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Make Simple, Unique Birthday and Greeting Cards ~~ Helpful Ideas and Tips

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

Make Your Connections Personal

Collect materials that you wish to use to create cards for others.

Take a few minutes out of your schedule to relax and make special cards to send to a few special loved ones and friends. It will make you smile and the recipient as well.

Plain and Simple: Using a Calligraphy Pen

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This is one of my favorites: a quilled butterfly peeking out of a tiny door

SIMPLE AND QUICK TO MAKE....

SIMPLE AND QUICK TO MAKE....

How to:

You may ask, "How do I make a card? You may also ask "Why make one when I can go to Bluemountain.com and print one?" The answer is easy...it shows that you took a few extra moments to put together something special for someone you care about .

Is there one 'way' to make the perfect card?

And of course the answer is "NO".
The way to make a card is to gather what you have on hand and get started.

Simple. Yes.What to use:

plain copy paper, colored copy paper, construction paper, cardstock, buttons, sequins, glitter, stickers, lace, ribbon, quilled creations, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

The sticker aisles are filled with all kinds of clever decorations to attach to cards; watch for sales and stock up.

A Cricut is a lovely gadget to use as you can create many designs to attach to your card. Maybe you can put one on your Christmas or birthday list.


Must have tools for creative card making

These are stampin' write markers have a brush end and a fine tip point

These are stampin' write markers have a brush end and a fine tip point

Select a few add-ons to perk up lovely paper

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Say "I love YOU with a hand made card (more below)

Love cards: use a fun pair of scissors to make fancy edges

Love cards: use a fun pair of scissors to make fancy edges

A simple, handmade greeting card created by you speaks volumes to anyone who receives one.

Use calligraphy pens, brush tip sharpies, stickers, and other decorations to glam up your card. Write a heartfelt message and include a special quote that will be meaningful.You can add whatever touches to your card that says best how you feel.

The quotes I used were found at http://injuredlamb.hubpages.com/hub/I-love-you-quotes. I came across them the other day. They are from fellow hubber, Injured Lamb.

Make some cute little greeting cards for friends and family today.

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Great tips on layering....

Simple and elegant ~~~often, less IS more

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A sweet little decoration leaving room for your message

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Elegant and lovely a hint of shabby sheek

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Share a lovely quote

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Fold a corner up on crafting paper (on sale) and apply a cute sticker

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Owl ...basking in the spring warmth

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A small selection of stickers on hand, ready for use

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The Reason for the Season

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More Tips for the Perfect Card Made by YOU

Greeting cards for all occasions...

Today it is not uncommon to use the social networks, emailing, or texting to send greetings. They are great ways to remember a friend or relative. If you really want to say thoughtful take a few minutes and make a handmade card.

Greeting cards for any occasions or just to say "I thought of you today" are always welcome. Uncluttered but thoughtful.

Use calligraphy pens to change up your decorating style once in a while.

I have used felt calligraphy pens in the past but I have seen the calligraphy pens shown in the photographs being used and like the appearance of the work.

It was a bit of an adjustment using the new pen but I think I like it better than the felt ones. I can get a much finer stroke if I wish. This particular set has four interchanging tips that can be used.

Stickers of various types have been used to accent these new cards.

#2 Love cards

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#3 Love cards: attach a small heart that will add a little different twist

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Simple card craft


You know that it is so easy just to walk into most any of our favorite stores and find colorful, amusing greeting cards for almost any occasion. Sometimes that is fun as there is a large selection and you can find some unusual cards.

Receiving a card that has been made just for you says that you are thought of in a special way. That is why I began to make cards for others.

I have even begun to get my grandsons involved in card-making too. It was so much fun watching my eldest grandson before Mother's Day this year. He came to my house and made a card for his Mother for Mother's Day. The Baby, two years old, sat patiently in his brother's arms while Nini (me) painted his feet blue and smushed them on a pink t-shirt for his Momma for his Mother's Day Card. We have done hands for birthday and Mother's Day before this. On the back, of the shirt, we put big brother's hands and baby boy's hands. My heart sang. Their Momma was overjoyed with her surprises.

Hand Written Message Written with Fancier Calligraphy Pen

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Hand writtien with thin side of calligraphy pen

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Another Great Option: Stampin' Up!

If you are so inclined and wish to invest time and money in creating splendid cards, Stampin' Up! might just be what you are looking for.

