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    • Skiergirl
    • By Skiergirl 14th Nov 08, 5:05 PM
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    Making cards - Ideas for a card craft beginner (part 2)
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:05 PM
    Making cards - Ideas for a card craft beginner (part 2) 14th Nov 08 at 5:05 PM
    I was hoping someone on here could give me some advice. I'd like to try making cards but don't have any idea where to start. I've looked in a few craft shops and found the choice overwhelming.
    So.. am I best buying a kit to start with that has all the bits in, or if its better to buy the bits separately, what do I need ?
    Also.. is it worth buying any of the magazines ? I've seen a few but they're all sealed so its difficult to know if they're worth the money, and one is about £8 !
    Thanks for any help, sorry its a bit long.


    *BOARD GUIDE INSERT - this thread is now a continuation of this original thread on making cards, it may be a good idea to look there first for advice*
    Last edited by savvy; 14-11-2008 at 5:51 PM.
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  • agatha misty
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:16 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:16 PM
    Hi, it all depends on how many cards you want to make really. I like to buy the bits and bobs and make up my own design. What kind of budget were you thinking off?

    There are some nice kits around this year will try and find a link to some.

    Aggie


    http://www.artymiss.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000022.cgi?page=search&SS=christmas+kit&ACTION=G o%21&PR=-1&TB=A

    I have seen some in the craft shops with all the embellishments, paper, card etc for about £14.99 or £10.99. These come in a clear plastic bag with handles.

    You could try stamping, with a stamp and ink pad and then colourwash them? Some of the christmas foam stamps are very good and for about a tenner normally coming with an ink pad ad you just supply the card. I think studio cards alsohave kits.

    What ever you decide to do - card making is very addictive - so be warned.
    Last edited by agatha misty; 14-11-2008 at 5:26 PM. Reason: add link
  • melissa75
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:26 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:26 PM
    I know what you mean there is so much choice out there. To start off you'll need some cardstock, the papermill shop is good for this as you can fill a box (choosing your own colours) for 6.00 I think.
    Next you'll need some adhesive, some people use pritstick or pva glue, I use double sided tape for sticking the paper and card, and then use glue dots for sticking buttons and flowers etc on. Next you'll need the embellishments to stick on the card, a lot of people start off using peel off, which cost about 99p pack, but a lot of online shops stock them for much cheaper than this. Or you could recycle old cards, print images off on your computer, there's no end to the stuff you can use for the centrepiece of your card.
    Obviously you'll need some card blanks and envelopes, packs of these tend to be expensive, so I just fold my own card and use that instead.
    I don't tend to buy the magazines myself, but I know a lot of people love the lets make cards magazine (the one that's about 8.00), and would probably recommend this one to you as a beginner.
    There is a fab card thread on this board, with pics of cards that we have made, links to online shops, and loads of fab people who will be happy to answer all of your questions:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=775123
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Nov 08, 5:57 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:57 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 5:57 PM
    Hi Skiergirl - I have now made your new thread the new card making thread, as melissa said there is a LONG thread on making cards jam packed with ideas, trials and tribulations that should be able to help you out.

    Here are the links from the first page of polly1976's first post as they will still be useful to many others;


    Here is a list of online craft shops we all use and also some free download sites;
    http://www.sticknmix.com/
    http://www.madaboutcards.com/?gclid=...FRuD1Qod2Xhnqw
    http://www.cardcraft-uk.co.uk/
    http://www.cardmakingcrafts.co.uk/ht...lishments.html
    http://www.helix.co.uk/section.php?xSec=20
    www.artandcraftworld.com
    www.craftyaddicts.co.uk
    www.artymiss.co.uk
    www.onestopcardcraft.co.uk

    Here is a list of free downloads
    http://cp.c-ij.com/english/3D-papercraft/
    http://www.cardmakingandpapercraft.com/
    http://www.imag-e-nation.com/free_printables.htm
    http://www.irisfolding.circleofcraft...dingheart.html
    http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y17...Hot/Decoupage/
    http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y171/AngiesHot/Backing%20Papers/
    http://www.karlum.com/templates.htm
    http://www.3dsheets.tripod.com/index.html
    Hope that helps you all xxxx - thanks to polly1976
    Last edited by savvy; 14-11-2008 at 10:51 PM.
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    • Skiergirl
    • By Skiergirl 14th Nov 08, 7:06 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 7:06 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 7:06 PM
    I had a look at the last few pages of the other thread, but everyone seemed to know what they were doing - thats why I started a new thread, as I haven't a clue. I will look at the links for some ideas - thank you ( I never thought to look at the first page of the other thread for info )
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Nov 08, 7:15 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 7:15 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 7:15 PM
    ( I never thought to look at the first page of the other thread for info )
    Originally posted by Skiergirl
    LOL that's where it ALLLLL began, and I think you'll find many people have improved their skills and certainly felt braver at trying new skills, throughout the length of the thread
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  • furrypig
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    • 14th Nov 08, 9:27 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 9:27 PM
    I love the cardmaking thread and feel I've got to knowso many people!!

