Today I’m sharing some not so secret ways for any paper crafter to make cards. Seriously!
You can do this in 10 minutes or less.
Not a stamper?
Don’t own any dies or embossing folders?
You don’t need to, not for these cards.
Right now, YOU, have all that you need in your stash to make a thank you card for your bestie, or a teacher, or a family member. NO need to go to the dollar store or Hallmark. You don’t even need to leave your house. You have papers, embellishments, stickers, a computer, a pen and some washi tape. I know you have some washi tape 😉
Let’s get started and take a look at the cards below;
1. Die cuts
The card shown below made by Monique uses die cuts, paper scraps & a little bit of mist.
We all have leftover bits from die cut packs and sticker sheets OR maybe ones that we do like and won’t use on a layout. Put them to good use, before you store them away and make a card.
All you need is 10 minutes.
2. Washi Tape
I’ve got rolls and I know you do too. Tear it into strips as shown below on the Happy Birthday card & add a few enamel dots, a cut circle (free hand it if you need to) and some thickers.
3. Cut apart papers
Almost all paper companies put a cut apart paper in their collections these days and most of the time we don’t use them all. The little notebook on the card below is a 3×4 card with some added letter stickers and chevrons cut from some patter paper. Another Very quick card.
4. Chipboard Stickers
The floral focal on the card below is a chipboard sticker and the sentiment is also a sticker from the same collection. Those 12×12 chipboard sets are great for making cards, again with so many shapes included in those sets their might be pieces that you don’t like or will not use on a layout because they don’t appeal to you. A card is a perfect solution.
Most of us have a few stencils that we bought to use on a layouts to added some texture, mist or ink. The same can be done on a card pretty easily. On the card below a brick stencil was used with texture paste in the background. The pink heart polaroid can be made with mists or ink using a Heidi Swapp stencil. Make those stencils work for you and use them on a card where you can experiment with techniques in a smaller scale and without worry that you will ruin your layout.
My final tip is if you don’t have stamps for a sentiment on your card like the sample shown above, use your computer. Choose any font you want and after printing, cut it down into a small strip and adhere it to your card. If you printer is out of commission, use a pen or marker.
It really can be that simple.
I hope these five tips help you see that you can make your own hand made cards in a very simple way without spending more $$ on supplies or having to run out to buy one.
All of the cards shown above can be made in 10 minutes or less, give it a try next time you have your supplies out. Happy crafting!!