As the words suggest, card making is a craft of making greeting cards by hand for any occasion or festival, such as birthdays, anniversary, Diwali, christmas, etc…. Hand made cards help us personalise the content (be it image or message)  of the card. Every card is unique as it is created for an individual, hence more meaningful than the one bought off the shelf, which are mass produced.

The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

By the early 15th century, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year’s greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-15th century.

However, by the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing and mechanization.

…..From Wikipedia

Tools for card making are very similar to Scrapbooking.

  1. Paper, Cardstock, Vellum, hand made paper
  2. Adhesive : wet glue or glue stick & double sided tape
  3. Markers, paint, ink
  4. Cutting tools : Scissors, paper trimmer, craft knife
  5. Ruler, Pencil, eraser, sharpener

Optional :

For cutting : swivel knife with templates, circle & oval cutters, rotary cutter, Decorative edge scissors,

For embellishment :  crimper, Punches, stickers, Die-cuts or the die-cutting machine, rubber stamps/ink pads, stencils, corner rounder or corner punches, embossing tool, brads, eyelets & charms

There are different techniques that can be used to create a personalised card. Listed below are few of them that can be handy while doing any card making project

Punching: Punches like rubber stamps are very versatile. Basically punches cut the paper in desired shapes & different sizes. Punches can be bought from any craft stores. They are used to decorate cards, make photo corners & matting, die cuts etc.. Different punch cutouts can be put together to create embellishments.

Paper tearing & crumpling: Tearing paper instead of cutting it using scissors is an option to decorate any scrapbook page. This technique gives a nice textured look at the edges & adds a character to your work. Different type of paper give different effect when torn. Paper crumpling is another way to add texture to your page. Just wet the cradstock with water sprayer. Don’t make the paper very wet. Crumple the paper & pull it from all sides. Let it dry for a while. You can chalk it up once dried to give some effect to it.

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Paper Piecing: Paper piecing is an art of putting different shaped paper cut-outs together to form a pattern. Any pattern like an animal or a flower or a doll, the one you want for your card. The most important steps involved in any paper piecing technique are – trace a pattern, cut required shapes using punches, templates, or freehand with scissors, assemble them and add details to it using colors.

Stenciling: Stencil is an excellent way to get an image on paper quickly. There are many stencil designs in the market that one can choose from. Color can be filled in through the stencil design using brush, brayer, sponge, fingers. One can use markers, chalk, ink pad, acrylic paints as color medium

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