Card Making: Where to Start

I'm no artist.  I can't create a picture in my mind and then draw it on paper.  Stick figures are the best I can do.  Sure, I love to paint, but color is not my forte.  Funny thing is I LOVE to craft.  Give me some crafting materials like paper, ribbon and glue and I can come up with something to create.  It can't be super time consuming though. I learned that early on in my crafting ventures.  I am pretty sure I have ADD (although I have never been formally diagnosed with it).  My attention span is about as short as a 2 year old.  So whatever I craft must take a short amount of patience and time. Otherwise it sits on my desk unfinished. I have a lot of unfinished projects laying around.

Then I discovered card making.  It requires a short amount of attention, it's crafty, and, with the help of rubber stamps, I can feel like an artist. The wonderful thing about rubber stamping is that someone else (who is a spectacular artist) creates an image that is made into a stamp.  Rubber stamping has evolved over the years.  Artists would transfer the image onto a rubber. Then that they peel away the negative space with hand tools.  What is left after peeling the excess rubber from the image is a raised surface that can be inked, stamped and used multiple times.  The rubber is usually mounted on wood.  Over the years manufacturers have developed ways to do this method using molds.  Problem with the stamps mounted on wood was that you could not see exactly where you stamp the image on paper.  It wasn't always centered or straight.  Being the perfectionist I am, I found this a little frustrating.  In recent years Photopolymer stamps have become popular.  Artists create the image and the stamp is manufactured using clear photoplymer resin.  It is pliable, easy to maintain, and lasts forever.  Storage is much less space consuming too.  I have made a quick video showing how to care for photopolymer stamps.

I prefer using rubber stamps on my cards more than any other medium. There are so many fun techniques that make a single stamp set look completely different on each card.  I usually use one stamp set of images on multiple cards but each card looks uniquely different.  That's the beauty of rubber stamping - it's not always just stamp-and-go.  You can be as artistic as you desire it to be.

The materials needed to start card making with rubber stamps is fairly simple.  Ink, a stamp set, paper, and some kind of embellishment like ribbon or sequins are a great start.  You could make dozens of cards with just those materials.  Kits are also a great way to begin your card making venture.  They come with easy to follow instructions and the materials you need.  Join me next week when I share one of my favorite card making kits.

For now, take a minute or two and check out some of the options for rubber stampers and card makers at my website.

There are lots of projects to inspire you as you browse.  And feel free to sign up for the newsletter to get even more inspiration in your inbox. I will feature lots of inspiration right here on my blog as well. I love making cards, but my other favorite way to use rubber stamps and paper is through celebrations and parties.  So I will feature lots of that as well in the future.  

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