Craft Paper | High Quality Card Making Paper & Card Stock
Papermilldirect specialises in providing the highest quality craft paper and card possible, directly to you. Our full selection of card making paper is available to browse and buy online, so please feel free to have a click around and get some inspiration for your next project.
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Pick & Mix
Select different weights, colours and textures of craft paper or card in one box.
It does what it says on the box – pick whatever you like from our fantastic range of card making paper and mix it in your box!
Give your project that extra “wow” factor with pearlised paper and card – available in packs or as part of a pick and mix box! Each pack of pearlised paper provides a fantastic shimmer and comes available in a wide variety of colour options for you to choose from. If you find yourself spoilt for choice when taking a look at our range of pearlised craft card paper, you can take advantage of our pick and mix boxes which allow you to select a number of sheets of paper or sheets of card (the number of sheets depends on the type of box selected).
Pick & Mix Pearlised
Your choice of pearlised in A4 and A3.
Packs of Pearlised
Same gorgeous pearlised but in small packs.
Packs of Paper & Card
Choose from our full range of stunning colours and sizes – from A6 to A1, 12×24 & 12×12!
Packs ofPaper & Card
Select a pack from our extensive range.
12×12 Packs of card
Pick from our range of beautiful colours.
We are proud to offer a great choice of pick and mix craft paper or card boxes in a range of sizes, all conveniently packed into one box. This allows you to pick whatever you fancy from our fantastic range of card making paper, and ensures that you have exactly what you need for your next craft project. We also have packs of card available in our distinctive range of colours and offer a fantastic range of pearlised card and card blanks, giving you a great range of high-quality products that you can order quickly and easily online.
How Is Craft Paper Made and Why Is It So Popular?
Unlike other types of paper sold by Papermilldirect, craft paper card is produced from chemical pulp in the craft process. As craft paper is made using softwood which has long fibres, this paper card is stronger than other types, making it ideal for a wide range of purposes. In addition to this, the process used to produce craft paper removes the lignin present in the wood, which creates an increase in elasticity and resistance to wear-and-tear.
In addition to the strong and durable nature of craft paper card, you will find that it is also incredibly porous due to its relatively course texture, making it a fantastic option for crafts which involve glue.
One main advantage to craft paper card is that it’s bio-based, renewable and bio-degradable, so you can rest assured that the products within this range are highly recyclable, compostable and eco-friendly.
As craft paper card is much stronger compared to other forms of paper, you can find it used in many applications, including its use as paper sacks for various materials, grocery bags as well as wrapping paper for flower bouquets.
Although thicker than other traditional printing paper, another advantage associated with our supply of craft paper card is its thinner design, which allows for greatly improved flexibility.
Ideal for The Paper Craft Enthusiast
Whether you are in need of craft paper for personal use, or for use in an educational class, you can rest assured that our range of craft paper card is perfectly suited, no matter the purpose. You may wish to take a look at our paper craft artist work to get inspired with all of the different types of crafts you can do yourself with our selection of craft card.
Other Supplies You May Be Interested In
To complement your purchase of craft paper card, you may also like to take a look at our selection of multi-purpose office paper for versatile premium printer paper that’s compatible for both inkjet and laser printing.
For those looking to create an invitation or professional letter using our craft paper card, see our range of craft envelopes, available in a variety of sizes and colours to suit your preferences.
If you’re in need of craft supplies for your paper crafts, look no further than Papermilldirect. We stock an array of supplies such as adhesives, artist pencils and even decorative stamps.
Prompt Craft Paper Delivery
Learn how much craft paper delivery will cost by taking a look at our deliveries page. Here at Papermilldirect, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the best customer service at all times, which is why we choose DPD to deliver your craft paper order if it totals over 1. 5kg, or Royal Mail and UPS for orders below this weight.
Additionally, you can receive FREE delivery to your chosen mainland UK address on orders over £60.
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If you are shopping on behalf of your business or educational facility, you may be interested in opening a Papermilldirect trade account to receive impressive savings of up to 40% off your orders when you buy in bulk.
Not Sure What You Need?
With such a big range of craft paper and card stock to choose from, it can sometimes be a bit tricky deciding exactly what you need. That’s why we offer a sample range to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. For just £1 and no additional shipping cost, you can get a box of 10 card making paper samples of your choice directly to your door.
At papermilldirect, we pride ourselves on the continuity of our products, meaning that you can always depend on us to provide your preferred paper or card for your project. You can find out more about our stock on our help page, and as always, please do get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions.
