Thursday, August 23, 2012

Step by Step Cardmaking- Lesson 1- card

Okay, so I thought I'd start a little series of step by step instructions for any beginner card makers out there. Each lesson will take you through a different topic, hopefully giving you the information you need to start crafting, or the confidence to try something new. The lessons will follow on from each other, starting with the real basics. If you've got any questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to answer! Here goes...

If you are going to make cards then the first thing you'll need is card! There are lots of different types out there but I suggest you start with some basic A4 card in a range of colours you like. If you are making Christmas cards then get reds, greens & maybe some blues for a more modern look. If you're making cards for ladies then get pinks & purples and if it's men's cards you are aiming for then get blues, greens & browns. I also love working with a black base card but this can be a bit more challenging.

Unfortunately, all card is different so it will not be as simple as just finding the colours that you like. Paper & card is weighed in gsm (grams per square metre) so the thicker the card, the higher the gsm. I tend to work with card around 260gsm as if you choose a cardstock too thin, it will not make a solid base card strong enough to hold your topper. If the card is too thick, then it will be very difficult to fold precisely & crisply.

It is worth getting a cardstock that is slightly more expensive as the cheaper stuff tends to be of a poorer quality. So, get the card in ready for lesson 2!

Next lesson- how to fold your cards accurately...

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