7 Creative Handmade Card Embellishment Ideas

Card making is a craft that can be as easy or as complicated as you wish to make it. It is a lovely handmade gift that your recipient will treasure for years to come as you have put so much thought and effort into it. There are many techniques you can use to make and embellish your handmade cards, some of which are discussed below:

Let’s check out the 7 creative handmade card embellishment ideas below:

1- Quilling

This is an art that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to make a decorative design. This is a popular art due to the low cost of the materials used to create it. Other than on cards, quilling can be used to decorate wedding invitations, scrapbook pages, boxes, etc.

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There are various types of quilling paper available on the market, such as acid free paper, graduated quilling paper and two tone paper. These can be alternated in projects to create various looks.

2- Embossing

This is the process of creating raised or recessed designs on paper and other materials. Embossing alters the surface of paper by providing a three dimensional effect on selected areas. There are many types of embossing that can be created, such as blind emboss, pastelling and glazing.

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3- Decoupage

This is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it in combination with paint effects, gold leaf, etc. Each layer is sealed with varnish, until the end result looks like a painting or inlay work.

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3D decoupage is the art of creating a 3D image by cutting out elements of varying sizes from identical images and layering them on top of one another to create depth. Pyramid decoupage involves cutting identical images progressively smaller, and then layering to create a pyramid effect.

4- Rubber Stamping

This is the craft in which some type of ink is applied to a pattern that has been carved onto a sheet of rubber. The rubber is then mounted on a block of wood for stability.

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You can buy stamps ready made or make your own. It is possible to carve your own image on something as simple as a potato to get started on this art. You can then progress to carving on erasers, which will last longer. Carving sets are available for those wishing to carve their own stamps, with all the necessary equipment.

5- Paper Cutting

This is the art of cutting paper designs. The patterns can be as simple or intricate depending on the cutter’s skill. The designs can then be stuck on card stock using glue to create a handmade card.

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6- Paper Marbling

This is the art of colouring paper to make it take on a marble like appearance. Marbling is created by floating colour on water and then transferring it to paper. This beautiful paper can then be used as a backdrop for your handmade creations.

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7- Calligraphy

This is a visual art that involves the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip writing instrument or brush. This script adds instant elegance to cards, invitations and envelopes.

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Jane Taylor loves arts and designing crafts as a hobby. She is experience in designing Moroccan accessories with unique designs. Follow her on twitter.