The stamps are not inexpensive even on Ebay but if you know this is a hobby you would consider as more than a passing fancy, it could be something to explore.

There is such a wide variety of stamps that creating unique cards can be accomplished with ease.

My sister has a skadillion which she has collected over the years.

She of course has the inks that accompany the stamps.

In the photos, I show a small fraction of her Stampin' Up! collection.

Watch for sales at Joanne's or Michael's...sometimes you can find a 40% off coupon that will hep out with your purchases.


Stamps All Organized in Their Little Case

just a sampling of her many stamps....

just a sampling of her many stamps....

An Array of Inks for Making Cards Using Stampin' Up!

so many lovely shades of ink

so many lovely shades of ink

A Peek at a Few of the Stamps

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A Card with a Religious Note

This card was made by my sister...

This card was made by my sister...

A Greeting for a Friend....

Another card made by my sister....

Another card made by my sister....

At a glance...

* not mandatory but very nice to have so clean up is ot necessary each time you must stop
**not required but a wonderful asset

Materials and suppliesto have on handfor card making

a work space dedicated to card making*

assorted paper---a variety of colors and textures

calligraphsy pens, pens, sharpies, fine tipped markers, colored pencils

stoclers---a large assortment

scissors

craft glue

an assortment of ink to use for calligraphy

paint bruhses

paint for use on paper

bejeweled stick-ons

a cricut** + cartridges

rub-on letters

stencils

precut cards (for card-making)

an assortment of envelopes

Calligraphy Pen Set

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Tip

It occurred to me that not every one will wish to purchase special writing tools. You can make lovely hand written cards with magic marks, pens, and pencils, and inexpensive calligraphy pens. A sampling of a few ways to accomplish this are shown.

Hand written greeting using a simple magic marker

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Grandbaby's 2nd birthday...

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MAKE A SECRET DOOR TO OPEN WITH A SPECIAL SOMETHING TUCKED INSIDE...

MAKE A SECRET DOOR TO OPEN WITH A SPECIAL SOMETHING TUCKED INSIDE...

INSIDE DRAW OR PLACE CUT OUTS OF SOME OF YOUR GRANDBABY'S OR CHILD'S FAVORITE THINGS...

INSIDE DRAW OR PLACE CUT OUTS OF SOME OF YOUR GRANDBABY'S OR CHILD'S FAVORITE THINGS...

Randomcreatvie shares numerous creative ideas.

Randomcreative's hub shows a variety of card making ideas that will be sure to enchant and that you will enjoy making.

http://randomcreative.hubpages.com/hub/Greeting-Cards-with-Balloons

Randomcreative also has another greeting card hub that uses buttons very creatively.

http://randomcreative.hubpages.com/hub/Button-Greeting-Cards-Ideas-Handmade-Homemade-Card-Making


A Cricut is a wonderful thing

If you have a Cricut you can also make a variety of embellishments for your cards

You can purchase a wide variety of cartridges to use with your Cricut. These allow you to be as creative as you wish....

When I first received a Cricut as a gift earlier this year, I had not been able to make many cards before publishing. I have been having so much fun cutting out different designs with it.

Most of the cards I have made were mailed before I remembered to photograph them. Periodically, I will add new ones for you to enjoy.

As I add more cartridges to my collection, more cards pop up. Thanks mainly to my sister, I have a new cartridge almost every month. I have not abandoned my other card making techniques. I still use them as well.

An Assortment of Cutouts

getting ready to make a card

getting ready to make a card

more cutouts...having fun learning about my Cricut

more cutouts...having fun learning about my Cricut

.....ready for spring yardwork

.....ready for spring yardwork

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flowers bursting out all over...

flowers bursting out all over...

Spring cards

My Cricut was a crafting tool that I had so much fun using. Now I have passed it on to my daughter and when I wish to use a Cricut cutout, she gladly shares.

Both of my sisters were born in April so I made birthday cards for them last year that my trusty little Cricut helped me create.

When Spring came, I was surrounded by all of the things that I love about spring. I tried to capture a little of it by making simple little cards and sharing them with you via photos.

supplies

  • cards, envelopes
  • calligraphy pen if desired
  • pen
  • print outs from free on line sticker sites (if desired)/glue/scissors
  • stickers
  • peel and stick letters
  • rub on letters
  • clothes pins or other 'accessories'
  • bejeweled sticks ons
  • ribbon

You can use all or some of these to make your cards. YOU can make these to send or you can do this with children.




