Card Making Supplies: Paper,
Embellishments, and Tools
There are a variety of card making supplies available online or at your local craft store. Sorting through what you'll actually need (and how to use it) can be difficult, though.
You don't want to spend money on items you may not need--that defeats the purpose of saving cash by making your own invitations and cards!
Below you'll find the basics of card making...from embellishments to the paper you should use, and the tools that will make your project come together perfectly!
Embellishments add that special something to a card...they may just be the most important part of your card making supplies! They will make your invitations stand out, and you'll have fun finding items that will look good on your invites. You can use just about any small item as an embellishment (providing that it is flat enough to fit in an envelope to be mailed). Items include, but are not limited to, the following:
Eyelets serve two purposes: they make invitations look nice, and they can hold two or more papers together. They come in a bunch of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you're sure to find one to fit your theme.
Brads are small metal "clips" that you can use to decorate your invitation, or hold two or more pieces of paper together with. They come in a ton of different, sizes, shapes, and colors, and don't really require a tool to put them on (you can use a tool, but it's not a must).
Ribbons can make a card really fancy or give it a casual feel. They can be tied in different ways to create unique designs, and come in a variety of colors, patterns, and thicknesses. Hands down, a ribbon is the most inexpensive way to give your invites a professional feel!
Do you have some old buttons around the house? Why not use them for your invitations? They make great card making supplies! Buttons look really cute attached to the front of an invite, or can be used to hold an invitation closed.
Photographs are a great way to add character to your invitations! The good news is, with technology today, you don't have to worry about ruining a photo to use it on an invitation...simply scan it into your computer and print it, and you have a perfect personalized (and inexpensive) embellishment!
Want to make your invitation "pop" off the page? Consider using sewing to add detail! You can hand sew a pattern onto your invitation, or use your sewing machine to create a more difficult pattern. You'll be amazed what a contrasting stitch color does for the look of your invite!
There are a variety of scrapbooking embellishments you can add to your projects...I would never be able to list them all here! Head to a craft store to look for card making supplies, and walk down the scrapbooking aisle to find scrapbooking stickers, die cuts, clips, flowers, tags, frames, and so much more. Just about anything that you'd put in a scrap- book will look great on your custom invitations!
There are so many papers to choose from! All the paper you need can be found down the scrabooking aisle of any craft store. Try mixing and matching the papers below to add interest to your invitation:
Regular Weight Paper - Regular scrapbook paper that feels thin and is easy to fold.
Cardstock - Heavier weight paper. It feels thicker and is usually preferred to use for invitations. This paper will give your invites stability.
Vellum - Opaque paper that you can slightly see through. Used for an overlay on projects.
Although you won't need to use all of these tools on every project, the following are the general tools you'll use when making invitations or cards:
- Paper trimmer
- Scissors - regular and patterned
- X-Acto knife
- Metal-edged ruler
- Bone folder
- Eyelet punch and setter
- Glue stick
- Glue dots
- Fluid chalk line
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