For further information regarding any of our types of craft paper card, give us a call on 01539 735 252 or alternatively, you can fill out and submit your query using our simple online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
A3 Paper & A3 Card
A3 Paper Card from Papermilldirect
Look no further than Papermilldirect for professional-quality A3 paper and card. We only stock premium quality A3 paper that’s guaranteed to perfectly suit a wide range of purposes, from printing to crafts.
Not unlike our range of A2 paper, we stock an extensive range of A3 card with varying colours such as the Maya Blue Double Sided Pearlised Card 300gsm and Ice Gold Double Sided Pearlised Card 300gsm.
In addition to our selection of essential colour options available, the A3 paper card within our range also comes available in a host of different textures, such as pearlised, metallic and materica, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to find the card that perfectly suits your requirements.
Double and Single Sided A3 Paper Available
Choose from our range of double- or single-sided A3 paper card. Double-sided is an excellent option for crafting purposes, whereas if you’re looking for A3 printing paper, single-sided would be a great cost-effective solution.
Both our collection of A3 double-sided paper and single-sided coloured card are made using a specialised process which provides a deep and rich colour that’s sure to catch the attention of those who see your printing or crafts.
Get Your Craft Supplies from Papermilldirect
Alongside our fantastic range of A3 paper, we also provide an array of craft supplies to complement your choice of card. Take a look at our craft supplies, including adhesives and tapes, storage boxes, plastic bags and more.
Express Shipping Available
If you choose to order your A3 paper from us before 2pm, you will be able to take advantage of our express shipping option (for an additional charge) for same-day dispatch and next-day delivery. Additionally, for orders over £60, we will give you FREE delivery!
Order Your A3 Coloured Paper Card Today
Take a look at our entire range and order your A3 paper from Papermilldirect today. For further enquiries about a particular set in this collection, contact us by phone on 01539 735 252 or send us a message using our quick online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
Top 12 Card Making Tips and Tools from the Pros
In this day and age there is nothing quite like receiving happy mail. A handcrafted card is so personal and special. Here at Craft Warehouse our paper crafts team are all card makers themselves, and they know there is also nothing quite like the joy of creating hand made cards for family and friends. This popular craft can seem a little intimidating to get started…. we can help make it easy to jump in and start stamping. You can get hands on experience in the store- we offer scheduled card crafting events every month, or ask about getting started stamping the next time you visit- we can help!
Here are our top 12 card making and paper craft tips from the pros!
All supplies available at Craft Warehouse stores. Come in and try these tools. You will also see many paper craft and card samples that have been made from our design team.
Top 12 Card Making Tips
1. Clear Stamps – Clear stamps may not be new – but we’re often surprised how many people don’t use clear stamps and are kind of intimidated by them. Clear stamps take up less space and are easier to store. But, most importantly, clear stamps are used with clear stamp blocks, which makes it easier to create the layout you want because you can see your design through the clear stamp block. You can also create “custom stamps” by combining small stamps together on the block. Using clear stamps and clear acrylic blocks have become a real game changer in stamping.
2. Nuvo Drops – Nuvo Drops make gorgeous little raised dots on your paper craft projects- way more affordable then embellishment epoxies and you can customize size, layer color in color, and more.
3. Distressing Paper Edges – One of the tricks that card makers and craft paper artists use is inking the sides and edges of cut paper. When you cut paper there will be a white core showing and just by darkening this edge with ink you can make your project look better. Many people use the ink to come in on the edge of the paper shape, which gives the paper an aged or grunged effect and adds a lot of depth to your piece. We like using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads for this. They were made just for this purpose and work best this way.
The video below shows two different ways to do this. Both will make your finished project look more done. It just depends on which look you prefer. We like using the The Distress Inks come in many colors and in two sizes. Some colors are so soft you barely notice it, so don’t think you need to embrace the grunge look to use this tip.
4. The Quickstik Tool by We R Memory Keepers – This quicker-picker-upper is what you will want when working with anything small; small bits of paper, googly eyes, sequins, pearls, rhinestones, charms, and more. One end has a low tack sticky point which helps pick up and place small items. The other end has a clear small plastic chisel shape which is ideal for moving small or tiny items in place. Pull that chisel end out and you will find a pointed acrylic end as well. And speaking of acrylics, if you have long nails (or no nails) this will be extra handy for you.
