Getting Started Can Be Confusing! Or Card Making 101

When I first decided that I wanted to make cards I went to my local Joann Fabrics. Don’t get me wrong the store itself is fabulous, but I had no idea where to begin. I wasted money, because I did not really know what I needed. In my mind’s eye I thought that I would find a kit to make a cute little card, but oh no- there were no kits. I bought card stock, envelopes, a few stamps, glue, glitter, scissors, and some cute embellishments. When I got home I looked at my stash and did not know where to begin. Just my luck HSN has craft day. Oh my, I spent several hundred dollars on items from Anna Griffin and Crafter’s Companion. All of which are wonderful products and I highly recommend. In fact, I will be reviewing the items in another blog. However, to make this one card that I had in my head I had already spent hundreds. Get the picture? Any future cards I make are not really saving me money as my supply list keeps growing and growing. I think we can all relate, that in the beginning, we spend far too much money. In reality, I should have kept things simple and purchased card stock, a couple of stamps, and some ink. I should have started small and added on slowly. I still find myself being tempted. The best thing to do is make a few cards, and then add to your design. Keep a book of designs – where you sketch out what you want to make and create. Add embellishments to your designs to jazz them up. As you become more confident, then buy more items and try new techniques. Every evening I watch YouTube videos to get ideas and learn techniques. Start slowly.  I always make 3 cards of each design so that I can keep one and give the other 2 away, that way I never forget how I made something. I will be posting pictures of two kits I ordered with a review. I ordered the October Paper Pumpkin kit and the Simon Says Kit. I can’t wait for both of them to come in! Happy crafting.

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