Walking into a craft store can be intimidating. You’re bombarded with a sea of products, and there’s always something new and fabulous. But where do you start? What do you really need? And how do you get the tools you need without going broke? That’s why we’re here today – To help you sort through it all and discover the essentials to equip you on this new card making journey.
A quality paper trimmer is a great place to start and will help you achieve straight lines every time. There are several styles on the market, such as rotary cutters or guillotines. Find a style you’re comfortable with and is within your budget. Your local craft store may have some available to try or can give you recommendations.
Cardstock can be used as layers and the card base. Cut a letter sized piece of cardstock in half, and you have two card bases. To save time, you can always purchase pre cut and scored cards.
When it comes to patterned paper, we recommend 6×6 inch paper pads for card makers. They’re affordable, packaged with matching designs and colors, and have smaller images that will be proportionate to card sizes. Hitting up your local craft store you’re sure to see rows of beautiful single sheets of patterned paper as well. These are not a necessity but a great addition to your supply list.
If you’re planning to create lots of cards, add a score board to your supply list. A score board, or bone folder and ruler, will create a straight crease in your cardstock base. This creates a perfectly folded card. Additionally, the scored line prevents cracking of the paper at the fold. Once comfortable with this basic technique, you can use the board to create boxes, envelopes, and more.
Shopping for stamps is just as fun as browsing the rows of patterned paper. We recommend clear or cling stamps that fit onto an acrylic block. Because they’re clear, you can position them easily on your card base or paper. This means straight sentiments and centered designs. Find a few sets in a design you’re drawn to, such as florals, animals, or people. Having a set of sentiments is great too. Look for one with a wide range of encouraging phrases, holidays, and occasions.
Acrylic blocks can be used time and time again. To start, pick up a small and large block. You’ll take a stamp off its plastic backing, add it to the center of the block, stamp, and return the stamp to the package. For this reason, clear stamps are great space savers compared to wood mounted stamps.
There are lots of ink pads on the market, including pigment, chalk, and dye. They come in a wide range of colors too. We recommend getting a black and brown ink to start. VersaFine is a fast drying pigment ink that gives solid, crisp lines. It’s great for watercolor and colored pencils too. Memento is a dye ink that works with Copic markers (a possible addition to your supply list). If you can’t find these specific brands at your local store, look for a permanent dye ink. These will dry fast and not smear.
A large ink pad is not necessary, even with larger stamps such as backgrounds. A quick tip – Place the stamp face up on your table. Take the ink pad in your hand, and add the ink to the stamp. You can tap the ink pad on your stamps as many times as needed to fully cover the image.
Your household scissors will cut paper. However, precision scissors found in the craft department will have you dancing. Many precision scissors can cut through a range of materials such as wire, cork, and chipboard. They also cut paper like butter, making cutting out stamped images a breeze. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
You’ll need something to assemble all of your pieces into a card. A tape runner will allow you to glide on a small amount of permanent adhesive in each corner of your paper piece with ease. Look for a refillable runner. The refills are usually more affordable and come in combo packs.
If you have room in your budget, a fast drying liquid glue is great for smaller paper pieces and embellishments. Scor-Tape comes on a roll and is extremely permanent. It will attach ribbon to cards as well as keep boxes, envelopes, and dimensional paper projects together. Foam squares or pop dots will create layers and add dimension to your pieces. An adhesive remover will do just that – remove any excess glue. As you can see in the picture above, our square gets lots of use. As it gets dirty, you simply cut off that part of the square and can continue using it to remove unwanted adhesive from paper, photos, and more.
It’s easy to get distracted by all the glitter, rhinestones, and ribbon you can add to a card. Having a few pens and markers on hand can be used as embellishments without having to spend a fortune.
Black and white pens can be used to add faux stitching, highlights, and patterns to your card pieces and stamped images. You can add your name to the back of the card, write a message inside, and address the envelope as well. A clear Wink Of Stella glitter pen adds sparkle. These can be used repeatedly and will add a special touch to your creations.
Are you ready to get started? We hope today’s list helps you navigate the world of paper crafting and starts you on your journey. You really only need a few basic supplies to create something, give it away, and spread joy!
If you’ve been following along with the blog lately, you know we’ve been sharing recent stamps sets that Angelica has illustrated. Today is no exception with Bold Blooms by Pretty Pink Posh.
I must admit this set intimidated me at first. There are a lot of small components, and I was unsure how to fill a space with them. Creating a background or collage was my first idea, but that is always my first idea. Then it hit me! Let’s bundle them all together and create an eye catching focal point.
After stamping the outlines of the flowers, I stamped the filler with colorful Distress Inks. Having the color layer option helps produce this many florals quick and easy. The coordinating cutting dies speed up the process as well.
