How To | Tips for Making Homemade Cards, "Handmade from the Heart!" by Lisa Kaye

What's a more perfect time than the holidays to learn a new hobby that you can share with your friends and loved ones? I'd like to show you how easy it is to make your own handmade cards. Most people will look at them and say "I can't do that," but I am here to tell you and show you that you can! If you can measure, cut, color and glue or tape, then you can make a card or two...or hundreds!

Items Needed:
  • (1) or more Rubber Stamps (Great for people like me, who can't draw!)
  • (1) Cut an 8.5 x 11 Sheet of Cardstock or very heavy paper in half, at 5 1/2 then fold in half. You will have 2 equal pieces for 2 cards, that will measure 4 1/4 X 5.5. cut at the 5.5 mark if the paper is vertical. For a tall card cut the paper horizontal at 4.25. (That will be your "card base," the main part of your card front and back.)
  • 2-3 Other Colors of Paper, Each Cut a Little Smaller than the Next One. (Standard sizes of extra colors are 1/4 - 1/2 inch smaller than the piece below it, however, it is not a hard rule. I determine mine by the size of the image that I plan to stamp and put as my top layer. The number of layers is your's YOUR card!)
  • Double-sided Permanent Tape or a Heavy Glue that is not very wet. (You do not want your card to warp from being "wet with glue.")
  • Black Ink Pad that is not Water-based, (so it wont smear if you use markers. I use one called 'Stazon' or 'Momento') Colored Pencils or Markers.

Image Above: Here is a sample of a quick and easy card only using 3 colors of paper, (white, light pink and dark pink) as you can see by the layers. Each layer is attached to the other with double sided tape. I have only used a few colors and only 3 rubber stamps. The snow girl, snowflakes stamp and the Merry Christmas. You may or may not want to add any wording to the front of your card. I usually leave mine blank inside so I can write what I want to say in them.

The darkest pink (bottom layer) is your "card base" the lighter pink and white are my "layers." I base my layers on the image I am going to stamp. As you can see, I chose not to follow the 1/4 to 1/2 inch difference on this card because I liked it better like this.

For more ideas on how to layer, you can look at my cards on Pinterest.

by Lisa Kaye

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