5. Quality Matters – The better quality paper and ink you use, the better your project will turn out. For example, we prefer to use ultra smooth heavy weight (100lb) cardstock for stamping on to and coloring because it accepts all kinds of inks beautifully and you can achieve clear crisp images with stamping on to this kind of cardstock. We worked to put together high quality card and envelope packs, and cardstock packs under the name of ‘Card Makers Choice’ so you can find it easily and know you are on the path to success!
The kind of ink pad you use matters, too. Our number one favorite ink pad is Versafine. You can read more about the best ink pads for paper projects here >
6. Tape Runners – Tape Runners are kind of a game changer when doing paper crafts. They’re cleaner to use and hold better than most other other ways of gluing paper. The only drawback is that they can be hard to use with cut-outs or to get the glue on the edge. If this is something you’ve experience, try the Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive Tape Runner. The dot pattern means that it doesn’t clump up and it can be applied in curved lines. Equally as helpful is the fact that when it first goes on it’s removable so you can reposition it. After a while the adhesive will become permanent.
7. Creating Backgrounds with Ink Pads – You can create inked backgrounds with other ink pads, but once you use the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink pads you will know why we prefer them for this technique. The hybrid mix of pigment and dye ink formula that these ink pads are made from means that you can create beautiful seamlessly blended inked papers when applied with blending foam or a blending brush. These inked papers can then be used for backgrounds, or you can stamp over them, or cut out shapes from with punches and dies. Techniques abound with these ink pads including stamping, watercoloring, and more!
8. Envelope Punch Board – All the We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards are lots of fun and will be great additions to your paper crafting tools. The Envelope Punch Board is a favorite. First off, you can make your own envelopes up to size 6″ x 8.5″, so that’s handy for a card maker. Secondly, you can make envelopes as small as 2.5″ x 3.” This easy-to-use Envelope Punch works great for creating your own gift card envelopes, envelopes within envelopes and other projects. Includes a rounded corner punch. (also available in mini-envelope punch board which make envelopes as small as 1″ x 1″).
9. Coloring in Stamped Images – Coloring in stamps is one of the elements of card making that can intimidate people at first. it takes some time and practice to get the results you want, but it’s easier and more intuitive than you might imagine. Our card-making pros suggest that you start with watercolor pencils or color pencils- as this is something you’ve probably used before and they give you lots of control.
When you’re ready to move on to markers , we recommend the Tombow Dual Brush Markers. We have several 10pc sets- these are a great way to get started as the colors inside have been professionally paired together to create a pleasing color pallet. Each set comes with 1 clear blending pen – use this to aide in blending colors together. These dual brush pens are double ended- you’ll find a bullet tip on one end- great for drawing or smaller details, and a brush tip on the other end great for coloring, brush lettering, and more. You can get watercolor like results from these pens by first coloring with the brush end onto a plastic pallet or glass surface to create a color pallet, and then dip a slightly wet paint brush into the color and then paint!
10. Invest in some specialty items – Every card needs some extra oomph to get to that completed look you’re striving for. Sometimes it’s twine, sequins, Nuvo drops, ribbon…..we like adding some shimmery glisten or a surprise element to a card whenever we can. The Snow Marker is a great item to use to take your card up a level.
This snow marker was used to create snow on a greeting card, but also worked great to create an ocean surface on the shark card.
A newer item that has been a fast fave is the Liquid Stardust by Lawn Fawn. You can add this sparkle to your watercolors, your ink palette, or your alcohol inks and you’ll get sparkly colors. Or just apply straight from the bottle to add some glisten to any project.
11. Cleaning your Stamps – This next tip is something people ask us about regularly- how to clean your stamps? Many people will tell you they use baby wipes, and so long as they are alcohol free that is fine…but an even better choice is the Stamp Shammy by Lawn Fawn. All you need is a little water to moisten the shammy and then clean your stamps. It’s safe for your stamps, there are no chemicals being used, and as you use it over and over again you have no waste. (Yes, your shammy will become stained with the ink as it is cleaned from your stamps- this is what is supposed to happen- a stained shammy is proof that your stamps are well cared for). When Shammy dries out you simply re-wet.
12. Die Cutting Machine – If all of these tips and tools are not new to you and you are in the market for something to up your card making magic – the next must-have would be a die cutting machine. You have a lot of options here. You can make a smaller investment and get a smaller machine like the Sidekick or you can get the larger die cutting machine like the Sizzix Big Shot.
AND, If you want to really expand your horizons and cut anything you want – take a look at the Silhouette Cameo – the ultimate cutting machine.
