Thursday, December 2, 2010

Card Making Tips

Here's another card idea that features a bit of quilling - just enough to impress the recipient (well, one can hope!), but not so much that it's overwhelming to even think of making a nice stack to send out to friends and family this year. Yes, there's still time - this card goes together pretty quickly, trust me. The full tutorial can be found at the always inspiring Craftzine.

My best advice when paper crafting is to use the highest quality supplies you can find. A fair amount of time can go into making a special card, so choose cardstock that's sturdy enough to stand tall, even when embellishments are added. Invest in a paper cutter that comes with a scoring tool - this will make your fold lines crisp and true. My trusty Fiskars cutter isn't at all fancy, but it gets the job done. Use a bone folder, or even the back of a spoon, to further sharpen those folds.

There are so many wonderful papers available... patterns, colors, textures, foil, vellum, you name it. For this particular design, I'd like to give a shout out to the velvet paper I used for the deep green and red packages. It comes in rich colors and cuts beautifully... actually, I think it looks and feels like suede even more than velvet. Whatever you call it, it's pretty fabulous stuff and especially nice for holiday cards.

Take care to use adhesives that truly hold the paper layers and extras in place. This takes a little trial and error... I've had my share of failures, so hopefully this list will help you avoid frustration. A favorite glue to use with regular quilling paper is Elmer's Clear School Glue because I appreciate that a little puddle of it to dip from doesn't develop a "skin", the way white glue does. Crafter's Pick: The Ultimate! is great for slick, pearlized quilling paper and for gluing acrylic or metal embellishments on a card. I usually use a UHU or Scotch glue stick to adhere card layers because they allow the flexibility of positioning adjustments. Double-stick tape and a tape runner are excellent too, but keep in mind they won't provide the same wiggle room.

Try to make your cards a standard size so they'll fit a purchased frame... this one is 5 x 7 inches, for example, or you might go with 4 x 6 inches. What a great compliment it would be if the recipient loves your card enough to frame it as a mantel decoration to display for many Christmases to come!

If you have any favorite card making tips of your own, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. We can all learn from one another!


SUGANTHI said...

Thank you so much for the tips Ann.I
The card looks like an easy one and looks so elegant.

Molly Smith said...

Great tips! I love this card, the dimension is just perfect! hugs xo

Ann said...

thanks for all the tips, I can use all I can get :). Love that card, I like the idea of adding just a bit of quilling

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Yuenie said...

Thanks for the tips, Ann!

I don't think Malaysia has Elmer's glue though =( I use UHU white glue, and wherever I accidentally touch it there's a "skin", like you say.

Love the idea of adding a teensy bit of quilling! So much less work =)


Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone!
Yuenie, perhaps there's another brand of clear glue available in Malaysia. I used to be able to buy a kind I liked that came in a clear, chubby tube with a red, yellow, or blue twist-on top from Japan that was called simply, Glue Pen. It was very good - odor-free and non-toxic.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card.

Cricket said...

Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment :) I love your blog. I hope you don't mind but I added it to my blogs I love page. I am very glad I came across paper quilling.
Have a great day.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Gail and Cricket!

Cricket, I don't mind in the least. What a nice compliment. :-)

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lotte chew said...

great tips!!!! thx!

talha said...

Enjoy these tips,I will try it by my own.

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