5 Easy Card Making Ideas
Many people like the idea of sending handmade greeting cards, but feel like card making is too much of a hassle. However, you don't need to spend hours on each card. If you keep in mind a few basic card making ideas, you can easily make a customized card in 15 minutes or less.
- Use stickers, rub-ons, or chipboard accents with quotes instead of searching online resources for the perfect card making sentiment. Any major craft store will have products with quotes for every conceivable occasion, from birthdays and anniversaries to weddings and retirement parties. The artful typography on these products means you'll need very few other embellishments in order to create an interesting card.
- Work with your favorite patterned papers to form the basis of your card. Many of the patterned papers available today have bold designs that can be used as the basis of your card. Adding eyelets or tiny flowers into the center of a paper with a large circular print gives you a card front with handmade appeal in just a few minutes. Try outlining some of the paper’s design elements with a glitter glue pen for a bit of sparkle or applying flocking powder for a velvet-like texture.
- Use punches to create geometric designs for creative card making. Circles or squares punched from small scraps of paper can be lined up to make a simple greeting card. Punches of different sizes can be layered and attached with foam adhesive to add dimension to your card making project. You can also try inking the edges of the punched shapes with brown or black ink for a slightly distressed appearance or lightly sanding them with fine grit sandpaper in order to reveal the white core beneath the design.
- Look at websites offering handmade card ideas with sketches or try copying the general layout of some of the greeting cards you've received in the past. Adding your own personal spin to a basic card making project is much easier than starting from scratch. If you decide to submit a card making project for publication or enter it in a contest, however, it is customary to give credit to your source of inspiration.
- When you find a design you like, make several cards. Even if you don't need multiple cards at the moment, it's always a good idea to have a few extra cards on hand for unexpected greetings or to bundle together as a quick hostess gift. In addition, it's more efficient to mass produce cards than it is to start a completely new card making project each time.