We hope these card-making tips have been helpful to you. All stores have at least one Card Make and Take every month. Many stores have card clubs where you can meet with other card makers, share tips, learn new skills and find out about new products. Find your Craft Warehouse store here to see their events >
7 Card Making Supplies All Beginners Need | Craftsy
Making your own stationary is THE BEST way to share your creativity with all your favorite peeps. And while you certainly can dive into the world of card making with nothing more than a pair of scissors, some construction paper and a bottle of white school glue, having a few more specialized tools and materials on hand will make the whole process a whole lot more fun.
1. Paper Trimmers
We’ll give it to you straight: a paper trimmer is a must for card making and scrapbooking. It keeps your edges straight and square and also makes cutting soooo much faster. You can find some pretty inexpensive (but perfectly effective) options at craft stores — just make sure you choose one that has both a trimming tool (for cutting paper) and a scoring tool (for creasing).
2. Circle Punches
These babies are life savers. Just like the name says, they punch perfect circular holes. Which means they also make perfect circular shapes you can attach to your projects. Grab a few in a range of sizes and we promise you’ll use them all the time — for everything from basic functional hole-punching to creating cool modern dot designs.
A stapler is clutch when it comes to attaching tags and small embellishments. A standard office stapler is fine to get you started, but eventually you might want to upgrade to a thinner design so you can get into tight places!
There are tons of different types of adhesives for paper projects, but for attaching photos and paper to cards, you’re gonna love the convenience of an adhesive runner like American Craft’s This to That. Just roll it over the paper and it leaves a solid trail of fast-drying glue behind it.
Keep in mind, though, that adhesive runner isn’t strong enough to hold everything. Don’t use it for gluing on thick embellishments like chipboard or holding together 3D projects, like boxes.
5. Liquid Glue
For fancier dimensional embellishments like chip board or buttons, use a strong, liquid glue. The Multi Mono Liquid Glue by Tombow is our go-to because it dries fast (only a minute or two to set) and holds everything perfectly in place.
6. Foam Adhesive Dots
Need some subtle 3D action? Use a foam adhesive dot to attach your doodads. The foam elevates your pieces off the page, literally making them pop.
7. Specialty Papers
Every card maker needs a stash of 8½”x11″ smooth, white card stock on hand. But the real fun begins when you explore all the other papers out there. Check out any craft store and you’ll see the options are pretty much limitless.
We suggest picking up a small amount of paper across a wide variety of styles at first (think metallics, florals, geometric prints), so you can really experiment and see what effects you like best. Then build your collection gradually from there.
How to Choose The Best Paper For Card Making – Make Beautiful Cards
When you’re faced with shelves upon shelves of paper at your local craft store…
Or you are clicking through page after page of paper choices on the website of your favorite online craft store…
How on earth are you supposed to know which is the best paper for card making?
Well, that’s exactly why I wrote this post.
But before I go through the best paper for card making, there is one basic paper property that’s important for you to understand. And that is paper weight.
Understanding Paper Weight
The subject of paper weight can be very confusing.
My goal here is not to give you an exhaustive explanation of paper weight. Rather, I want to give you enough information to help you choose the best paper specifically for card making.
Now there are two elements that make up paper weight.
The type of paper, and the actual weight of the paper.
There are many different types (ie categories) of paper – bond, book, text, index, bristol and cover (also referred to as cardstock) to name a few.
And there are three different measurements that can be used to describe the paper weight. There is the US basis weight (lbs), the metric weight (gsm or grams per square meter), and the points (or mils) system.
Here in North America, the standard paper weight measurement is in lbs (pounds) – so that is the measurement you’ll see me using here at Make Beautiful Cards.
Weight vs Type
One of the things that it’s important to know when choosing paper is that you can’t just look at the weight of the paper. You also need to look at the type of paper.
For example, let’s say you see a package of 24 sheets 100 lb weight cardstock listed at $10. Then you go to your local office supply store and see 100 lb weight copy paper priced at $10 but it’s for 500 sheets! So you buy the 500 sheets because you’re thinking that it’s a way better deal!
100 lb copy paper is NOT the same thing as 100 lb cardstock. If you try to make a card out of 100 lb copy paper you’ll be really disappointed!
So how can two different papers have the same weight, but not be the same weight?
I’m glad you asked!
How Paper Weight is Determined
Each category of paper I mentioned above has it’s own standard sheet size.
The weight of 500 sheets of that specific sheet size, for that specific category of paper, is the paper weight. So let’s say 500 sheets of text paper weighs 100 lbs, that text paper is referred to as 100 lb weight paper.
