This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of cardmaking, looking at the occasions you could create for, the different types of greeting cards you could make, and the materials we recommend you use, amongst many other points of interest!
There is arguably no tool as vital as a craft ruler – for the upmost accuracy and precision in your card making, this tool is necessary. Metal rulers ensure durability and reliability, with the ability to not succumb under heavy pressure.
Craft knives are ideal for card making projects as they can cut through a variety of strong materials. Especially essential for cutting out fiddly designs, using a craft knife is an advantage if you're planning on cutting out a series of intricate shapes.
Although more difficult to cut smaller, intricate designs, scissors are better if you're looking to cut a large amount of paper shapes for your projects. Usually coming with specially designed handles for comfort, scissors are important tools that allow you to produce many layers to incorporate into your card designs.
Paper trimmers differ from scissors and craft knives as they only cut a straight line. Trimmers are perfect for providing the ultimate in accuracy, creating a crisp, precise cut every time. They can cut through thick materials or several layers of card quickly and all at once – perfect if you're looking to create a mass amount of cards!
If you want to use a cutting knife, then a cutting mat is a vital item! Not only do they prevent you from cutting up your table, but they also help with measuring, modelling and to protect your work surfaces from other messy materials like adhesives, ink, pens and more.
If you're a passionate papercrafter or a complete perfectionist, you'll benefit from using a scoring board in your card making projects. This tool enables you to create sharp, impeccable lines and folds in cardstock quickly and easily, catering for a variety of card sizes and greeting card types