Making Greeting Cards

pink_warm_mama_1April 20, 2008

Recently a gal came to our group to show us how to make greeting cards. With her she brought beautiful papers, pens, etc., and I was hooked. I have a granddaughter who is quite ill, and I write her frequently. I thought it would be nice to make her a card every time I write to try to cheer her up. Can you tell me where one finds the sheer papers that are so pretty for greeting cards? And, since I have made only one card, any suggestions from you gals who have made many cards would be gratefully accepted. Thank you for any help.

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You are probably talking about vellum. I purchase vellum sheets from Walmart's craft area, and at JoAnn's or Michaels. You can purchase it in various thickness and even with patterns.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 8:50PM
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Thank you for your help. This seems to be a quiet forum which is disappointing.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 9:51AM
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You can also use tissue paper, various wrapping papers, and check your Dollar stores.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 4:29PM
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pink warm mama, have you seen the site splitcoaststampers? Their gallery is full of thousands of handmade stamps and there are hundreds of greeting card stampers and scrapbook crafters. There is also a huge forum. Here is a link to their forum. Try their home page for other links and tips.

Here is a link that might be useful: splitcoaststampers

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 12:55PM
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I second SCS. The gallery is full of wonderful ideas. I usually buy my white cardstock from Office Depot (zerox brand). I get white envelopes in bulk on e-bay once every few years. I buy vellum and other cardstock from Michael's with coupons. Their white isn't thick or smooth enough. You can get rubber stamps anywhere Michaels, Jo-Ann's, stamping-up (home based business from a consultant). Embossing powders and heat tools are fun. There are a ton of cutting products on the market - punches and dies and fancy edged scissors. Cuttlebug makes wonderful embossing folders if you are into that type of texture. Ribbons. Clear and tinted paper glazes. Scoring tools to make perfect folds. Glitter & glitter glue (stickles). Coloring tools - chalks, shimmering chalks, colored pencils, metallic pencils, markers, watercolors, shimmering watercolors, etc. It depends how fancy you want to get and how much you want to spend. Contact a stampingup demo and purchase a catalog ($10) - there are lots of ideas in it and product info or buy a cardmaker or papercrafts magazine from Michaels to get ideas and info on products.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2008 at 9:19AM
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This site is very quiet. If you are really interested in card making - try - very active and TONS of wonderful people and more information than you will know what to do with. It is my site - I'm just a very enthusiastic member. Register and find terrific hints and tips.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 10:25AM
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My DGM's sis makes beautiful cards using wall paper samples.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 12:39AM
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did you ever try the Method you embossing ,pretty ,easy you get a liquid you put rubber stamp in the liquid,pour the embossing medium over it,you catch excess to use again then heat with blow dryer whatever its fun.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 10:47PM
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Our Menards has wallpaper sample books on a clearance endcap. $5 I believe. I was so tempted, but didn't buy.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:33PM
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Here's a great place for free digital stamps:
Some great free sentiments here:
Lots of freebies if you search. Digital stamps don't take up room like rubber stamps and you can resize them to what size you want.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 1:54PM
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You are making a card for your granddaughter, this is adorable! Usually it is the other way around. I would love to get handmade cards from my grandparents! I think the most interesting thing you can make is a pop up card, and there are a lot of tutorials all over youtube ( That's pretty challenging for a beginner though so you can try something more basic like this one:, I hope it will be helpful! Your granddaughter is very lucky to have you.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 4:08AM
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