Making Progress With Card Making

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

You may have noticed more and more cards appearing on my blog lately. I hope you enjoy looking at them even if you aren’t a cardmaker yourself!

I like making cards, because I love it when I receive a handmade card, so I want to spread that joy! I also find it therapeutic. Like I mentioned in my last post, sometimes I fuss too much over my work. I find it easier to experiment on a card, as I’m not trying to do justice to a special photo or story like I am when I’m scrapping. Plus the bits I’m using are smaller, so it doesn’t matter so much if I end up having to throw them away!

To help me progress with my card making I took a class at Studio Calico called ‘You’ve Got Mail’. I didn’t have time to join in while it was live but I did get lots of ideas from it, and tried a few techniques out, like heat embossing with clear embossing powder to make a resist pattern for misting:

Pink Birthday Bunting Card by Jennifer Grace


Blue Bunting Happy Birthday Card by Jennifer Grace

Another thing I want to progress with is making more male cards, hence the blue and grey one above, and this one below:

Birthday Wishes For You, Handsome card by Jennifer Grace

All this experimentation means I’ve been accumulating cards, as I’ve been making more than I send. So I’ve started selling cards too! At a couple of local fairs, and on my Jennifer Grace Crafts Facebook Page. I’ve had some custom orders which are a fun challenge!

Be Inspired:

Create a resist pattern for some misting or painting

Make a project with boyish colours or products with a male theme

Add a border/flag across the bottom of your next project with stickers or tape!

Don’t forget that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

See you again at 6pm! x
  • I started cardmaking before I started scrapping but now I scrap more though I have made a few cards recently. Like you I love handmade cards and I always keep them. Love the resist idea must give it a try sometime.

    May 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm
  • These are fun cards – good luck with your enterprise!

    May 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm
  • Like Ruth…..I made cards before I started scrapbooking…….and love giving and receiving handmade cards……I do sell some to friends and family….but haven’t tried doing it online.
    I really like the second card…..I always find male cards more difficult.

    May 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  • Annie

    I’ve been promising myself to start a “birthday file” and make cards ahead to avoid my usual last-minute panics, but somehow it never happens! Love your cards – especially the resist misting effect 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  • I absolutely love handmade cards. The thank you card that you made and sent me stays in plain sight on my desk. I have been toying with the idea of making and selling some.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    May 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm
  • oohhhh love these! I have such a hard time making male cards, but these are fantastic!

    May 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Super cards Jennifer! I too made cards before scrapping…..I still make some for family and friends but not to sell!!! Male cards are the hardest…love yours!!

    May 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm
  • Dawn

    I too struggle to make male cards, so pleased to see more ideas here.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  • Pam Sohan

    Love the banner on the cards! Very cool male card.

    May 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm
  • Louise

    This past year has seen me make more and more cards….it has been a bit of a love/hate relationship!

    I love the effect you’ve achieved in the first two gorgeous cards x

    May 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Becky

    I don’t make many cards at all. I love the two you have heat embossed and misted. I may have to have a go at that!

    May 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • Marilize K

    I’m not a scrapbooker, but card-making is where my heart lies. I’ve been giving handmade cards to friends and family for about a decade now. I love all the inspiration I find online. Your cards are gorgeous. You’ll see how much fun you’re going to have doing this with your Silhouette 🙂

    May 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm
  • I really like seeing your cards. I have made cards for family for years but numpty here never thought of using them as a practise ground for techniques!!!!

    May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    I am bad a male cards. I always want to sneak flowers on there. LOL I really like your misting!

    May 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm
  • sandie cottee

    I was a card maker and still am. Often I liked the cards I made and became disappointed that I always gave my work away and had little to keep. So I started making mini albums for myself – around the same size as a card but with lots more pages!
    Cards and mini albums give me an opportunity to try out new techniques and materials, and like you I have far more cards than I send. I keep saying I will sell mine too.

    May 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm
  • jengd

    Great cards! I really like the bunting/garland and the fades in the first two. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who has problems making it to class when it’s live. 🙂

    May 13, 2013 at 2:14 am
  • i’m a cardmaker at heart too and just started a Design Tip series on my blog for cardmaking.
    here’s the first post #1 Visual Triangle

    May 13, 2013 at 3:01 am
  • I enjoy making cards but haven’t made many this year. I think I’m more inclined to do so with less stamping and more cutting and pasting. My cards have always sold well at craft fairs.

    May 13, 2013 at 4:01 am
  • I’m not overly keen on card making anymore much prefer scrapping but good luck with your new found enjoyment 🙂

    May 13, 2013 at 7:29 am
  • Ali Parris

    I make cards when I need them and try and do a second one so that I can put it in my stash as my family are always popping in to pinch a card or two!

    May 13, 2013 at 9:25 am
  • Frances

    Gotta try that resist technique – looks great!

    May 14, 2013 at 2:33 am

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