Michael Walker

Creative Handmade Cards - Design Fundamentals


Did you recognize that making and sending cards to friends and family is a practice that is more than 200 years of ages? Yep, it’s true. They claim the earliest card out there was made in the 1400's. It is a Valentine's Day card and it is in the British Museum. You see paper Valentine's were preferred in England, specifically if they were handmade.

Why make a card instead of getting one? Well, when you make a card it shows the recipient that you care, that you are sincere regarding sharing their celebration. It makes the card really special for them, given that you are producing a distinctive card just for them.

I know, now you are most likely saying that you’re not innovative and you couldn't attract a stick number let alone make a card. Any individual can be imaginative with rubber stamps, some paper, embellishments, ink and glue! When you make your very first card, you'll be connected!

You'll need some basic crafting tools to make your cards. These would consist of paper, commonly business card supply, sticky (adhesive), ink, stamp, a bone folder, paper leaner and decorations like buttons, bows and or brads.

Most handmade card are made using the basic 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, given that you can obtain two cards out of one sheet of paper. After reducing the sheet in half, you would after that fold up that paper in half and crease it with a bone folder to develop a card that is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". This will fit in a typical A-2 envelope (News).

An integral part of making an imaginative card is the layout. This may be a little bit technological but please bear with me. In art make-up there is the basic guideline of thirds. This is where you divide your paper right into thirds flat and vertically, developing 9 similarly spaced boxes. You would put the focus of your card along or on the intersections of these lines. What this does is keep you from positioning the emphasis in the center of your layout. So, as an example, if you have a stamp of an ocean with a sunset, the perspective needs to not split the card completely in half. Adhering to the policy of thirds creates power and interest. The energy and interest this creates happens subconsciously without you ever before understanding it.

Also, consider your selection of colors. Selecting the appropriate colors for your card would certainly rely on the event, the recipient and or your individual choice. For example bold, happy shades would benefit a birthday celebration or get well card.

Select your images and belief. Once more this relies on personal preference.

Select the ink shades. Remember you found out about corresponding, second and tertiary shades in grade school? Well now's your opportunity to use that understanding! Contrary shade pairs supply comparison.

Stamp, assemble, and decorate. I typically locate it a great suggestion to practice initially on a piece of scratch paper prior to making the real card.

Just remember handmade cards don't need to be tough! They don't need to take a very long time to do. With a little preparation and some colorful card supply, inks and stamps you'll be on your means!

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