Hey Sweets, Michelle here! Today is all about basic cardmaking. If you’re someone who just bought some Sweet stamps and you’re not sure what to do next – this is for you. And I have a video below that goes into more detail.
So starting out, you need a few basic items:
The easiest way to get started with card making is to take a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″. When cut in half (on either side) this will give you 2 standard sized cards (most typical card size is 4.25″ x 5.5″).
The easiest way to embellish your card front is to make a photo matte. Since your card size is 4.25″ x 5.5″ you will want to cut your matte smaller than that (cutting by 1/4″ increments is the easiest way to do this). So for a card of this size you will cut your matte 4″ x 5.25″.
You can also use punches & die cuts to add dimension and shape to your cards. Use some foam adhesive to pop your stamped images off of your card to add even more dimension!
I also like to make 3″x3″ cards because these are perfect little cards for last minute gift giving (think kids’ birthday parties) or a small card to go on a gift bag. 6″x6″ paper pads are great for making these cards. Take your 6″x6″ paper and cut in half so you have 2 pieces of paper that measure 3″x6″. When folded in half you have 2 – 3″x3″ cards!
When using patterned paper for card making, sometimes the pattern that ends up on the inside of your card is a bit busy. So you can cut a matte to go on the inside of your card (like you did on the outside) 1/4″ smaller than the card and adhere on the inside.