To create a big, in-your-face, joyful focal point, I arranged the florals in a wreath. Foam squares were added under every layer to add dimension. I flipped through other stamp sets by Pretty Pink Posh and found the perfect sentiment in the Bear Hugs set. Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops and a vellum background completed the card. Keeping other card components minimal allowed the florals to shine.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new stamp set, Bold Blooms, and how you would arrange them on a project. After completing this card, I realize there’s never a reason to be intimidated by smaller stamps. When bundled together they make a large impact!
Are you ready to whip out a batch of cards for friends and family? These colorful greetings are perfect for spreading joy by themselves or bundled together as a homemade gift.
Today’s cards were created with In Bloom, a stamp set designed by Angelica for Winnie & Walter. As soon as this set was placed in my hands, I knew what I wanted to do – Create beautiful floral backgrounds.
The set comes with outlines and stamps that allow for a fill in of color. I love sitting down with my Prismacolor Pencils or Copic Markers and coloring the day away. However, these stamps speed up the process. That’s exactly what’s needed for creating a large bundle of backgrounds at once.
I cut a stack of cardstock layers the same size as my future cards, wanting a folded card of 4.25 by 5.5 inches. That allowed me to stamp each flower with a different color on each layer. As I added each flower, I made sure to fill in any gaps. After each color was laid and my pieces were filled, I added the outlines with black VersaFine ink. Any gaps still left were filled in with extra outline stamps.
Once the backgrounds are completed, the fun comes. There are endless ways to use them on cards, and I’m bringing you three examples today. For the first card, I cut the cardstock in half at a diagonal. A second piece of patterned paper was cut the same way and layered over the top.
This card example may have been the easiest of them all. The floral background was trimmed and attached to the card front with enamel dots and a piece of silk ribbon. The sentiment was stamped with the same black ink as the floral outlines.
Lastly, a floral background was adhered to the card front with a piece of vellum. Vellum is one of my favorite papers to use. It adds an element to the card without taking away from the pattern or colors. The card was finished with sentiments from the stamp set. A quick tip with smaller sentiments – Stamp each line on a strip of cardstock, and spread them out evenly on the card.
I’m in love with these floral images from Angelica and Winnie & Walter. The next time you come across this set or another with the color layering option, I hope you try making a few backgrounds. The results are beautiful.
Good morning, friends! I’m back and ready to share another stamp set Angelica designed for Pretty Pink Posh – Camping Friends. I squealed with delight when I saw the cute critters and hope you do too!
Are they not the cutest critters in the forest? The creative options with this set are endless. You could have them peeking out from behind the tent or garbage can, sitting on the log, or stacked on top of each other. I chose to have them peeking out from inside the tent. They just look so cozy!
Camping Friends comes with matching cutting dies, which makes scene building a breeze. I stamped, colored, and cut a large batch of images. After that, assembling the cards was easy. I chose to keep the backgrounds simple to accommodate the busy scenes.
For the first card, I added a small strip of Distress Ink as grass to ground the images. While this card could be given for a variety of occasions, I chose the ‘Best Wishes’ greeting for an upcoming wedding gift.
After adding the images to the card, I stamped a few small details with black ink. The grass, leaves, and stars add detail to the scenes without stealing the show.
I can’t wait to create more cards with this adorable stamp set. You can find Camping Friends and the coordinating dies here. Which critter is your favorite?
Hello crafters! I’m honored to be writing my first post for Crafted in Joy and know we’ll be good friends in no time at all. Angelica has designed the cutest stamp sets recently, and right here is where we’ll be sharing those with you. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy seeing the first set.
Picking which set and project to share with you today was a tough one. Browsing the new releases, Sea Friends from Pretty Pink Posh grabbed my attention. The creatures, shells, and other sea items are perfect for creating scenes. Of course, I couldn’t stop with just one card, which gives me the opportunity to show two different ways to create backgrounds for your images.
When it comes to great stamp sets like Sea Friends, I prefer to stamp all of the images one or two times on Copic paper with Memento ink. Next, I color and cut out all of the images. Having matching cutting dies saves so much time! Having a variety of images to work with makes putting together a scene a breeze.
For the first card I punched a circle out of white cardstock. Distress Oxides are my go-to background maker. With the help of the ink applicator, I added blue to the top of the circle for water and yellow to the bottom for sand. These inks blend flawlessly. The end result is an easy yet gorgeous underwater scene.
The second card was just as easy. I stamped all of the images from the set onto white cardstock with black ink. The trick here is to start with the biggest images, add in the middle sized images, and then fill in any remaining spots with the smallest images. The bubbles and shells in Sea Friends are great for filling any gaps.
Once the background was completed, I arranged a few colorful images on top with a white, heat embossed sentiment. A last minute addition of vellum allowed the colored images to stand out from the busy background.
I can’t get enough of Sea Friends and hope you find it adorable too. Which background technique fits your style – Blended backgrounds or a stamped collage?