For all my Crafty Card Making Friends and Fellow Bloggers
a short questionnaire and GIVEAWAY
I was recently asked to assess a pack of pretty card making paper and to come up with a few designs using said papers. Now I can pretty much create a card from anything, but this paper is pretty specific and once I started, I realised that for some people the task could be quite difficult. Further into the assignment I realised it was going to be quite difficult for me too.
It set me to wondering what is that essential element that I need to create a card. I love co-ordinating products. I love sturdy card bases, can’t be doing with flopsy mopsy cardstock. I also require a really crisp cutting guillotine or paper trimmer. Stamps have become an essential element for me too, and if co-ordinating dies are available, I know I can create something really stunning.
Techniques available to cardmakers are varied and many. I like to ink sponge the edges of my embellished or stamped piece before matting. A modicum of fussy cutting doesn’t go astray if dies are not available. Matting is used to enhance colours in the design and inks I choose to work with. Greetings are important, sometimes I put the greeting inside the card sometimes on the front of the card.
Depending on the style of card I make – I may also create a one layer card sometimes allowing the design to speak for itself. The card below is simply a piece of pretty designer paper mounted straight onto the card front and embellished with a greeting, some diamontès and a 1/8″ ribbon bow.
When it comes to embellishment, I reach for diamontès, glitter paper, small sequins 3, 4 or 5mm, sometimes a glossing agent such as Glossy Accents, thin ribbons (my preference is something no wider than 3/8″). I also like to use Versamark and embossing powders with a heat tool.
Colouring is also high on my list for making my designs really come to life. My watercolouring skills are something I want to improve, but since a card is quite a small canvas, I can manage to create something pretty with the skills I currently have. No masterpieces yet, but I do enjoy it. I also use copic markers and coloured pencils both watercolour and otherwise.
I wonder if you would spare a few minutes of your time to answer some questions. I am trying to get a better understanding of what the quintessential card maker requires for his/her crafting needs especially card makers. N.B. Comments close on July 7th.
- Apart from the obvious things like cardstock and pretty designer papers, what are your top 5 that you couldn’t do without in your card making process?
- Are your cards generally one layer or do you prefer to add many layers and lots of embellishment?
- Do you use stamps, how important are they to your cards?
- Do you use Dies, how important are they to your cards?
- Do you use a die cutting machine?
- What is your favourite embellishment, the thing you always reach for?
- Glue or double sided tape? What is your preference?
- Do you fussy cut elements from other papers to make layers for your cards or to embellish them?
- What size cards do you usually make, do you make your own envelopes or buy them in packs with scored cards all ready to go?
- What type of inks do you prefer to use? Why are they your favourites?
Anyone who takes the time to answer my questionnaire will go in a draw to win a selection of beautiful 6″ x 6″ designer papers and cardstock scored and ready to make beautiful cards.
I thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my questions. I know that the card making field is mega huge and we all have different ideas, budgets and requirements.