{Card Making} Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Some of you may or may not know that I love to make homemade cards! I’m kind of a closet paper crafter. I mean after all, a small hint should have been my 8 foot tall paper rack Mr. Woodsy built me a few years back. I’ve never shared any of my photos/ tips/tricks/techniques about paper crafting, and I’ve finally decided that I’m going to dedicate Saturdays to sharing a card I made for an occasion.
Today, though, I’d like to share some of my card making tips, tricks, and techniques. I started card making about four years ago after I finished making my wedding invitations. It was an easy creative outlet and a great way to express love and gratitude to those close to you. Mr. Woodsy would say it’s an expensive hobby, but once you have supplies on hand it’s not too bad. My first card was made prior to me ever owning a die-cutting machine. Don’t get intimidated. You really don’t need to own a fancy machine to make beautiful cards.
Here are a few of the basic supplies you will want to invest in:
Blank A6 cards and envelopes
Hole punch decorative stamps
Rubber stamps, ink, and colored pencils
Dimensional Glaze
3-4 floral embellishments
Die-cutting machine
Wide variety of scrapbook paper
The first year I started making cards I did not have a cricut (i.e., die-cuting machine). I had to get creative. I would use various scrapbook paper patterns, ribbon, stamps, colored pencils, and any embellishments I happened to pick up at the store. This is probably one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made and not one element was created using a die-cuting machine. I used 4 different style of paper, cut a circle from a 2″ punch I owned and then cut a coordinating 1-1/2″ punch. I used a birthday candle stamp and embellished the bottom with ribbon, a bow, and a diamond stud.
At the time when I created this card I had just received my die-cutting machine. I cut the lion off of a piece of animal scrapbook paper. I added a simple black raised embellishment to his nose. Coordinating ribbon and cut-out phrase “Oh Baby” using my cricut (sorry, I can’t remember what cartridge I used) completed this cards look. Simple and chic!
I used my cricut to cut out the word “love” the birds and the flourishment. I applied two raised pearl embellishments add details to the bird. Sometimes simple is better. I like to make versatile cards that can be used for an Anniversary or Wedding card.
I used multiple features of my cricut for this card. I made a “gift tag” where I punched holes on the ends to run the ribbon through it. I added the “Happy Anniversary” phrase and a decorative floral accent to the edge of one side.
The “love” card to the left was this years Valentine’s cards that we sent to various family members. It has a picture of our dog, Lola. You’ll notice that I’ve not only incorporated a photo, but I’ve stitched on the paper. This is a great way to jazz up paper.
“Congrats” with a home pictured on the front. Yes, this is a perfect Housewarming card. What you can’t tell from the picture is that the “congrats” is raised. I used a small amount of Dimensional Magic from Plaid Crafts to raise the words. You might notice that there is an embellishment on the inside of the card as well. I like to add details to the inside as well. A small strip of paper with a stamp punch design. Multiple layers of paper, die-cut phrases. The sky is the limit.
Here is another simplistic die-cut card. I made the belly band by using a hole punch design stamp to make the scallop edges. If you invest in the product you can use it time and time again. Add the recipients age and it gives this card a customized, clean, and simplistic look.
From time-to-time I like to use a variety of fonts and styles using my Cricut. This is a perfect example. Don’t be afraid to mix and match fonts and papers. Get creative!
I hope that I was able to shed some light on card making and spark your creative flame! Please note that most pictures were taken prior to me ever knowing anything about photography nor owning a DSLR. Because these cards were made years ago I do not know what Cricut cartridges were used for each card. In future post, I will do a better job labeling who made the paper, what cartridge I used, etc.


  1. Hi, I’m new to making cards, and I’ve really enjoyed looking at your posts! I just recently received a Cricut Explore for Christmas, so I’ve been messing around with my technique when making them. What is the best glue, tape, or adhesive to use when decorating your cards? I want to make sure they stay together well, and that they don’t look like a mess.


    • Hi Kate. Thanks for stopping by and congrats on getting a Cricut Explore. I have a few great tutorials for beginners! I love my Xyron sticker machines. I have the 2.5″ and 5″ machines. The cartridges are a little pricey, but your not battling with glue and it gives you a crisp clean look.

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