Other categories of paper will have their own standard sheet sizes. Alos, paper will also be lighter or heavier depending on how it’s made and what it’s made of. These things will all affect the weight of the paper.
Here’s a graphic I found to that gives you a bit of an idea of how paper weights compare (Source: Cardstock Warehouse). Remember, cover is the same thing as cardstock.
Which Cover Weights To Choose for Card Making
So the first thing to know is that cover weight paper is universally used for card making.
Which cover weight you choose is going to depend on what you want to use it for.
Here are the three main weights of cover paper you’ll find at your local and online papercraft stores:
- 60-65 lb: This is the common weight for lighter weight patterned paper. It’s a heavier weight than your typical copy or printer paper, but lighter than cardstock. It won’t hold many embellishments, and it won’t stand up to a lot of glue. It’s not suitable for creating a card base.
- 80 lbs: This is a great weight for creating card layers. Some people even use it to create their card base, however if you tend to add a lot of layers and embellishments, it might not hold up. It’s about the same weight as a typical business card.
- 100-120 lb: This is the perfect weight for creating the base of your card (you’ll hear me refer to it as your card base). It’s thick and sturdy and will hold up to a lot of layers and embellishments.
In the world of papercrafting, a lot of companies usually don’t list the paper weight on the packaging. But the paper weights I gave you above tend to be fairly universal.
Okay friends, enough of the technical stuff. Let’s talk about some different type of paper I recommend getting and for what.
How To Choose The Best Paper For Card Making
As I walk you through the best paper to choose for card making, I’m going to start with the must-have’s and then move to the nice-to-have’s. If you click on each image below, you’ll be able to see the exact papers that I use in my card making.
White 100 – 120 lb Cardstock (Must Have)
The first type of paper you’ll want is a heavy-weight cardstock for the base of your card (ie. card base).
The most common cardstock sizes are 8 ½” x 11″ (North America) and A4.
I always choose white, and my cardstock of choice is Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Thick cardstock (100 lb).
Well, I love the look of a white card – very clean. But it also tends to be less expensive than colored cardstock.
Now if you want your card to be a different color, you simply cut a cardstock panel to the exact size of your card front (usually 4 ¼” x 5 ½”) and glue it to the front of your card base.
The other reason I choose white for my card base is because it’s a lot easier to write in a white card than a card made out of a darker color of cardstock.
Now if you’re not big on white, you could also choose a cream-colored cardstock like Stampin’ Up!’s Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.
Ultrasmooth Cardstock (Must Have)
Ultrasmooth cardstock (sometimes called super smooth cardstock) is cardstock that has a smooth surface. You’ll notice the difference right away when you compare it to regular cardstock.
If you plan on stamping, coloring, or incorporating ink blending techniques into your cards, then you’re definitely going to want to have some ultrasmooth cardstock.
You’ll notice right away that your stamped images will be more crisp and clean. And when you’re coloring or ink blending – the color will glide on smoothly.
Having a smooth surface that is also absorbent enough to handle color is essential when you’re coloring. Especially when coloring with alcohol markers (my favorite way to add color to a stamped image).
My cardstock of choice is Stampin’ Up!’s regular 8 ½” x 11″ Whisper White cardstock.
Colored 80 lb Cardstock (Must Have)
Although I love a white card base, I don’t always want my entire card to be white. Sometimes I like to add a pop of color.
For some cards, I cover the entire front of my card base with a colored cardstock panel. For other cards, I like to add a colored cardstock border around one of my layers.
I would recommend buying a variety of different colors along with a few neutrals (black, grey, kraft). As to which colors? I would say buy an assortment of your favorite colors.
Stampin’ Up! offers 50 different colors of 80 lb cardstock, plus white, cream and black – in both 8 ½” x 11″ and A4 (depending on what country you are in).
One of the things that is great about Stampin’ Up! for beginning card makers is that you can buy assorted packs of cardstock colors in Stampin’ Up!’s color families like the one shown in the picture above.
Patterned Paper (Nice To Have)
Patterned paper can make a great starting point for cards.
Let’s say you can’t decide what colors you want your card to be. Easy! Choose a patterned paper you love, and then let that guide your color choices.
Patterned paper can also add that perfect finishing touch to your card. Let’s say you want to add some visual interest, depth or some complexity to your card – just add a little bit of patterned paper!
There are a huge assortment of different patterned papers – with every pattern, color, and style you can possibly imagine.
The two most common sizes of patterned paper you’ll find are 6″ x 6″ and 12″ x 12.”
