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I have a simple and creative card making tutorial for you today. I’ve enjoyed making cards since I was little. My mom would always buy fun scrapbook paper, scissors, and embellishments and let me have fun designing things.
But, as I’m sure you know, pretty paper and material costs can add up fast. I found an easy trick that helps me to create beautiful, unique cards without breaking the bank.
You only need a couple things to get started.
–cardstock – I’m pretty sure I mention this stuff every tutorial involving paper, but we really love it! It’s high quality and affordable.
-Paint – I use Folk Art paint for most of my projects.
Optional: Scrapbooking tools. I was given this great set a couple years ago that has a cutting mat, a blade set, and some shape patterns that the blades fit in (I used the circle patterns for this card). I also used my square paper punch, and have another small punch with little shapes (which is how I made the flowers). But the beauty of this project is that you can easily free-hand this and pick up a simple shape cutter if you’d like.
Let’s get started on creating our cards.
First you have to pick your paint colors. I picked a blue and a dark grey for one part, and orange and yellow for the other. Just paint a large area of a piece of cardstock, or the whole thing! For some added interest, make sure to leave streaks of the different colors in. Do one piece of cardstock for each set of color.
Let them dry. Then use those pieces of paper to cut out embellishments or things you want to add to your card.
I had some fun making a whole bunch. Get creative here, and make more than you think you’ll need.
After you have all your pieces, start experimenting with layouts and see what looks good.
Once you’re happy with the placement, glue the pieces down. I just used a simple gluestick.
If you’re not mailing the card and using it for a birthday gift or just to give to a friend, you can also add some fun pieces onto your envelope.
And there you have it – some beautiful cards to use!