As I’ve been getting more into card-making lately, I’ve been getting more questions about how I create cards, how to make cards quickly, and how to find time for card-making amidst my other responsibilities and activities. These are great questions, particularly for someone like me who is interested in keeping things easy. So I wanted to put together a list of tips for keeping handmade card-making easy, fun, and fast. Read on! Note: Guide to Online Schools has information about art and design degrees for people who love art and card-making. Some people want to take their hobbies to the next level.
Fast Card-making Tip #1: Make Tags.
Tags are big in the scrapbooking world, and I love using them on my layouts. But they are also a fantastic alternative to a standard greeting card. Here are some of the reasons:
- Most people don’t keep greeting cards after they’ve opened their presents (boo! hiss!), but tags are cute when used as a locker or desk decoration, pinned to a bulletin board, or put into service as a bookmark.
- They serve the purpose of a greeting card, but they’re faster to make.
- They are less expensive than cards because they take up fewer materials and you don’t have to worry about envelopes.
- Because they don’t go in envelopes, you can create odd-sized tags, or “lumpy” tags with lots of dimension and texture.
- They’re a perfect accompaniment to a gift card — you can just adhere the card to the reverse side.
Here are some of my recent tags:
As you can see, you can create amazing artistic tags with just stamps, ink, and some stickers! I usually use the reverse side for the greeting and signature. I certainly hope the recipients kept ‘em around and didn’t just toss them. I should include a little “return to sender” message on them in case they decide they don’t want to keep them! Haha!
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