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

Day Two – How to make a handmade card – Basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology

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Week Two– How to make a handmade card – basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology 

How do I learn card making techniques?

I’ll explain briefly some of the basic card making techniques out there and try not to overload you with too much information:

Basics to Card Making –

We touched on the basics of a card, basic equipment and matting and layering in last week’s Guide. If you missed it I will add in the Youtube link at the end of this blog.

Simple Stamping

Simple stamping is just as it says on the tine…. Grab a stamping block, attach stamp, ink up and stamp onto your card. This is a great technique for quick easy cards. You can also step up your simple stamping by adding layers, colour and embellishments. Visit Week One Guide for a recap. I have included a link to simple stamping to show you how you can progress from New to Casual to Avid type crafting here:

Two-stage & Three-Stage stamping

This is the next level up to simple stamping, and it is relatively easy too. This technique is used for images that have two or three layers (and two or three different stamps to use). Watch my YouTube tutorial below for a full demonstration. One tip though – you start with your lightest colour and work towards the darker one!

Water colouring with Pencils

Water colouring is not one of my own strong points but what you will need to water colour is: water colour card, an aqua marker, water colour paint or pencils and some clean water. Don’t forget some absorbent tissue for drying your brush too.  We stamp an image onto our watercolour card, and colour / blend slightly, before spreading the colour out with your aqua brush, the more water, the lighter the colour becomes and further it spreads.  I suggest you watch the Watercolour Stamping Technique video below from Stampin’ Up!

Basic Water Colouring Supplies:


Colouring with Alcohol markers (Stampin’ Blends)

These markers work great on all types of card, especially our Whisper White card stock. I usually stamp my image in black, then start colouring from the outside inwards with the lighter shade, working my way up to the darkest shade. I explain this more in the accompanying video at the end of this blog. I do like to stamp in black as I feel it lets the other colours pop out more.


Here is a great example of how I use my Blends:



Dry Embossing – Dry embossing is changing the texture of your cardstock by inserting it into a pattered embossing folder which you would then run through your die cutting machine. These embossed pieces can step up any card design from nice to wow. Embossing folders come in all different designs. I have listed some below as examples.


Here are some samples:


Wet Embossing – Wet embossing is changing from normal ink to special embossing ink, adding embossing powder to your image (quickly before it dries) then heat setting it with a head too. BUT, before you stamp you need to run an anti-static pad, or emboss buddy, over your cardstock. This removes static and can help prevent particles of powder sticking to areas you don’t want it to. (I explain about the heat tool further down the page).

You can combine heat embossing and water colouring – if you emboss an image onto your card THEN colour it, you’ll find that it is a lot easier to keep within the outlines…. Great huh?

You get all different colours of embossing powder, here are some of my favourites below:


What card making equipment do I need?

I explain more and show you my own equipment in the video below.

Here are some visual links for you to look at for more information on these hand held tools and other card making equipment:


How do I store and package my handmade cards

You can store your cards however you like, what I do is to place my cards in a card sleeve (very cheap to buy in packs of 100) and I keep them together for giving out to friends, for sending happy mail, etc. Sleeves help protect from dust, spills and grubby fingers (I have two boys!).

Stampin’ Up! Also have various storage solutions, not only for your cards, but for your craft supplies. These storage cases for instance, look how I store my DSP etc: 

These storage cases are my best friend at the moment. I use one for tools, adhesives, glue dots & tape, embellishments, velum, retired DSP and my stampin’ write markers

Storage by Stampin’ Up!

These storage by Stampin’ Up! solutions are awesome too, I’m waiting till I redecorate my craft room before I purchase my storage solutions.



Card Design terminology and more advanced card making

I explain all that we’ve learnt today as well as some information on card making terminology that I have learnt over the last year in my video below (I still have lots to learn).

YouTube Tutorial Week 2 Basic Card Making (2019):


Thank you so much for tuning in today, I hope that the information has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next Week…

Next week (week 3) we will look at a step by step guide on how to make your handmade cards look professional.


Just in case you missed Week One’s Episode, you’ll find this below for your perusal:


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