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Greeting Card Making Techniques

Like most things worth doing, many of these techniques require some practice. Use scrap card stock and materials and allow for some waste. Don't get frustrated and give up if things don't work out on the first (or third) try.

Basic cutting and folding - this may sound like easy stuff - and it is - but things go a lot better when you have these hints I provide. Learn about using paper grain to your advantage and why you need to score card stock before folding.

How to cut a window in a greeting card - Windows aren't too hard to do but it does take some practice to make them look really good. Windows add depth and interest to your cards and they have many uses. Also, see How to make a beveled window.

Dry Embossing - Those wonderful raised ornate borders, flowers, and decorative designs you find on wedding invitations and handmade greeting cards can be easily done by dry embossing. Embossing creates a raised area on the surface of the card that looks very classy. Embossing shows up best when light is skimming across the raised areas. Read more...

Heat Embossing - Undoubtedly, heat embossing is the snazziest way to enhance a greeting card. The raised, shiny plastic coating adds extra depth, dimension and texture to your greeting card projects, and you'll have everyone wondering how you achieved such a professional look.

Rubber stamping - Probably the most popular tool for decorating handmade greeting cards is the rubber stamp. Commercially available stamps come in every variety from coffee cups to feathers and monsters to bunny rabbits. You can also buy words and phrases or, with individual letters of the alphabet, create your own words. With such a wide range of choices you can convey just about any emotion and hand craft cards in no time. Read on...

Quilling dates back to some time between the 14th and 16th centuries CE. It's a fine and delicate papercraft consisting of strips of paper decoratively rolled and combined to form an image. The name comes from the fact that the quill of a bird's feather was used to wind the paper on. Quilling is also known as paper filigree and reflects the nature of its look to that of fine lacework or that done by jewelers. In addition to its use on greeting cards, quilling can also be found on gift boxes, hats, or as artwork itself.

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