Tips for New Card Makers

We were all new to card making once, looking for tips and help with this new craft. I was so lucky, I stumbled across Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube channel before I really got into card making. Her videos and tips saved me so much time and money. With over two years of card making under my belt, I feel comfortable sharing some tips here, in the hopes that I can pay that help forward.

  1. You don’t have to buy all the things. Start out small, purchasing supplies for a couple of basic techniques. You can branch out into new things once you know your in this for the long haul. I just recently started foiling things.
  2. Start out with ink cubes. They are less expensive than full pads, and give you the chance to try different brands without breaking the bank. Once you find the brand you like, invest in some bigger pads. The exception to this rule would be Versamark ink, for heat embossing. I’m a huge fan of Altenew ink, but Gina K and MFT are good too.
  3. Do spend the money where it counts, which to me is on good tools and good cardstock. I learned very quickly that ink acts differently on different types of cardstock. I love Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock for coloring, and for a plain white cardstock. It’s work the investment.
  4. Always use a static remover when heat embossing (powder bag or tool). Trust me.