Card Making

Card making is the craft of hand-making greeting cards. This hobby allows individuals to create personalized and unique cards for various occasions using different techniques and materials.

Description and How to Do It

The process involves selecting cardstock and using a combination of stamping, embossing, die-cutting, and other techniques to decorate the card. Additional elements like ribbons, buttons, and stickers can be added for embellishment. It requires creativity, a sense of design, and basic crafting skills.


  • Creativity and Self-Expression: Encourages artistic expression through design.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Improves dexterity through detailed craftwork.
  • Personalization: Allows for creating meaningful, personalized messages and designs.
  • Therapeutic Activity: Offers a relaxing and satisfying hobby.

Best Age to Start

Children can enjoy card making from the age of 6 or 7, with more complex techniques introduced as they grow older.


  • Websites: Crafting blogs and websites for inspiration and tutorials.
  • YouTube: Channels like Jennifer McGuire Ink for card making techniques.
  • Books: “The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking” by Judi Watanabe (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Cardstock: $5-$15 for a pack.
  • Cutting Tools (scissors, paper trimmer): $10-$30.
  • Stamps and Ink Pads: $10-$50.
  • Adhesives (glue, tape): $5-$15.
  • Embellishments (ribbons, stickers, etc.): $5-$20.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with simple designs and gradually try more complex techniques.
  • Experiment with different materials and textures.
  • Gather inspiration from occasions and personal interests.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Engaging in card making for special occasions or as a regular craft activity, like weekly, is beneficial for skill development.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master a variety of card making techniques and styles.
  • Develop unique and intricate designs.
  • Teach card making skills to others or sell handcrafted cards.

Renowned Card Makers

  • Anna Griffin (designer and entrepreneur)
  • Kristina Werner (designer and instructor)

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