Sunday, July 22, 2012

Advice for a brand new card maker?

I might be helping a wonderful lady who was at our BBQ for the 4th of July learn to make cards so I wanted to ask YOU~~what tips/advice would you give to someone just starting out? What supplies are “have to have’s”??

Thanks in advance!!!


Monika/Buzsy said...

Danni... I wish someone told me to get matching ink pads, papers, and accessories. I started out getting things all over the place... and never liked my creations... something was always missing. SU! helped me get color coordinate. :o)

Trina said...

A good paper trimmer! I have 2 and neither cuts straight! I hear you whispering... I assure you it isn't simply operator error! :D

Sue from Oregon said...

A centering ruler (tim holtz works good), cutter bee scissors (couponed from JoAnn's), an ATG gun or adhesive like that, A good paper trimmer(I would start with a fiskars-couponed from craft store :)) and big shot or cuttlebug with nesties or embossing folders, adhesive eraser, glue dots, and a mini scorepal! Of course, you gotta have paper and stamps LOL. Oh, a memento black ink pad is a must. I also would buy a pack of what I call Walmart white paper (Georgia Pacific 110 lb---this is a good starter paper) Cheap to mess up on LOL!

Denice said...

Double sided paper and sketches!
Working with sketches is a great way to learn some of the different styles of card making and helps build confidence for someone just starting out. In fact, I have a handful of "go-to" sketches for those times when I find my mojo faltering!
Good luck to your friend.

eva said...

hi danni! i wish i had gotten my big shot when i first started card making. then a good paper trimmer, scissors, good cardstock, good paper to color on and even though it's expensive, i'd buy copics too and start practicing!

Cherie said...

ATG, trimmer, Memento black ink pad and sharp scissors used only for card making. As for stamps, I'd start with a basic sentiments. Make sure you teach her about good quality paper compared to the cheap stuff!

Christine Riley said...

Hey Danni,

I would have her start with a good paper trimmer (but it doesn't have to be expensive, I love my EK Success one that I've had for probably 10 years), an ATG gun, good quality cardstock (no sense wasting money on the cheap stuff that doesn't hold up), some pretty DP in colors that she likes (maybe a pack of DCWV from Michael's that is $10 with a 50% off coupon), some good ink (I use Colorbox ink for clear sentiments and SU for everything else), some cheap sentiments (Studio G is great, can get stamps for $1 at Michael's) and then whatever stamps she is interested in. If she's interested in coloring, I would start with just a few basic copic colors (a few browns or yellows for hair, some skin tones, and maybe some pink and green for outfits (and the green can be used for scenery too). How fun! :)
Hugs, Christine

Kathi said...

My advice would be to "start small".

Find your style and then you can start collecting.


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