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Handmade Card Making Tips & Tricks

6 Jan 2023 | Projects & Tutorials

Handmade Card Making Tips & Tricks

Here are some ideas for hand made card-making:

  1. Use interesting materials to add texture to your cards, such as ribbons, buttons, or sequins. These materials can add a tactile element to your cards and make them stand out. For example, you could add a satin ribbon as a border around the edge of your card, or attach a button in the centre as a focal point. Sequins can be used to create a sparkling effect, either scattered across the surface of the card or used to create a design.
  2. Create a collage using magazine clippings, photographs, or other ephemera. This is a fun and creative way to make a unique card. You can use scissors to cut out images and words that resonate with you, and then arrange them in an interesting way on your card. You could also incorporate personal photographs into your collage to make the card more meaningful.
  3. Use rubber stamps or hand-drawn images to add unique designs to your cards. Rubber stamps come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and can be used to create repeating patterns or single images. You can also try drawing your own images, such as flowers or animals, using pens or markers.
  4. Experiment with different colour combinations to see which ones look best together. Colour can have a big impact on the mood and feel of a card, so it’s important to choose shades that work well together. You can use a colour wheel to help you find complementary or analogous color schemes.
  5. Add a personal touch by including a handwritten note or poem. A handwritten message makes your card more special and heartfelt. You could write a poem or a quote that reflects your relationship with the recipient, or simply express your feelings in your own words.
  6. Use 3D elements, such as flowers or small figurines, to add depth to your cards. These elements can bring your card to life and make it more interactive. You could use a hot glue gun to attach flowers or other small objects to your card or create your own figurines using clay or other materials.
  7. Try using different folding techniques to create interesting shapes or layers in your cards. There are many different ways to fold paper, and each one can create a unique effect. For example, you could try making an accordion fold, a mountain fold, or a valley fold. You can also layer several sheets of paper to create a sense of depth.
  8. Use washi tape or patterned paper to add a pop of colour or interest to your card. Washi tape is a type of Japanese masking tape that comes in a variety of colours and patterns. It’s easy to tear and stick, making it a great choice for adding decorative accents to your cards. You could also use patterned paper to add interest to your card.
  9. Consider using non-traditional materials, such as fabric or ribbon, as accents on your cards. Fabric and ribbon can add a soft, luxurious touch to your cards, and can be used in a variety of ways. You could use fabric to create a pocket on the front of your card, or use ribbon to create a bow or border.
  10. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try new techniques or ideas! The best thing about handmade cards is that there are no rules – you can let your creativity run wild and see what works for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things – you never know what amazing creations you’ll come up with!


Check out the papercraft supplies below to get you started on your card making adventure!

Samantha West

Samantha is the founder of Paper Creations Paper Craft. With a long history in childcare and kindergarten teaching, crafting, especially hand made cards and scrapbooking, came naturally to her. Sam has run the business for over 7 years.