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Cardmaking 101: Where to Start?

Start with a blank card
Your handmade card begins with a blank card to decorate. You can either buy blank cards that are pre-scored so they fold easily, or make your own from cardstock. Pre-scored blank cards typically measure 5x6 1/2, which is a perfect size for mailing.

Add paper
Patterned paper makes a great background on cards. You can either cover the card front entirely with paper or cut the paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the center. Papers patterned with small, all-over prints are easy to usebut dont dismiss papers with larger designs. You can use papers made for card making, like the Cardmakers Creative Packs, or cut up a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper...one sheet will cover 4 cards!

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Accent with embellishments
Your card might feature a single stamped message or image, a cluster of silk flowers, Dazzles outline stickers, a metal embellishment, paper embellishmentsjust about anything! Lay out your card embellishments, then experiment with the placement until youre happy. If attaching elements with brads, you might secure the brad to the paper before attaching the paper to the card front in order to conceal the brad prongs.

Dont forget the envelope!
You can decorate the outside of your envelope to match your cardstamp it, or add stickers, for example. If youre planning to mail the card, youll want to make sure the accents wont get caught in the postal machines, but if youre handing the card over, then you can embellish to your hearts content!