DIY Cards For The Holiday Season
Halloween is over, but the holidays still come thick and fast. In a couple of weeks’ time, Thanksgiving will be here and Christmas after that. So, cards at the ready because there is no better way to mark an occasion than with a lovely greeting. But, rather than head to the local store and buy a card, you can make one. Why spend all that money when a glue gun and glitter slash costs? Plus, why would you want to forfeit the chance of feeling achievement?
But, before you begin, there are tips which you need to understand. The odds are this is your first time creating a holiday card, which makes you a beginner. As a novice, there are some things you need to know beforehand. Here are the tips to keep in mind.
Keep It Simple
Trying to recreate a card from Scribbler is a bad idea. Remember that the big corporations have the resources and human resources to develop outlandish cards. You, on the other hand, don’t have either. But, this isn’t a problem as long as you stick to the basics and try not to over complicate matters. As a rule, a pair of scissors, a ruler and a glue stick from Glue Guns Direct are all that’s necessary. When you attempt to go big, you often end up going home! On your first go, just try and get to grips with the process before you do anything outlandish. Simplicity is the trick to creating anything worth remembering.
Stock Up On The Basics
Firstly, you don’t want to spend half of the time shopping for resources. It’s time-consuming and tedious at the same time. More importantly, you shouldn’t take a risk, not at this time of year. Now that it’s November, the crafting community will be out in their droves buying up all the supplies. So, it isn’t uncommon to head to a store and find they have nothing in stock. By buying in bulk now, there is no need to worry about running out of supplies. However, don’t purchase things you aren’t going to use because it’s a waste of money. Card, glue, glitter and writing pens are essentials that never go out of fashion.
Learn Which Stores Are Best
Before you can buy anything in bulk, you need to know where to shop in the first place. Not only do you need a store which has the basics in store, yet you need one that is cheaper than the rest. After all, crafting isn’t only a hobby but a way to cut costs at Christmas. For high street stores, you need to go in and check out the prices and compare them to their rivals. Only then will you figure out which retailers are affordable and which are extortionate. Alternatively, the internet is a fantastic place to find a bargain as high street shops have web deals which are only available online. Better yet, sites such as eBay have auctions and sell materials at a fraction of the cost. Gumtree and Amazon are two more places to check out.
Do you remember the tip about keeping it simple? Well, ignore it for the time being! Once you get to grips with card crafting, you can splash out and get more adventurous. One way to improve your designs if you aren’t artsy is with a stencil. As you know, all you have to do is draw around a piece of plastic and the image appears as if by magic. Stencils are not difficult to use, nor are they inaccessible. Any local craft store should have a range which you can incorporate into a card. Talented people can draw freehand and add a personal touch, but non-artists should stick to stencils. If they are good enough for Banksy!
Look For Inspiration
Real “artists” and “craftsmen and women” tend to think looking for inspiration is copying. Nonsense! Copying another person’s work is taking their design and regurgitating it line for line. Motivation is where you see something you like and add a twist to make it original. It may be the colours which stand out or the image, but it doesn’t matter. As long as it is different from the original, you should be proud. And, never stop looking. Once you have an idea, it isn’t the end because something else may catch your eye.
Even if arts and crafts aren’t your things, there isn’t a better time to get involved than now. Thanks to the low costs and the personal nature of a card, it’s much better than buying a generic one from a store.