The work that goes into a handmade greetings card means that people automatically love them. They are appreciated much more than the general shop bought card because they can tell that time, effort and thought has gone into their card in order to be appropriate to them.
You can make a handmade card for any occasion and as the festive season draws near there’s never been a better time to make a start.
Select Card and Paper
If you’re a beginner in the card making world then it’s best to start simple. The first thing you should do is select your card and paper; once you’ve made a decision on the card you wish to use, choose a paper to go with it and cut it down to a size that’s slightly smaller than the card that you’ve chosen.
Try Out Different Ideas
Before you start gluing and taping try a few ideas and see how they look. Collect some bits and pieces like ribbon, flowers and any other festive decoration that you can find and play about with them on the card to get a feel of the designs that you like etc. Doing this means that you can try out loads of different designs without wasting any card or paper if it goes wrong.
Secure the Decorations Now
When you’ve found a design you’re happy with start securing the decorations. Secure the decorations to the paper before you fasten the paper to the card. By doing this your card will look neat and tidy as the paper fasteners that you will have used to secure the decorations will have only gone through the paper and not onto the inside of the card.
Use Photos in Matt Format
If you’re using photos on your cards then make sure that you print them in a Matt format. Glossy photos show up fingerprints and when cards are being picked up and read all the time, this is not a good look.
Handwritten Message or Print Out; Your Choice
Whether you prefer blank cards to write your own unique message or you’d rather print out a batch of generic ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ cards it’s up to you. If you’d rather print out a message then try out different fonts on a piece of plain paper before printing them out onto your card paper.
Make Sweet Memories
For the personal touch why don’t you print out a little ‘Hand made by…’ sticker to stick to the back of each of your cards; write your name and the year and always save one of each card for yourself, you could turn them into a keepsake scrapbook to look back on in years to come.
In order to make the best handmade cards you have to use high quality materials from recommended stores like Craft Site, as recommended by card maker Jenny Watts.