    I've only made 3 cards ever and keep meaning to post them as it was all the result of the people here very inspirational!!

    I will do more!!

    I will post pictures!!
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Nov 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 9:39 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 9:39 PM
    I love the cardmaking thread and feel I've got to knowso many people!!

    I've only made 3 cards ever and keep meaning to post them as it was all the result of the people here very inspirational!!

    I will do more!!

    I will post pictures!!
    Originally posted by furrypig
    You're right, it's been one of the warmest threads on the entire site!! That's down to the people who have posted on there and long may it continue here..................and hopefully another one after that!!! The speed that it's grown at I wouldn't be surprised!
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    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Nov 08, 10:50 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 10:50 PM
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    • 14th Nov 08, 10:50 PM
    The other thread will always be on this board for all to see, at any point in time, with the link to it in this thread AND still in the sticky for crafts, so anyone can find - it won't disappear as it obviously makes sense for it to be linked to the new thread for continuity, for regulars AND newbies :confused:

    In relation to the name, it can certainly be called that if I edit the title of this thread (and I'm sure Skiergirl wouldn't mind that)..................however I wouldn't do that straight away as that's not very fair to Skiergirl right now and not everbody is settled in yet

    The other thread has got very long for an image heavy thread, and not all people have high speed connections and all that techie malarky etc etc, and it's going to get even busier with all the new Christmas cards everyone will be making. It also makes it quite difficult for newbie card makers to trawl through it all to find what they need easily, which has been the case just recently, so it seemed the right time to construct a new thread for it.

    In addition to that, we are asked to close long threads and start others so that they don't put so much strain on the site's servers.

    If you do not agree with this decision you are of course welcome to report it to abuse.
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  • abusybee
    And on a lighter note. I have been busy this evening and made a few cards Hope you like.
    The photo dosent do this one any justice. It is bright orange really.




    Outside of card


    Inside of card


    I have made another one which I am very happy about but cannot :confused: share as it is for polly from her husband

    Skiergirl - Agatha Misty is right, it is a totally addictive hobby. It starts with a few bits in a box and before you know it you are filling 6+ boxes, swamping the front room (or demanding a craft room) and everytime you go shopping anywhere you see or go looking for things you can use. It can also be quite costly especially if there is a sale on (which ladies on the thread always share). A magazine is definately a good place to start and after that there are the pound shops, home bargins and any sale that is on. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your creations.

    Furrypig - Get those cards posted
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  • abusybee
    sorry I messed up those images
    I LOVE A BARGIN
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  • melissa75
    Abusybee - fabulous cards. I think the flowery one is my favourite, but I love the snowflake inside the xmas one, very clever.

    Savvy - it does seem a shame that the other thread had to close, I hope everyone manages to find this one. Is there any way that the old thread could become one of the sticky threads so that it is always on show at the top of the board and hence always there for reference? I would hate for it to disappear to the back never to be seen again.
  • mary43
    busybee - they''re fabulous cards -well done
    Mary

    I'm creative -you can't expect me to be neat too !
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  • saveapenny
    I got lost...lol I wondered why there hadnt been any new post on the other thread duhhhh
    Anyway before I forget Artymiss have a sale on some great stuff for £1 and a few card packs (4-5 in) for 49p as well as a load of other stuff

    the DCWV stuff some nice card stacks for £1
    http://www.artymiss.co.uk/acatalog/Discount_Craft_Sale.html

    Busybee...great cards...My favourite is the first one I love the colours
    Last edited by saveapenny; 15-11-2008 at 3:11 PM.
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  • GreenManG0
    Iris Folding, card making supplies?
    hello everybody!
    I'm new to this thread, but would love to make my cards this Christmas and am after your money saving & card making knowledge on this forum please!
    I would love to make iris folded cards, and have found some free on-line patterns that are perfect, the strips don't look too expensive (£2 inc delivery form ebay, anyone know of cheaper?) but I'm after aperture cards that I can trace the free pattern designs onto, then cut out the shape to create the iris folded design, folding the cover over so nobody can see the back. If that makes sense? The only aperture/3fold cards I can find already have windows cut out, :confused:, any ideas on where to get "blanks" from would really be helpful.
    Ideal world sell a Christmas kit, complete with patterns, cards and strips for £14.99, argh! so I would love to save money and create my own 'kit'.
    Thank you, Hannah x
    Last edited by GreenManG0; 15-11-2008 at 3:15 PM. Reason: subscription
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    • ikkle87
    • By ikkle87 15th Nov 08, 4:33 PM
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    Skiergirl, you will probably have seen a few of my cards on the last thread hun, please don't feel we are all really advanced, cos I for one am not. I made my first ever card on the 30th of September this year so have only been making them for 6 weeks.

