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From: jupel76
Date: 10-12-2004, 09:49 AM (1 of 14)
I took up card-making about the same time I took up sewing i.e. couple of months ago. The practicality of this hobby appealed to me, and after a while, I found it was also a great way to express my creativity.

So are there any members here who also make handmade greeting cards? I'm curious to see other people's work and share tips. I've only made about 5 cards so far, still lots to learn.
User: jupel76
Member since: 10-12-2004
Total posts: 11
From: MaryW
Date: 10-12-2004, 10:06 AM (2 of 14)
Not me, but I would love to learn. I can't count how many times I have been caught without a card for someone. Not only that but so many of them today don't express what I want to say. :wink:
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: mamahoogie
Date: 10-12-2004, 01:10 PM (3 of 14)
Yes, I'm a card maker. I started this past summer when my arthritic hands decided that I should quit knitting.(like I didn't have any other hobbies, yuk yuk). I didn't take any lessons, I just jumped right into it after searching for ideas on the internet. I just love what I an create. I had a lot of the materials on hand because I am also a scrapbooker...but of course I've bought more. :dave: I picked up a book at Mary Maxim's on string art for cards but they call it "Creative Embroidery on Paper" by Erica Fortgens. I really like doing that. I started out just making them for me but I have sold a few.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
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Total posts: 461
From: MaryW
Date: 10-12-2004, 05:05 PM (4 of 14)
Ok girls, how do you start? Do you make your own paper?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: jupel76
Date: 10-13-2004, 07:51 AM (5 of 14)
Great, another cardmaker here :). I envy the amount of resources you have. So far, I have a small collection of brass stencils, a couple of punches, glitter, metallic pens, a selection of craft paper and some ribbon. I like dry embossing, just have to figure out how to do fancier stuff soon.

MaryW, I just buy plain cards that come with matching envelopes, and decorate them. I find them in the stationery and the craft stores. Maybe one day when I'm really producing them in any quantity, I'll buy a paper cutter and cut my own cards.
User: jupel76
Member since: 10-12-2004
Total posts: 11
From: Pudge99
Date: 10-13-2004, 12:17 PM (6 of 14)
I used to do a lot of card making. I was addicted to rubber stamps. I actually handmade all the invitations to my oldest son's baptism (about 50). I also used to do all my Christmas cards (somewhere between 50 and 100). I always did it with my friends in Florida, but I moved away and lost interest. Now I make all my cards on the computer. I buy cardstock at the office supply store and own a heavy duty paper cutter (like they use in schools).
I was thinking about stamping this years Christmas cards at least for the close family but that would mean starting now. UUGH!!!
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Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: Hogmami
Date: 10-13-2004, 12:26 PM (7 of 14)
I used to make cards. I used card stock. I did stamping, stenciling and computer programs. I just got the new JoAnns flyer today and see where they have alot of that stuff going on sale.

I gave all my stuff to my daughter. She teachs grade school. And needed some simple crafts for her kids to do. She is not a crafty person, so I through that stuff might help her.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: bevsgear
Date: 12-16-2004, 06:02 AM (8 of 14)
Well - I love card making as well as sewing, knitting, crocheting etc, etc. Unfortunately - or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, I own a craft supply shop that stocks - you guessed it - supplies for card making crochet knitting and embroidery. I go to work each day to do my hobby and to share it with other people. We also carry a range of handmade goods that are for sale. These are all made by myself and other crafts people in our local area. One lady does pergamano (parchment) cards. She is a registered teacher in this craft and the work she does is absolutely amazing.

Any way - happy crafting to you all and a very blessed and enjoyable Christmas for 2004 and all the best for 2005. All the way from sunny Australia

User: bevsgear
Member since: 11-30-2004
Total posts: 4
From: MaryW
Date: 12-16-2004, 08:46 AM (9 of 14)
Now, that sounds like an awesome job you have. I would probably be my own best customer. I was when I worked in the fabric store. :bg:
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From: VickiH
Date: 12-16-2004, 04:40 PM (10 of 14)
I'm a card maker. I usually cross stitch for them, use embossing powder, tea bag folding, stencils, stamping...and anything else I can get my hands on!
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User: VickiH
Member since: 12-09-2004
Total posts: 11
From: rose074
Date: 12-21-2004, 12:40 AM (11 of 14)
I love making cards. I can use my quilty creativity but I get a more instant sense of gratification. :-) I'm having withdrawl though, we moved from Japan 6 months ago and my sewing room still isn't finished so everything is all packed up in the garage still. I'm going crazy. :whacky: Husband promises that it will be done for Christmas though, but that's what he promised for our anniversary in August, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday... you get the point.
Danelle in Tri-Cities Washington
User: rose074
Member since: 12-23-2000
Total posts: 73
From: heather2002
Date: 02-28-2005, 11:06 AM (12 of 14)
Yes I also make cards and would be interested in any websites showing the different cards people make.

Best wishes and happy crafting

User: heather2002
Member since: 02-28-2005
Total posts: 2
From: SummersEchos
Date: 02-28-2005, 11:40 AM (13 of 14)
I use to make my own cards and paper. Since I have moved in to help take care of my parents that part is still at home. I used the paper I made basically for the inside and for journals. I really enjoyed this crafts as it was another way to express myself. Two of my D's do scrapbooking, when I can I go over and help out. Paper making is a messy job but when you get the hang of it you can become very creative.

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Member since: 09-29-2004
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From: Emmy
Date: 03-01-2005, 11:22 PM (14 of 14)
I've done card making for about 25 years or so. I started to economize and also to help teach my daughter something creative and fun. Been doing it ever since. We used to get wallpaper sample books when they were being discarded. I'd use co-ordinating wallpapers and borders for cards. I also did some rubber stamping, origami, hand made paper, and then created them on the computer.

Lately I'm into hand painted cards, and combinations of techniques. For example, for a recent birthday and Valentines, I printed altered art on coloured card stock, and then cut the edges with special scissors, and then hand cut slots for weaving narrow ribbon borders, and then did a bit of hand colouring and added a touch of gold here and there. They turned out beautifully. Oh, and I wrote the prose and poetry on some of them. I wish I'd taken pictures before I gave them away.


I have a book on cardmaking, but haven't been able to do much with it, as it requires special papers I haven't been able to get locally.
User: Emmy
Member since: 09-01-2001
Total posts: 127
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