How to make a basic card

I posted a video today on the YouTube channel for Crafting and Relaxing called, “How to Make a Basic Card.” It is part of a series that is designed to show beginning card makers how to make cards.  You can watch the video, look at the supply list below and hopefully you will be inspired to make a card. In this series I’ll keep things very simple and teach the basics.



Supplies Needed:

  • One 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock (or a pre-made card base)
  • Scissors and ruler (or a paper cutter), not needed if using a pre-made card base
  • Scratch paper (I used a paper bag that a purchase came in.)
  • Post-it (if you decide to make a mask for a rubber stamp)
  • Something to decorate the card base with
    • in the video I use three wood-mounted, rubber stamps, a black ink pad, and colored pencils

The first thing I did was cut the white card stock for my card base.  I recommend that beginners start with white or cream to get the most versatility from limited supplies. An A2 card is 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ and the cards I made in this video are horizontal so I took a piece of 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock and cut the length of it half by making one cut at 5 1/2″.  A regular size 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet of card stock can always be used to make two card bases. After cutting the card stock I set one half aside for the next card and folded the other piece.  I used the EK Tools Scoreboard to score and fold it for the first card, but for the second card I folded it without any tools.

Then, I inked my stamp carefully, tested it on scrap paper, and stamped the images on the front of the card. Be sure to let the images dry all the way before trying to color them. I usually stamp all my images before I start coloring. After everything was dry I colored in all of the images.  This took a while so I didn’t do very much of the coloring on the video, but I’ve included photos of the finished cards here on the blog. For the second card I demonstrated a masking technique that can be used to layer images.



I don’t typically decorate the inside of my cards very much because I write big and mail a lot of my cards so I like to leave space. Remember, you’re making the card so if you want to decorate the inside- go for it! There aren’t any rules. If you want to decorate the inside, do it after you complete the front (and it is dry). Then, decorate the inside and be sure it is dry before you close the card.

Keep in mind that the wood-mounted rubber stamps I used on these cards are old so you won’t be able to get the exact same ones.  My goal is to show you how little you need to get started and I’ll be doing another similar video soon with products that are currently available. Most stamps sold currently are clear and attach to clear blocks. I’ll give a tutorial on clear stamps in the next video. Also, I don’t ever want you to run out and buy things just because I have them in a video.  I have Stampin’ Up colored pencils because that’s what I’ve had forever. If you have other colored pencils use those, maybe you’re lucky enough to have a set of Prismacolor colored pencils sitting around.

If you want to make cards and you don’t think you have any supplies start collecting papers from junk mail (some of the patterns inside security envelopes are make great card layers), tissue boxes have beautiful colors and patterns, gift wrap, tags on clothes/purchases. Just start gathering them in one place and see what color groupings start to emerge. Consider what you have in your house for other activities or what other family members may have:

  • colored pencils, watercolor paints, markers or colored pens all work
  • acrylic paint and stencils
  • photographs
  • embroidery floss or ribbon
  • stickers
  • glitter glue…the possibilities are endless

There are two videos on my YouTube channel that I made for a Snowbird with limited supplies.  These might give you more ideas for getting started with limited supplies:


Put the Paint on the Canvas

Sometimes in life we just need to shake things up a bit. I was going through a rough time and I kept asking my sister questions about the “how to” of painting. To each of my questions she simply replied, “Put the paint on the canvas.” I finally did and I had a great time! I’m not a great painter, but I enjoy doing it.
IMG_6012.jpgOne day, after I had been painting for a few months, one of my friends told me she was getting a divorce. This friend first found out when her landlord called to ask her if she would be staying in the house after her husband moved out. (Let your brain soak that up for a minute!) I don’t know why, but I just knew she should come over and paint. She came to my house and there were paints, brushes, and some canvases spread out on the table. I gave her the same training my sister gave me, “Put the paint on the canvas.” She made a great first painting, got herself some supplies and continued to make more paintings. It was a nice distraction when she needed it.
Be open to whatever comes your way because it may be just what you need. Think of life as your canvas. When I’m fearful about trying something I remember, “Put the Paint on the Canvas.”

The First Time

When was the last time you did something for the first time?Hodelia 1

When I was little I watched painting shows on tv with my grandma and saw her produce gorgeous paintings on a regular basis.  Grandma did oil paintings, watercolors, pastels and used whatever came her way in an economical manner. The walls were covered in a variety of paintings and they were stacked in closets. Today, nearly every room in my house has one of her paintings hanging on the wall and this is true for many of my family members.

There are a lot of things I haven’t done, which means I don’t know how to do them and these things are uncertain, even scary for me. I see various products and wonder how they work. Which type do you buy?  When should they be used? Art journals, gesso, glitter paste, distress resist spray and mod podge are all things I have no experience with. The voice in my head says I’m not an artist and if I had that ability I would have found it by now. Then I remember something my cousin told me that I found shocking. My grandma didn’t always paint! What?? I’m younger than my cousin so this was something I couldn’t comprehend. My cousin thought our grandma probably started painting in her fifties. Fifties?? We can just wake up one day and decide to expand our horizons?
So, I ask you, when was the last time you did something for the first time?