How to make handmade cards - a guide to becoming a card maker

Day One – How to make a handmade card – Supplies, Design and finding that Inspiration 

A Free Step by Step Guide to card making for beginners 

This is a one off unique blog series where you will learn everything you need to know about handmade cards



Day One – How to make a handmade card – Supplies, Design and finding that Inspiration 

So, you’ve maybe asked yourself “How do I make a handmade card?”  or “How does a beginner start a hobby making handmade cards?” and you are not sure or cannot find the answer, well, in this five-part blog series over five weeks I will try to answer these questions for you. My name is Tricia and I’m an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.   All of this blog content is my own views based on my own personal experience. I’m not a master cardmaker by any means, but these basics should help to get you started. I have added a brief YouTube Video at the end of this blog, I hope you have time to view it after taking in all of this new information! 🙂

As the series progresses, we will move on to other aspects of cardmaking from simple techniques to creating a cardmaking business. 

Let’s get started… 

What do I need to make a handmade card? 

There are some basic supplies that you will need such as scissors, glue, a ruler, some cardstock, ink pads and at least one stamp set – you’ll also need a stamping block. 

Card Base 

I create my cards mostly the same size for easiness, I start with a card base, let’s use an A6 card size for reference. Take a piece of A4 cardstock and cut down with your scissors to 8” x 6” and fold in half. Some crafters use a paper cutter/trimmer as well as a scoring tool or board whereby they will simply score along the longest side of the cardstock at 4” and fold. There is a tool called the bone folder which comes in handy for creasing your folds and score lines.   We will go over equipment in more detail next week.

Both methods will give you a 4” x 6” card base that will fit a C6 envelope.  There are other sizes of cards you can make to fit in other envelope sizes such as DL (letter) or A5.  For the purpose of this series I’m concentrating on the measurements above. 

Card Layers 

This is a layer or either DSP (Designer Series Paper) or Cardstock which is cut to 1/8” or 2/8” smaller than the card front, by cutting it shorter it allows you to show off the lovely card base colour underneath. Using DSP gives your card a focal point straight away that won’t need much more work to make it a greeting card. I often add a further layer again smaller than the first layer which I can then stamp images on to and colour etc. You can step this section up by adding some foam pads (dimensionals) to any layer to give it some height. 

Sentiments / Greetings  

Once you have the main part of your card complete as above, you can add extra smaller sections or layers for adding a sentiment. It is a good idea to use the same group of colours as the rest of your card so that it co-ordinates well.  Having at least one stamp set will get you on your card making journey. You can buy basic sentiment sets such as the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stampset which has a good mix of words and different type fonts.  

Ribbon and Embellishments 

To finish off your card you may want to add some ribbon or some sparkly gems, but these aren’t necessary whilst you are learning the basics. 

Card Kits 

If this still information leaves you feeling unsure of whether to start cardmaking or not, then an all-inclusive Card Kit may be for you. Card kits are available in my online store and come packed with card bases, envelopes, embellishments and some even have a stamp set and ink pot in there too! All you need to add is your glue, scissors and some imagination. You can view the full range of card kits available by clicking on the image below: 

kitsWhere can I purchase cardmaking supplies? 

You can buy cardmaking supplies from any craft store either online, in your local town centre or even second hand from friends or adverts posted online.

You can also buy all the supplies you need from my online shop. I have linked the basic supplies that you would need to start, below for you to view. This is only a starting point, there are so much more lovely supplies you can purchase. Simply click on the images below to view full product information. 

 Here is my suggested starter kit for beginner card makers:  

How do I design a handmade card?

Where can I find inspiration, ideas and further help? 

You can find inspiration everywhere around you in some form, but more specifically, the internet is your best place for cardmaking inspiration.  There are a few places that you can look such as my business pages (click on links) Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. These are the main channels that I use to search for that often lost inspiration (don’t worry it never leaves me for long). I also hope that I provide some cardmaking inspiration to my followers and subscribers. I post free online class tutorial blogs numerous times every week as well as offering support, encouragement and friendship to my community of online crafty friends. You are most welcome to join my FB Community Group too – it’s called Crafty Stampin Club.  Please join me by liking, following, subscribing and signing up for my newsletter – I’m always happy to answer any queries and well, I could talk about cardmaking and the Stampin’ Up! Products that I use all day every day! My page links are: 

Facebook Page 
Facebook Community Crafty Stamping Club Group 

You may take a few months to find your feet and find that special brand of craft supply that you enjoy working with. It took me 8 months to find my favourite brand Stampin’Up! and I haven’t used another brand, or looked back since! But you’ll find a brand you like personally.


YouTube Tutorial (2019):

A beginners guide to cardmaking



Here are some more links if you are looking for even more ideas, inspiration and all round general crafty fun. These links are to some of my team’s pages, my up-line’s pages and my team mates pages. My #teamsmithy ladies and the #teamscrimpy ladies are all friendly supportive crafters who I now class as friends ….. we will discuss the benefits of cardmaking in week four.


Louise Wheeler – Cherry Flower Creations
Website Link
YouTube Channel


Amanda Charlesworth – Scrimping Mommy
Website link
YouTube Channel

Karen Egan – Crafty Karen Designs
Website Link
YouTube Channel

Louisa Hall – Hall About Stamping
Website Link
YouTube Channel

Victoria Littlewood – Vickie Lou Designs
Website Link

Donna Lester – Taffy Crafting
Website Link
YouTube Channel

Ashley Morrison – Applelover53
Website Link
YouTube Channel

Next Week…

Next week (week 2) we will look at a step by step guide to basic card making, techniques, equipment and terminology.





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