Looking for ideas for cardmaking? Think of this page as a starting point. Who knows where it may lead you!
Use your relationship with the person who will receive it as the blueprint for your design. Base the theme on their likes, interests or hobbies. You can personalise it! Use their name, age, gender and even add your own poem or words of love. The thrill of knowing you have put in the thought, time and effort - JUST FOR THEM! - is fantastic.
A nice HAMMER or LINEN finish in White or Cream for a Wedding or Anniversary works well.
Girly pinks and blue for a boy may be obvious ideas for cardmaking but they work.
Mums may like purple or lavender, peach or pink whether it's for a birthday or mothers day.
Colour schemes for dads, brothers and men in general can be tricky, but don't have to be dull! Copper, Teal and Charcoal are available in some super finishes. For birthday or fathers day the choice is yours. There are Pearly finishes,leather look, marbled, glitter, matt, patterned -the list of colour and textural ideas for cardmaking is endless!
They can be made from paper, card, fabric, wire, fimo, plastic, metal, natural materials (such as straw and pressed flowers) and foam to list but a few. How about using flat-backed gem stones, ribbons, seeds, sequins, peel off stickers, fibres, buttons or beads?
Stamping with inks is very popular at the moment and you can achieve some fantastic effects.
There are plenty of stamp blocks to choose from. Your local craft shop should sell them or look online.
One lady I know uses a watercolour stamp and produces beautiful cards that look like a hand painted watercolour!
Another papercraft that originated in the Netherlands is Iris folding. Although simple, these intricate, spiraling designs are beautiful. They remind me of the overlapping shutters of a camera iris (yes I'm old enough to remember REAL cameras).
Hopefully these basic ideas for cardmaking will give you the incentive to try something new and exciting.
Other Block # 2 - 3 cards across
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