a border or a frame around the card front. Check out last week's project as a great example. 

No matter the occasion you make a card for, these tips will help you be successful at creating a unique one of a kind card. Family and friends will cherish handmade cards when they need a reminder of the kind words on that special day. 

February 25, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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