What is Card Making? Everything You Need to Know About This Popular Paper Crafting Hobby


Among the wide range of crafting options in the paper crafting world, card making is one of the most popular and meaningful crafts. Card making is a form of craft that aims to create a handmade card to give. The making and also the giving of the card create joy for both the giver and the receiver. Therefore, card making does not only create beautiful works of art, but it also motivates gift giving and the fostering of special relationships between people.

A lot of different techniques and products can be used to create a handmade card. Crafters from many different walks of life and crafting preferences enjoy making cards and bringing in their own creative twists to the art of making cards. They use many different techniques to put their cards together. These may typically include stamping, die cutting, heat embossing, and other popular paper crafting techniques. At the same time, many supplies and methods that are traditionally used for scrapbooking can also be used to create these little works of art. If you take a look at many handmade cards, you may often spot patterned papers and embellishments that were intended for scrapbook use. In that way, card making often merges with other paper crafting hobbies in fun, creative ways.

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Card making as a hobby has become very popular among crafters. Just as the hobby has expanded, so too have the sources for card making supplies, design ideas, and more. There are many places to find inspiration, from card making tutorial videos to craft blogs. Live and online classes are also frequent occurrences for crafters who want to dive into the world of cardmaking or simply wish to improve their craft.

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Industry updates

Greeting Card

The greeting card industry as a whole has become quite large. Gifting cards for various occasions is a very common occurrence. People have habitually been giving greeting cards for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and other celebratory occasions for years. Greetings cards are even used during tragic occurrences, and sympathy cards, get well soon cards, and other such cards are common, as well. People have always treasured a special personalized message from loved ones as they pass major milestones in their lives.

However, as has been the case with many other industries, technology has gotten in the way. The greeting card industry has seen a fall in recent times due to the invention of electronic greeting cards. Many people found it easier to send an e-card, as they have come to be known, then to physically pick up a card from the store and mail it. Despite the rise of the e-card, the giving and sending of physical cards could not be completely stifled. To counteract this phenomenon, greeting card companies began to try adding more of a handmade touch to their cards to add something a little more to the products they offer. Nothing could beat the special personalized touch of a physical card and a creative piece of artwork that could be held in one’s hand.

It may be interesting to note that card making is not a recent invention. In fact, its roots can be seen as far back as many centuries ago. Apparently, card making was a custom from the ancient Chinese. It was not until the 15th century that the custom had reached other parts of the world. Now, greeting cards are a very common occurrence. People especially appreciate that handmade cards offer a special, more thoughtful touch.

The different types of the product in hand

Cardmaking Product

Card making is a very huge and far-reaching crafting hobby and industry. Just as most creative hobbies fall on a range of different ideas, card making is a broad category that includes tons of different types of designs, styles, and crafting approaches. There are so many different styles of card making that crafters may use to create their handmade cards. These range from Clean & Simple to very extravagant, with lots of layers and embellishments. Each crafter tends to have a distinct style and often creates cards of a certain type. Therefore, crafters are often known for their signature card making style with recognizable features. However, crafters may also branch out and try crafting with a variety of styles, especially when they spend a lot of time making lots of cards.

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As with the many different styles, there are also different techniques that can be used to create different looks, designs, and textures. A brief scroll through a card blog or YouTube channel will show you just how many different ways cards can be made. Some of the most popular of these art techniques that are used for card making are stamping, watercoloring, decoupage, and mixed media. Card making definitely opens up a whole world of possibilities for crafters!

