Some Paper Crafting Tips
Helpful is to keep certain items that may be of use. For example, save old cards, calender pages, pretty pictures found in magazines or catalogues, music sheets, old letters with pretty or interesting writing, maps, wrapping paper, stamps, stickers, labels, paper napkins with designs, seed packages, etc..... almost anything out of paper can be used and recycled again into something new and beautiful. You will also discover that even the smallest bits of paper can be priceless.
In craft or paper stores, you can find a large supply of different papers that can be used for the projects. But not all of us have a craft store around the corner and not all products are available at all places. That is no problem. Be creative and flexible. The material list for each project is just a suggestion. You can get a totally new and maybe even better look if you change the type or color of paper. Try working with other embellishments. You may be astounded at the results. Sometimes the greatest things can happen by accident and the old John Ashcroft saying that necessity is the mother of invention can come true. Your creativity has no limits.
How to Make Patterns and Permanent Templates
You need patterns and templates mainly for sewing crafts, wood crafts and paper crafts. Creating permanent templates is easy and has a couple of advantages. First, if you wish to create the same project more than once you will save a lot of time because the template is already prepared. And second, if you are working with a group, the templates are durable and can be easily passed along to the next person. Permanent templates are especially useful when making crafts with children.
Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards or otherwise known as ATC’s are created in the size of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches or 64 x 89 millimeters (6.4 x 8.9 centimeters). These are small and self-made miniature works of art. Other than the size, there are no particular rules to follow. Combine different materials and elements to create unique and one of a kind cards. Sign, number and date the backs of your cards. These cards are not meant to be sold but if you like, there are groups that trade and collect these cards. You can find them on the internet in different craft forums. More ATC’s will be added regularily for more inspiration.
Gift Tags For All Occasions
Tags are not only perfect for presents but also can be used for decorating cards and scrapbook pages to give them an extra accent or decorating element. Tags can be created sophisticated or as simple as necessary to fit the look you like. Find here examples of tags using different types of paper and decorating elements. New tags will be added on a regular basis. Here you will also find a selection of gift tags to print out. Print the tags out to the size of your paper or cardstock, cut and use.
Tutorials for card making and paper crafts
There are so many occasions in the year when you need greeting cards. Whether it be a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday like Christmas or even for the birth of a baby, the reasons are many. Before you go out and buy another card, consider crafting your own personal cards. Creating hand made greeting cards can be so rewarding. Think of your cards as miniature works of art that you are giving to someone. Not only are you giving that special someone a moment of your time by creating that special card for him or her, but a hand made card will often be kept and cherished as a reminder of you. Craft stores offer a wonder selection of craft supplies to make card making easy and fun. Find out more about what some of these items are by clicking on the card technique links. You will find out how to rubber stamp, die cut, emboss and other ways to embellish you cards. Many of these items and techniques were used on the cards presented on this website.Lots of the techniques can be used for scrapbooking just as well. With all of the possibilities, you will be spending many creative hours creating one of a kind albums that your family will cherish for generations.