Basic Supplies for Making Handmade Greeting Cards

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One of the most popular papercrafting projects is handmade greeting cards. And, what’s not to like about greeting cards made with love? I have made a few of my own and given them to people I care for.

Are you thinking of making your own handmade cards? Here are basic supplies you will need to get started:

Cardstock – Papers for cardmaking come in various weight, color and texture. You will find them at most art and craft stores, both brick-and-mortar and online. I recommend cardstock that weighs at least 60 lb. If you’re making a card with some embellishments (like gems, beads, or wood veneers), go for cardstock that weighs at least 90 lb.

Cutting tools – A pair of good, sharp scissors is most handy. If you plan to make several cards out of 12 inches by 12 inches cardstock, I suggest you invest on a paper trimmer. I use a Cricut paper trimmer for much of my scoring and cutting needs. But you can always go for other brands like Fiskars, We R Memory Keepers, Martha Stewart, etc.

Ink and stamps – Rubber stamps save you a lot of time. Get a few designs that you think you can use several times over (e.g. Christmas, Thank You, Birthday). Use your stamps with a permanent archival ink pad. I use Ranger, Memento, and Hero Arts.

Envelopes – Done with your cards and ready to mail them? Get a pack of envelopes from the stationery store, label them, and then head off to the post office. 

Cardmaking techniques are available in books, websites, and free online cardmaking classes. Never hesitate to learn new tricks and enjoy your papercrafting supplies. And, remember to take photos of your fabulous card creations! 

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