Plantable seed paper is easy to make at home. While some special equipment is required if you want to make sheets of paper of an even thickness, small pieces of paper can be created using just items that can be found around the house.
Seed paper is handmade paper that contains real seeds. The paper can therefore be planted when it is finished with and the seeds will sprout. This is a great way to make a card or gift tag that doubles as a small gift. As the paper can be made from recycled paper, this is also a very green project!
Find our more about making plantable seed paper in this step by step guide - How to Make Plantable Seed Paper.
Card blanks can be a great time saver when you are making a lot of handmade cards or invitations. Card blanks can, however, work out more costly in the long run. As card blanks are simple to make from folding a piece of cardstock, making your own can be a good way to save money. One of the most cost effective ways to make your own card blanks, particularly if you have a lot to make, is to use standard sized cardstock. Standard sized cardstock can be folded in a variety of ways to produce different end results. Therefore a single pack of cardstock can be used to create a wide number of different shaped cards. See Cards from Standard Sized Card Stock for more information.
When you make your own card blanks, ensuring that you have good crisp folds is key to achieving professional looking results. Take a look at this tutorial for a step by step guide - How to Fold Cards.
Do you have pictures of handmade cards that you'd like to share? You are welcome to show off your work here - Handmade Cards Show and Tell!
I've called this an 'almost origami' Easter basket as I've used glue to hold it together firmly (I believe that no glue is used in true origami projects).
This cute basket is made from a single rectangle of paper. I made the one in the picture using half a sheet of letter paper which I've cut lengthwise and this is the perfect size for holding an egg. For step by step guide to making this project see - 'Almost Origami' Easter Basket.
Picking the right sentiment for a card can sometimes be a challenge! I find Easter particularly tricky as the types of cards that I produce range from fun and funky cards full of bunnies and chicks through to more traditional designs with a religious theme. An amusing or cheeky sentiment would totally ruin the overall theme of a religious themed Easter card but would be perfect for a cutesy card.
I have collected a range of ideas for sentiments for Easter cards and other projects that range from short poems through to a selection of Easter themed jokes - Greetings and Sentiments for Easter Cards.
Use rubber stamps and tissue paper to make a customized small box. This is ideal for a gift box or to keep as a pretty household accessory. You can make these boxes in a variety of colors and styles by simply varying the color of ink or tissue paper used.
What I like about this technique is that the thin tissue paper allows the images to seen through the layers and this gives an interesting effect. If I use a rubber stamp that I particularly like, I tear out my favorite part of the stamped image and place this on the top layer so it can be clearly seen.
For a step by step guide to tissue paper and rubber stamp decoupage see the following article - Tissue Paper Decoupage
A surprising number of different items can be used to stamp images and designs onto paper. One quick and easy way to create an all-over design that is ideal for using as a backing paper in handmade cards and other projects is to stamp with bubble wrap. Bubble wrap creates an interesting design on the page and has the added advantages of being low-cost and readily available.
For more information and a step by step guide see How to Stamp with Bubble Wrap.
One of the great things about making handmade cards is that it doesn't take much to get started. Little in the way of special equipment or supplies are required to to make cards at home. After a while, many card makers do accumulate a lot of additional materials to help save time or to create cards using different techniques, however to start all you need are some rubber stamps and ideas! Complete beginners can quickly produce great looking cards at a fraction of the cost that it would take to buy a shop bought card. Here are some tips for beginners:
- Keep it simple - if you browse the Internet and look at some of the cards that experienced cardmakers are making, it is easy to get idea overload! To start, keep things simple and concentrate on the basic design before moving on to fancy techniques.
- General purpose stamps - look for rubber stamps that can be used for many occasions. Avoid stamps that incorporate a greeting or sentiment as this limits their use.
- Save any disasters - if you go wrong, don't throw the card away. Often complete disasters can be rescued by adding some embellishments or even covering over the disaster with another piece of paper.
- Keep a record - take a photo of your cards and a note of how you made it. This will be useful to look back on and it will also be a record of how your card making skills develop over time.
See Making Handmade Cards for more information about starting this rewarding hobby.
Here's a brand new free digital stamp for you to download and enjoy. As with all of our digital stamps, this is saved at 300 dpi, which will give you great quality prints, even at larger sizes. The digital stamp also has a transparent background which means it can be used with other digital images with ease. This bowl of flowers is ideal for spring cardmaking and scrapbooking projects. There is also a ready colored clip art version available and this is handy for using when time is short. The free images are available here - Free Flower Vase Digital Stamp.
Many surfaces are suitable for rubber stamping - including egg shells! Although stamping and decorating eggs can be a little fiddly, the end results are worth the effort. Rubber Stamped eggs will be perfect as Easter approaches and a few of these would make a lovely table decoration.
Read more about the technique of Rubber Stamping on Eggs.
This sheet of three 'be lucky' gift tags are ideal for adding to Saint Patrick's Day projects or other occasions when you want to wish someone a little extra luck. These are available as a PDF to make printing easy. The 'be lucky' gift tags are available here - Be Lucky Gift Tag PDF.