    I got started by buying magazines that come with free kits such as Lets Make Cards or You Can Craft. They are £8 each but are full with lots of projects and then your card kit which contains card blanks, papers, embellishments, and sometimes sentiments, ribbons etc
    You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

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    • savvy
    • By savvy 15th Nov 08, 5:41 PM
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    Savvy - it does seem a shame that the other thread had to close, I hope everyone manages to find this one. Is there any way that the old thread could become one of the sticky threads so that it is always on show at the top of the board and hence always there for reference? I would hate for it to disappear to the back never to be seen again.
    Originally posted by melissa75
    Hi melissa, unfortunately we're not allowed to have that many stickies at the top, I was pushing it putting in the A-Z that people wanted . The old thread can't disappear (unless the site has technical issues and loses posts again etc) as I made sure there is a link to it in the first post here, and you've linked to it, and it's in the A-Z, AND regular posters should have it in their subscribed threads in their CP as well ready to link to at any time it's needed.

    Back to the topic - abusybee, I love your snowflake card btw
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  • In debt
    hello everybody!
    I'm new to this thread, but would love to make my cards this Christmas and am after your money saving & card making knowledge on this forum please!
    I would love to make iris folded cards, and have found some free on-line patterns that are perfect, the strips don't look too expensive (£2 inc delivery form ebay, anyone know of cheaper?) but I'm after aperture cards that I can trace the free pattern designs onto, then cut out the shape to create the iris folded design, folding the cover over so nobody can see the back. If that makes sense? The only aperture/3fold cards I can find already have windows cut out, :confused:, any ideas on where to get "blanks" from would really be helpful.
    Ideal world sell a Christmas kit, complete with patterns, cards and strips for £14.99, argh! so I would love to save money and create my own 'kit'.
    Thank you, Hannah x
    Originally posted by GreenManG0
    I print the design onto cardstock, cut it out with a craft knife and do the iris folding and stick it onto the front of the card as a topper rather than fold the back to cover it over. Does that make sense?
    • ikkle87
    • By ikkle87 15th Nov 08, 6:26 PM
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    ikkle87
    hello everybody!
    I'm new to this thread, but would love to make my cards this Christmas and am after your money saving & card making knowledge on this forum please!
    I would love to make iris folded cards, and have found some free on-line patterns that are perfect, the strips don't look too expensive (£2 inc delivery form ebay, anyone know of cheaper?) but I'm after aperture cards that I can trace the free pattern designs onto, then cut out the shape to create the iris folded design, folding the cover over so nobody can see the back. If that makes sense? The only aperture/3fold cards I can find already have windows cut out, :confused:, any ideas on where to get "blanks" from would really be helpful.
    Ideal world sell a Christmas kit, complete with patterns, cards and strips for £14.99, argh! so I would love to save money and create my own 'kit'.
    Thank you, Hannah x
    Originally posted by GreenManG0

    http://www.irisfolding.circleofcrafters.com/
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    xx Mama to a gorgeous Cranio Baby xx
  • abusybee
    hello everybody!
    I'm new to this thread, but would love to make my cards this Christmas and am after your money saving & card making knowledge on this forum please!
    I would love to make iris folded cards, and have found some free on-line patterns that are perfect, the strips don't look too expensive (£2 inc delivery form ebay, anyone know of cheaper?) but I'm after aperture cards that I can trace the free pattern designs onto, then cut out the shape to create the iris folded design, folding the cover over so nobody can see the back. If that makes sense? The only aperture/3fold cards I can find already have windows cut out, :confused:, any ideas on where to get "blanks" from would really be helpful.
    Ideal world sell a Christmas kit, complete with patterns, cards and strips for £14.99, argh! so I would love to save money and create my own 'kit'.
    Thank you, Hannah x
    Originally posted by GreenManG0
    Home bargins have some packs of 3 fold cards. There are 6 cards and envelopes in each pack and come in white or a pale yellow colour and are only 59p a pack. There is no apature in them they are full so that you can do your own. Hope this helps and I hope you have a home bargins shop near you.
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    I LOVE THE SALES!!!!!
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