Hi everyone! This post is dedicated to all the first time card makers/crafters out there.
Where to begin🤔??? Well, I guess we will start where most newbies seem to think that making cards will save them money. Every time I hear this, I just want to bang my head against the wall.
Card making is not cheap. Be prepared to spend Beaucoup MONEY. I don't want to scare anyone off, just keep reading. Like I said, crafting is not cheap, but it's tons of fun and if this is a passion for you then there are truly ways you can save.
Tips #1: The most important way to save is on stamps. For beginners, I suggest going digital. With plenty of shops online now selling electronic files, you can find shops that deal in Digital Stamps. The files can range from $.99 to $5.00. Now, I know your probably thinking that $5.00 can be a lot, but compared to most rubber or polymer stamp sets you find selling for an average of $15 a piece, $5.00 is bargain priced. The best part about a digital stamp is that you can add it to any project you like and you can even resize it. If you have a Cricut you can even use it there.
Tip #2: Dies can be very expensive as well. Usually they run around $25 for coordinating sets or intricate cuts. I suggest investing in a die cutting machine. While the initial expense can run you a bit, in the long run you don't have to buy as many dies for making shapes. You can purchase SVG files now online as well. Thanks to the internet we have access to so much more and at cheaper prices. (SVG files are cutting files for the machines).
Tip #3: Paper packages can run you. Usually they sell for $15 and up for packages (24 sheet packs). You can use the stamps you purchase to make your own backgrounds, blend ink dies or even purchase digital paper packages and print them out yourself.
Tip #4: YouTube....YouTube...YouTube! There are many bloggers out there that can show you how to perfect techniques for your card making fun. Use the internet for learning. From the simple to intricate you can find it all. Don't just limit yourself to card making. You will need to know how to watercolor, color like a pro and even hand font. You can find all this for free instead of having to pay for classes.
This episode of Card Making For Beginners is to be continued...
Until next time where you will find tips 5,6,7 & 8. Until next time!