The past couple of years I have started making more and more handmade cards. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first reason is that cards are just plain overpriced! I really don't want to spend $3-5 on a card. The 2nd reason is that I have had trouble finding cards that say what I want them to say!
I love to scrapbook and lots of scrapbookers also make handmade cards. I had never gotten into that trend because I am a scrapbooker who really doesn't do much stamping. Most of the handmade cards I have seen involve stamps! I have loved the stamped cards I have seen, but I have never mastered the art of stamping. Honestly..when I use stamps I have ink all over the place and my stamped image is usually unrecognizable! 🙂
I decided to try my hand at making some cards WITHOUT stamps (until I take the time to really get the hang of stamping). I have been really pleased how the cards turned out. I have incorporated photos into many of my cards and that has added a personal touch that I definitely couldn't have gotten from a store-bought card.
The card I am showing you today is for my mom for Mother's Day. (Mom…if you are reading…sorry to spoil the card surprise… 😥 )
I started out with some ready to go blank note cards from Michaels! They have some bins by the scrapbooking supplies that are by Studio G. The items are only $1 each! I got a pack of 6 blank note cards for only $1. That seems like a great deal to me and I don't have to hassle making the card itself!
I went digging into my stash of supplies and found some rub-ons that would work great for this project. I found some coordinating paper to match the rub-ons.
If you aren't familiar with rub-ons…they are an embellishment for paper crafts. They go on seamlessly and look almost like they were printed onto the paper! They are a great alternative to stickers and kind of have a vintage look to them! I think they look a lot better on cards than stickers do!!
Here are some adorable rub-ons from Joann's that would make really nice cards!
The rub-ons I used I have had for quite a long time…they are from an older line of My Mind's Eye called Sundress. I love this collection!!
I had a set of various items from this line that coordinated. One item was this set was a die cut bird. My mom loves birds and I thought this was pretty. I used mini pop dots to make the bird 3 dimensional. I think that having something up off the front of the card adds a lot to the card!
Here are some more ideas for embellishments that could be used to make the front of your card “POP”!
I wanted to incorporate a picture of my mom and me when I was a newborn. I scanned in an old photo and then printed it off at home. I printed it in a small size so that it would fit inside the card. I used cardstock to cut out a mat for the photo.
I found a great Mother's Day type saying out of one of my FAVORITE scrapbooking resources…the book, Inspiration Station, by Betsy Flot. I love this book!!! I use it all the time for page titles, sayings and cards!
I have horrible handwriting so I decided to type the saying and print it out on some colored cardstock and then mat that cardstock to match the picture. Here is how the inside of the card turned out…
I used another rub-on along the very bottom…it actually shows when the card is closed too because of the scallop on the front of the card. I was really happy with how the card turned out. I think my mom will love it!
So..if you have never made a handmade card…you should try it out! It really doesn't take any specific skills and I think it will be something your loved one will cherish!
Do you make handmade cards?