Handmade cards

Apart from a card’s style and the techniques that go into making a card, there is also variation when it comes to a card’s purpose. Handmade cards can be created for many different occasions. The most common types of cards that you will see on crafting forums are birthday and holiday cards (particularly Christmas cards), but cards can be sent for all occasions or even just to say hello. Other occasions include weddings, anniversaries, graduation, house warming, sympathy, get well soon, thank you, and more. It’s also important to note that many card makers enjoy exchanging cards with family, friends, and other loved ones to simply remind them that they are thinking of them. There doesn’t have to be an occasion to drop a special handmade card with a personalized message into someone’s mailbox to tell them you care. We like to think that the joy, time, and love that we put into creating a handmade card is then passed on to the recipient. Creating a handmade card is much more than just the art of creating a card; it’s a gift of joy and a ‘hug in an envelope’. In that way, the love and joy doesn’t end when the actually crafting component is complete. This is a big reason why card making is one of the most meaningful crafting hobbies.

Materials and manufacturing of the product

Crafting Supplies

There is no limit to types of materials and crafting supplies that can be used for card making. Card makers often dedicate an entire section of their house as their craft room or crafting space so they can store all their crafting supplies and get their crafting done in one place whenever they need to. There are so many different materials on offer for card makers. Some basic supplies that the majority of card makers have on hand often include cardstock paper, clear and/or rubber stamps, ink, embellishments, stencils, artist markers, dies, and in recent times, watercoloring tools. However, crafting supplies aren’t limited to these. Many other supplies can be added to your handmade cards. For example, ribbon, twine, stickers, enamel dots, and patterned paper are but just a few.

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Usage of the product

Cardmaking Stamps

One of the most popular techniques for creating handmade cards is stamping (CAN LINK TO THE STAMPING PILLAR PAGE). Almost any handmade card you come across will have involved stamping in some way, shape, or form. Using stamping techniques for card making can be implemented in a variety of ways. For example, card makers may use stamps to add sentiments, to add colorful images, or to add images to color. These images can then be colored using different mediums: colored pencils, artist markers, inks, watercolors to name but a few. When using stamping on your handmade projects you will also need to use stamping inks to transfer a stamp image onto paper (LINK TO INK PILLAR PAGE). Inks for stamping come in a wide range of colors. This allows card makers to make cards in many different color palettes, designs, and themes. Many card makers use stamping as the central point of their card. They may stamp a large floral image in the center of the card, color it in with their favorite coloring mediums, and then add a sentiment relevant to the card’s purpose somewhere on top or on the side.

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Another popular product to use for card making is the category of dies for paper crafting. These, too, come in different forms - coordinating dies, sentiment dies, cover dies and stand-alone dies. With crafting dies, card makers are able to quickly and efficiently cut out beautiful designs with a die cutting machine that they can add to their cards. This helps avoid the difficult and monotonous experience of fussy cutting, especially when there are lots of tiny details to cut. Dies that coordinate with stamps are especially popular, as they allow card makers to easily stamp and cut out images and layer them as they see fit on their cards.

Useful card making supplies

Other useful card making supplies are pre-printed papers and embellishments. These products can speed up time when card making, and there are lots of these available in the card making market.

A topic closing note

Card making is a wonderful creative hobby that lets crafters create beautiful mini pieces of art. Not only is this hobby relaxing, but it also can be very rewarding. These cards are given to spread joy to another.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Q1 - What is the best paper for card making?
A1 - This always depends on what you intend to do with it. For stamping though it’s always best to use a smooth white cardstock. This will make your stamped images stamp nice and smooth in the colors you choose to stamp with.

Q2 - What supplies do I need for card making?
A2 - There are a few basic supplies that you will need for card making, these being cardstock and adhesive. The next step is to work out what you may want to put on your card, be that patterned papers, embellishments, die cuts or stamped images. For stamping you will need stamps, ink and acrylic blocks to start.

Q3 - How do you choose cardstock?
A3 - This depends on what you want to do with it. For stamping it’s always best to use a smooth white cardstock. For die cut images you may want to use colored cardstock. If it is a layering die cut, having colored cardstocks in various shades helps.

Q4 - How do you use washi tape on cards?
A4 - It is very easy to use washi tape on cards. Simply unroll the desired length of washi tape and adhere into place on your card.

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