What you need...

For my cards, I went to a craft store that has a large selection of stickers. Luckily, the stickers were 40% off that day! I try not to pay full price. It can become quite expensive. As for me, I am trying not to go over budget.

An alternative to purchasing the stickers is, of course, printing them from online sticker sites. The down side to that is you will need to cut and paste unless you find those you can print onto 'sticker paper'. And, of course, there are products you can buy to install on your computer that will allow you to create and print.. If you are really lucky, you may have a machine that creates all kinds of crafts like the Cricut.

Supplies:

  • cards, envelopes
  • calligraphy pen if desired
  • pen
  • print outs from free on line sticker sites (if desired)/glue/scissors
  • stickers
  • peel and stick letters
  • rub on letters
  • clothes pins or other 'accessories'
  • bejeweled sticks ons
  • ribbon

You can use all or some of these to make your cards. YOU can make these to send or you can do this with children.


...Assemble as you wish

Add a little extra flair to envelopes too..

Add a little extra flair to envelopes too..

Shopping for supplies

Your budget is a consideration. You can find some of what you need at one store and then travel to another to get the rest if store-hopping will save money. You can also order on line---just watch those shipping charges. These are suggestions...if yo

Joann'sMichael'sTarget (limited selection)

Walmart (limited selection)

Ebay

Amazon

Hobby Lobby

Overstock.com

Paperwishes.com

HSN.com

 

 

TIPS about shopping

  • At Walmart and Target you can find some of the stickers and craft materials and they usually are less expensive than a specialty craft store. However the selection is limited:
  • Joann's and Michael's have weekly coupon offers that can be quite helpful when shopping for craft supplies. They also have frequent sales on stickers and other add-ons to place on your cards. Another great perk about Joann's and Michael's is holiday stickers and add-ons are often dramatically reduced after a holiday and during the summer. Check our that section each time you visit those stores.
  • Ebay and Amazon are other places to consider...it takes frequent checking back but since it is on line you are not driving hither, thither, and you in search of a bargain.
  • Along those same lines: you may find one item is cheaper at one store but if you are driving long distances to purchase that one item, it may not be cost effective unless you are buying enough of the item so that you will not read to return there for months.
  • On line purchasing is great but shipping charges can add up.



Select and Create

You have assembled all of your supplies and now you are ready.

When I make the card, I think specifically of the person for whom it is being made. I try to personalize it is some way with a special 'something' that person likes.

Sometimes I use a calligraphy pen to make it really fancy. That is how I made all of my Christmas cards this year. I used a 'regular' pen on this one.

The rub-on or stick-on letters are suggested if you wish. I did use them on some of these cards but not all of them. I have them though for my next craft.

So, have fun. I did not go overboard when designing the cards ...some are very simple and straightforward because I liked the look of them. For smaller children, I kind of went 'sticker crazy' as it just seemed like more fun to me.

Stickers ....

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Stick-ons for All Occasions

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Hand Written Greeting Using Broad Side of Calligraphy Pen

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A Little 'something Extra'

When the cards are all decorated, they are placed in envelopes. When I decorate the Valentine envelopes, I make a little design below the person's name and place a heart on either end of it.

If the person's name lends itself to it, I will put hearts on some of the letters in the name, just for a little smile.

When all finished, I am ready to place them in a box. Why a box? Because the the card is not all I send. I find some inexpensive little trinkets to send along. This time here is what I am sending:

  • a sampling of left over stickers for each child
  • a small picture frame for the teenage girls
  • squishy animal key chains
  • Wooly Willys (picture with magnet to make face on Willy)
  • a 'Chinese food container' filled with tiny candies in a tiny baggie

I spent less than fifty dollars exclusive of shipping and made about 20 cards. (not quite finished)

Caution:

When mailing cards, note the following information:.

If you have stickers that are 'raised' on your card, they may catch on the machine in the post office as the mail is sorted. I was informed of this by a postal worker. For a small fee, you can add extra postage and your card will be marked so it will not go through the machine. If you have ever gotten a card that looked somewhat disheveled, that may have been the reason.

There are much more sophisticated ways to prepare cards. Stamping is very popular. One day I will do that perhaps. But for now, this is a way I have of connecting with family I do not see often.

...a Extra Little Something

wooly willy and key chains

wooly willy and key chains