Mixing and Matching: A Guide to Creating Unique Cards with Various Supplies

Last Updated: January 3, 2024

A colorful, wave-themed card with the inspiring message "Today is going to be a great day"

Has mixing and matching supplies ever been an issue with your card making projects? If you've ever found yourself stuck in a rut using the same old materials for your handmade cards, it's time to shake things up.

Let's discover how we can mix and match supplies to create cards that will leave everyone saying, "How did they do that?"

1. Unleash Your Inner Picasso.

Gone are the days of sticking strictly to one type of paper or a single set of markers. It's time to channel your inner Picasso and mix things up! Imagine watercolors meeting glitter, or maybe a marriage of washi tape and metallic pens. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.

2. Break Free from Card Making Norms.

Who says cards have to follow a certain formula? Break free from the traditional card-making norms and experiment with different sizes, shapes, and textures. Don't be afraid to think outside the rectangular box – try circular cards, gatefold designs, or even a quirky pop-up surprise inside. The more unconventional, the better!

A Jennifer McGuire gatefold card with the sentiment "Sending my love", created from Altenew supplies and materials

3. Raid Your Craft Stash (You Know You Want To).

We all have that stash of craft supplies that's been gathering dust. Well, it's time for a raid! 

Dive into the depths of your collection and pull out those bits and bobs you forgot about. That funky patterned paper, the sparkly embellishments, or even those quirky stickers—everything is fair game. Your cards are about to get a serious upgrade!

4. Embrace the Mixology of Colors.

Monochromatic schemes can be beautiful, and even just a dash of creativity always brings them to the next level. But it’s also important to remember that mixology isn't just for cocktails; it's for colors, too! 

Experiment with pairing unexpected shades, have fun with gradients, and throw in a pop of neon when you least expect it. Your cards will become a vibrant kaleidoscope that's sure to catch everyone's eye.

A "Be happy" card with a rainbow-themed background and butterfly silhouette design

5. Texture Talk

Texture adds a whole new dimension to your cards. Incorporate fabrics, embossed papers, or even a touch of burlap for a tactile experience. Whether you're creating a cozy winter scene or a beachy summer vibe, let your fingertips guide you as you explore the world of textures.

A birthday card with a textile-inspired background texture and a raised floral decoration

6. Get Inspired Everywhere (Yes, Everywhere).

Inspiration is hiding around every corner. Take a cue from nature, your favorite movie, or that funky vintage store downtown. Look for patterns, motifs, and color combinations that spark your creativity. 

The good news is, here at Altenew, we’ve made it easier for you to find inspiration! We have monthly Inspiration Challenges, Creativity Unlocked features, blog hops and video hops, YouTube tutorials, and more! The world is your crafting oyster and with our free crafting inspiration resources, you’ll never run out of ideas for your next project!

7. Share the Card Love

Once you've mastered the art of mixing and matching, don't keep your newfound skills under wraps. Share your unique card designs with the world! One of the easiest ways is to showcase them on social media. 

Pro tip: Use the hashtags #Altenew, #Altenewlove, and #handmadecards so that you can share your creations with our community of crafters!

Moreover, whether you're mailing them to friends or participating in a local craft fair, don’t hesitate to spread the card-making joy far and wide.

Some Amazing Examples of Mixing and Matching Supplies

We at Altenew have some very inspiring examples of supply mixing and matching, straight from our Daily Inspiration Card Blog! Let’s take a look at some of the most unique, but dazzling, combinations!

2 Brilliant Stencil Designs featuring Textile Patterns

Crafter Jaycee shows us how we can create amazing card designs with cozy, textile-inspired patterns!

A "For you" card with the Sweater Pattern Builder Stencil design
A thank-you card with the Watercolor Stripes Stencil design

The two card designs were based on the Sweater Pattern Builder Stencil and the Watercolor Stripes Stencil. For more details, check out Jaycee’s blog post here, or watch his YouTube video below!

Midnight Moths | Set of CAS Watercolor Cards

Unlock your creativity by checking out Aga’s spin on using the Midnight Moths Stamp and Die bundle to create a Clean-and-Simple yet unique card design!

A set of Clean-and-Simple thank-you cards created with the Midnight Moths Die Set
A set of Clean-and-Simple thank-you cards created with the Midnight Moths Die Set

These exquisite moth designs can be paired with any background, or stand alone with minimal designs on a minimalist card, just like what’s featured in this blog post. As Aga puts it:

“To me, these moths look like flowers blooming in a garden and that’s what inspired me to create today’s set of cards.”

2 Bright Stencil Techniques | Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set

Finally, we have another edition of Take 2 With Therese, showcasing the versatility of the  Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set!

Two cards crafted with two different techniques and the Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set

Why make just one card from one stencil design? Even a simple choice of using different color families can bring exquisite results like these cards! Therese uses the reverse image technique for the first card, then switches up to using a second stencil to create a focal point for the second card!

A sympathy card crafted with the reverse image technique and the Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set Jeffry Quiñanola Jeffry Quiñanola 8:23 PM Jan 1 An "Enjoy" card crafted with a circular stencil and the Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set
An "Enjoy" card crafted with a circular stencil and the Majestic Mountains Layering Stencil Set

Check out her blog post for more details, or craft with her in real time as you watch the video tutorial below!

Experiment With Unique Designs Today!

Mixing and matching supplies for your card-making ventures isn't just about creating pretty pieces of paper. It's about injecting your personality, experimenting with the unexpected, and having a blast while you're at it. 

So, gather your supplies, let your creativity run wild, and get ready to dazzle the world with your standout card designs! And if you want more unique card-spiration and ideas, feel free to visit us In the Craft Room. Craft on, dear friends!

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