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Before you start making cards

Card making is an exciting and absorbing pastime that offers a simple and effective way to express your creativity, without having to learn complicated skills or buy lots of expensive tools.

You may not believe that you are very artistic, but the range of techniques to make cards is so wide that there is bound to be one that will appeal. You don't need extensive crafting experience or expertise to begin, a willingness to try out simple techniques and a little confidence is all that is really required.

You can pick up all you need to get started from your local craft shop, and there are hundreds of specialist websites if you're looking for something more specific.


What you'll need to get started...

  • Basic craft tools: a metal ruler and craft knife, scissors, a cutting mat, plenty of adhesives (PVA glue, glue sticks, sticky foam pads, adhesive tapes etc)
  • Paper: available in handmade, patterned, vellum, metallic and more. It's perfect for building up layers on cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, wedding stationery etc. 
  • Card: an ideal surface for making cards. It comes in a huge range of colours and finishes and can be bought in a variety of sizes. 
  • Card blanks: pre-folded card that has no design that comes in a variety of shapes, colours and finishes. Card blanks often come with matching envelopes. An aperture card is a two-fold card with a pre-cut shape in the front.
  • Embellishments: stickers, card toppers, stamps, punches, embossing folders, die-cut shapes, self-adhesive gems and pearls – the list is endless. It's really easy to get lost in the embellishments aisle.

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