This is a post for all of you who aren’t card makers. Sure, you love the idea of making homemade cards and, every time a friend has a birthday you absolutely intend to make and send them a card. Then you get overwhelmed by the idea of supplies and the time it will take to make a card so you put it off and before you know it, you don’t even have time to send your lovely friend a store-bought card and you post a birthday message on their Facebook wall and feel badly about yourself.
I get it. Although I’m a crafty person, I’m not into card making or scrapbooking and all the supplies and fussing it can entail. I’m not bashing either practice-I think they are wonderful, creative hobbies, but they aren’t for me. When I decided to start my stationery line, I knew I wanted to share my love of stationery and “snail mail” but I also wanted to be true to my purpose of showing women that they can bring bits of creativity into their lives, even in small doses. I decided to create printable cards and stationery so that you can find a happy medium between store-bought cards and handmade. My printables be printed and mailed as is but, if you are feeling crafty that day and have the time, you can add some personal, crafty touches to them and get your creativity fix. Either way is totally okay.
Here is my top tip for being prepared when the creativity bug bites: If you put together a few, basic, inexpensive supplies, you can dress-up any printable and feel like you were crafty. Just put your favorite supplies in a basket, get some card stock, and you are ready to go when the mood strikes and a birthday is pending. The trick is to limit your supplies and not slide into the hobby of collecting supplies rather using them! Too many supplies can make a girl feel like she has to use all of them and then overwhelm can set in.
Here are some of my favorite supplies, that I use over and over again, to make my printable cards look special.
Card Making Supply List
Glitter Glue-Glitter glue is less messy and easier to use than traditional loose glitter. You do have to wait for it dry completely before you put your card in envelope though so make sure you have the time and a place to let the card dry undisturbed.
Adhesive Foam Dots-These let you add embellishments and give the card a three dimensional look. You can print out two of the same card, cut out some of the visual elements and use the foam dots to make those elements “pop” out of the card design.
Sequins & Gems-Glue these onto the card, such as in the center of the flowers and you just made the card SPARKLE and become very special. Sprinkle some loose sequins in the envelope if you are feeling mischievous.
Glue pens-Less messy and faster drying than regular glue, these will hold light-weight embellishments in place without making you wait. Google-eyes are a very useful embellishment to use with glue pens.
Envelopes-Printable cards obviously don’t come with envelopes, so make sure you have a stack on hand. I’ve found that 5.25″ x 7.25″ envelopes will fit most of the printables I use. I buy them in packs of 50 at my local craft store (by the card making supplies) in white and craft paper colors.
Cardstock-I buy packs of white cardstock at my local craft store. I’m planning on doing some experimenting with cardstock weights and I’ll share the results with you soon.
Do you make cards? Use printables? What are your favorite supplies?
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Be sure to buy my Whale Valentines. They are great for school valentines! And don’t forget to add some sparkle to them with a little glitter glue!