Basic Card Making!

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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:

Cardstock/patterned paper, ink (I prefer Versafine or Memento), acrylic blocks, a paper trimmer, bone folder or scoring tool, and of course, your Sweet stamps!

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″).

SSS Dec blog post 8 Use a scoring tool (or a bone folder – carefully – in the groove of your paper trimmer) to get a nice, clean fold on your cards.

SSS Dec blog post 7 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!

SSS Dec blog post 4 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.

SSS Dec blog post 9 Don’t forget to stamp on the inside of your cards and on the envelopes!! It adds a little extra something to your handmade cards!

See the video for more explanation on the basics of cardmaking. And most importantly – have fun!! Be sure to follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook and Instagram for more inspiration!

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