I have found that making cards is a very satisfying endeavor and I hope you will find it rewarding as well. A few tools are necessary, and some tools may not be absolutely necessary, but they make your work much easier. The Stampin Trimmer pictured below is one of those tools. You can line up your cardstock, measure, score and cut all on the same unit. However, I realize that for some people it may not be in their budget. You can make a card without a Stampin Trimmer if you need to. I have listed the items you will need to get started.
- Scissors or a Stampin Trimmer
- Ruler of some kind that you can measure and draw straight lines with if you are going to use scissors.
- You need to be able to score your cardstock or carefully fold it in an even manner. Scoring cardstock makes folding easier but it is possible to fold without scoring.
Click on the link under the picture to see a larger more detailed picture of the Stampin Trimmer.
Supplies That You May Need
- designer or decorative paper
- glue, double sided tape, or a tape runner
- some bling
- ink pad for stamping
- some stamps for stamping sentiments
It is up to you to decide what you want to put on your cards and that will determine what supplies you will need. If you click on the Shop in My Store link on my home page, you will be able to browse and find anything you may need for your project. Each day I try to add cards of various kinds. These will give you ideas and you may want to replicate them or add your own special touch.
In the link above you will find printable PDFs that will help you learn how to cut an 8 1/2″ by 11 ” standard piece of cardstock in two pieces, that measure 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″or 4 1/4″ by 11″. Remember you will get two cards from each sheet of cardstock. Depending on whether you cut the cardstock in half horizontally or half vertically will determine the orientation of your cards. All orientations fit in the standard A-2 envelope.
I suggest you print the PDFs on computer paper. You can then cut them apart and fold where indicated. Personally I learn best by doing. This way you can learn before using your good cardstock.
If I can be of any assistance simply contact me from the home page and I will be glad to help you in any way I can. Once you get the hang of it you will be making cards without giving a thought to measuring.