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Week 5 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to donate or sell your cards and copyright

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

Week 5


Week 5 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to donate or sell your cards and copyright

Hi everyone thanks for joining me at week five of this mini series – cardmaking for beginners.

We are going to look at how to donate and sell handmade cards as well as Angel Policies.

How to donate your handmade cards

Donating your cards is the easy part, especially if you make lots of cards, like I do.  The best way to donate cards is to either

a) Supply your cards direct to a charity shop, you may want to pick a charity that is close to your heart first, although, any donation to any charity is going to benefit someone somewhere.  If you are supplying to the shop, it is always more professional to supply not only an envelope for your card, but package it too in a card cello bag.

I donate my cards to the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) charity and I advise them to price between £1 and £1.50 for the simple design cards and £2 for the fancy cards. My last lot of cards I donated there were 50 of them and if they price between the recommended amount – those could raise between £50 and £100 for the charity. (If you would like to take part in my card donations I am more than happy to accept cards with envelopes and cello bags if you have them – please contact me for more information).

or you can…

b) Donate the proceeds of the cards you sell as an individual or a business to the charity. This is particularly useful if you do a lot of crafty fayres, etc.  Remember though… as soon as you sell something and receive money for it… this is classed as a business. So it depends on what type of crafter you are, hobby or business. Please be careful and always check with the local tax office should you be worried about any come back on you as an individual. We need to look at copyright and angel policies too if you are selling cards which I speak about below.

How to sell your handmade cards

If you are wishing to sell handmade cards to friends or family or at craft fayres you must make sure that you are not breaking any tax laws for your area. If you sell handmade goods, as soon as you accept money for them that is classed as a business. In Scotland there are tax thresholds that you need to become clued up about – it is safer to give the tax office a call to make sure you are not breaking any laws or at risk of your benefits being affected too – keep yourself safe and within the law.

Okay – so that’s the boring part – the best thing that will help you sell handmade cards is to provide the envelope and package them up nicely. Make them attractive to the buyer. If you do crafty fayres, layout your table so that it is attractive to the eye and categorise your handmade cards. I find that generic cards such as birthday, wedding and sympathy sells more than say, a motivational card or a friendship card – everyone has a birthday but not everyone needs motivated lol. 

Make sure you are within the craft brand’s angel policy copyright guidelines.

Copyright and Angel Policies

Whatever brand you use you need to make sure you are within their Angel policy and not at risk of breaching it. Please see brand guidelines which can usually be found on their website, alternatively, request a copy.

With Stampin’ Up! we have a specific copyright stamp that we must use on the cards if we are selling them. This can be stamped on the back along with your own contact details. If you designed the card from your own imagination and creativity, mark your spot on your design by adding your own copyright watermark or label. Ensure you always give credit to Stampin’ Up! by using the copyright stamp (or label). We have a stamp set named “Make a difference” which has a copyright stamp, a handmade by stamp and a few others that are perfect for sellers. You can have a look at it by clicking the image below (please watch the youtube video also as I show you how to make a custom stamp using this set):


For more information on Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy please click on the link below:

Stampin’ Up! Angel Policy

YouTube Handmade Card Tutorial (Stampin’ Up! 2019) live premiere at 9pm Saturday 14th September….




Previous Episodes

Week One    How to make a handmade card, supplies design and finding inspiration Click to view BLOG POST




Week Two    How to make a handmade card, basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology   Click to view BLOG POST




Week Three    How to make a handmade card look professional




Week Four    The benefits of cardmaking



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 6) we will look at how to set up a cardmaking business (from my own experience).

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Love Tricia x


Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

I still have my FREE GIFT offer running please see the Free Gift Offer Page Here  

Have a look at our awesome occasions catalogue too!




With the new catalogue finally here and LIVE online at my online shop, now is the time to start shopping. Simply click the Shop Now image above to get started (grab a cuppa first you could be while!)  If you prefer, I can send you a copy of the catalogue but it you will need to cover the £3.95 P&P (this will be refunded after you make your first order with me) .  Alternatively, click link here 2019-2020_Annual_Catalogue to download a copy to save onto your PC.

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Use my monthly Hostess Code

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Now remember to use my hostess code which you will find on the right hand side of this screnn and under my Hostess Code Page – this changes every month so make sure you use the correct one.  When customer orders cumulatively add up to £150 I can claim Stampin’ Rewards for free product to share amongst those who order that month.  If you plan to spend £150 on your own, do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards for free product at time of ordering!  If you are unsure please use my Contact Me page to ask any questions.

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time 🙂

Contact Me: Tricia Smith, UK Indpendent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Scotland, UK (

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Happy Shopping!
Love T x

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