An introduction to card making

When it comes to making your own cards, there are plenty of different techniques you can try out. Some are more complex and may require a bit of practice – as well as some specialist equipment – but others are very simple and require minimal tools.

You may find you want to begin trying out some simpler card-making techniques before moving on to the more technical styles. But, if you’re feeling confident and want to tackle some more ambitious card-making techniques first, there’s no reason why you can’t. The beauty of card-making is that there are no rules – though do bear in mind that, as with most things, the more practise you put in, the more stylish and professional your cards will look.

So what are some of the most popular styles of card making?

1. Stamping

Stamping is one of the easiest and most accessible card making techniques, and for that reason, it’s very popular with beginners. Stamping involves using rubber stamp designs and ink pads to replicate images, letters, numbers, and phrases in your card designs.

To get some ideas for how your stamping designs could look, check out these stamping card designs on Pinterest  – and to find out more about how to use stamping in your designs, you might want to have a watch of the video below.

2. Masking

Masking is the next step up from stamping. It’s the process of placing one stamped image behind another and building up layers of images, using paper cut-outs to cover up the parts you want to leave as they are. By doing this, you’re creating a montage of stamped images.

To find out more about masking techniques, you might want to read this article by Card Making Circle or this tutorial by Split Coast Stampers. Alternatively, check out some beautiful masking card designs on Pinterest, or watch the video below to see some masking card making in action.

3. Layering

This technique is simply about building up an image using different layers. When each layer is slightly bigger than the last, you’re adding a three-dimensional look to your cards. You can even use foam pads to create more difference between your layers and achieve a more dramatic look.

To find out more about the best ways to use layers in your cards, you might want to read this article by Simply Simple Stamping – and to see some different ways you can layer up your cards, have a look at these images on Pinterest.

To watch some examples of the different ways you can layer up your cards and achieve different looks, check out the video below.

4. Quilling

Quilling involves rolling thin strips of paper into a coil and then using these coils to make other designs. By shaping the coil, you can create circles, hearts, flowers, suns, balloons, and many other types of designs. Once you’ve made your designs, you can stick them onto your card, creating texture and dimension.

Have a look at some of these lovely designs to see some of the different ways you can use quilling in your card designs. If you’re interested in seeing some more advanced quilling techniques, you might want to watch this video – and for simpler quilling techniques that are aimed at beginners, check out the video below.

5. Embossing

Embossing is the process of giving cards a textured appearance by creating a raised or depressed surface that forms part of the design or pattern. There are several different ways of embossing, most of which require a heat source, but if you’re just starting out, it might be best to use the simplest embossing method, which uses stencils.

There are many different ways to go about embossing your cards, from using specialist tools to repurposing everyday items, so to find out more, you might want to read this blog by The Paper Mill Store, or this embossing guide by Card Making Circle. Have a watch of the video below to see how you can use heat embossing with stencils.

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