Welcome to Card Making Crafts
where youll find loads of free card
making ideas to help you with your craft project.
If you're new
to card making please visit the Getting Started
page to find out what essential equipment and supplies you'll need, it's not expensive
to get going, if you're already into crafting chances are you'll aready have most
of the tools required.
Your Card Blank
One of the most important factors
when making cards is to choose the right card blank for project you are undertaking.
Not all card blanks are the same! The following is a guide to various card blanks
and there suitability for particular projects.
- Smooth card blanks are the best choice for either rubber stamping or printing
on using a computer and printer, however if you are using a digital printer be
careful to choose a low grammage card, you will need to check your printer and
find out the maximum paper weight that it can handle.
- Textured cards are mostly suitable for use with embellishments or decoupage,
however if the texture is not a heavy emboss such as a hammer texture then these
can also be stamped or printed on to. Linen texture is particularly suiting for
multiple uses. Textured card blanks tend to feel thicker to the touch than smooth,
however they may have a lower grammage, keep in mind that a 240 gms embossed card
may seem thicker than a 300 gms smooth card!
- Pearlescent card blanks are a very popular choice, however they have many limitations,
the pearl finish is created by coating the card, this coating is added as an aid
to printing, however the coating only helps industrial printers, not ink jet users!
when using an ink jet the ink tends to dry slowly, often smudging or not drying
at all. You'll also have problems if you want to heat emboss as the card will
curl and rarely return to its original state. If you want to rubber stamp on pearlescent
it's best to use solvent based inks.