Although you don’t usually see a paper weight listed on patterned paper packages, most regular patterned papers are around 65 lb.
You can also find specialty patterned papers that include embossing, or foiling. And these tend to be a heavier weight.
When choosing patterned papers, it’s all about personal preference. Buy what you love. What I would suggest though is that you look for papers that coordinate with the ink and cardstock colors that you already have. Or, if you don’t have coordinating inks and cardstock, then make sure you get some at the same time you buy your patterned paper.
I always buy my patterned paper through Stampin’ Up!, for several reasons. First off – all their products are designed to coordinate. Remember when I told you that Stampin’ Up! has 53 colors of cardstock? Well they have the coordinating inks too. And all their patterned paper will coordinate with their cardstock and ink colors.
The other thing I love about Stampin’ Up!’s patterned paper is that each package comes with 12 double sided sheets. That means that I have 12 different patterns in all to choose from, and all 12 patterns coordinate one with the other. How great is that?
Specialty Papers (Nice to Have)
This next section of papers is by no means comprehensive. What I have done is simply touched on some of the specialty paper types that I enjoy using in my own card making.
Foil sheets are cardstock sheets with a highly reflective surface that has a metallic look to it. They are perfect for adding metallic accents to your projects.
You’ll often see vellum cardstock used in wedding invitations. It’s cardstock that is translucent, which means that when you add it to your card, you can see through it to the layer below. Vellum cardstock is perfect for adding a touch of elegance and luxury to your cards.
Glitter cardstock is cardstock that has been coated with glitter on one side. It’s perfect for adding little glittery details to your cards. I’m really excited about Stampin’ Up!’s new Rainbow Glimmer cardstock because it gives you multiple colors of glitter paper in each sheet.
Velveteen or Flocked Paper
This type of specialty paper is paper that has been coated with a soft flocking giving it a texture that feels a lot like velvet. As with the other papers we’ve talked about, it’s perfect for adding elegant little touches to your cards.
Acetate is a completely transparent sheet that is made out of plastic, rather than a paper. Acetate paper is usually clear, although you can also find it in solid colors, or with patterns and designs.
Acetate is often used in the creation of specialty cards like shaker cards. You can also use them to add clear accents to your cards, or even to create card boxes.
Laser-cut paper is a specialty paper that has been pre-cut into a variety of shapes, or with a variety of patterns. As with all the other specialty papers we have talked about so far, it is used to add beautiful accents to your cards.
Watercolor paper is paper that has been specially formulated to be able to absorb a lot of water. It is used specifically when you want to incorporate watercolor techniques into your cards.
There you have it friends! I hope this post has helped clear up any paper confusion, and that you now know which paper is best for all your card making projects! As I share card ideas with you I’ll be sure to point out which paper types I used.
Card and Envelopes – Basic Supplies and How-to’s — CreateForLess
Cards and envelopes are the basic starting supplies required to create unique cards. Paper craft card making is the perfect place to get creative! Cards and envelopes are blank and ready to be embellished. Cards and envelopes come in a variety of colors. Cards and envelopes are often sold together, but card making paper is also available, as are envelope packs. It is best to look for acid-free and lignin-free cards and envelopes as they will not age as quickly.
Common Card and Envelope Sizes
Craft Card Tools and Supplies
Printed Paper – Add paper embellishments to your cards without adding bulk
Scoring Tools – These will help give even and smooth creases in the folds of your cards.
Punches – can be used to add embellishments to your cards. Use border punches for a good effect, or add punched paper.
Rubber Stamps – When your handwriting isn’t up to par, turn to an alphabet stamp for a homemade touch.
Adhesives – Use acid free adhesives for long lasting cards
Card sleeves are clear envelopes used to protect handmade cards, trading cards, or any other card that you want to keep safe. Card sleeves are acid free, lignin free, archival quality, and buffered, and will protect cards from dirt, oils, and acids. Paper Accents Card Sleeves come in 5.5″ x 8.5″ or 2.5″ x 3.5.”
Tips for Card Making
- Don’t take ideas from cards that you see in stores. Card making is much more personal, think about who you will give the card to and what they will like.
- Try to avoid drawing directly onto the card, it could make an impression on the other side.
- Don’t worry about perfection, homemade cards should look homemade.
- Get creative with dies and punches, layer them, add rubber stamps and other embellishments.
- Try to get creative with scraps too, sometimes layered shapes can look great as a background.
- Don’t forget the envelope! It’s another place to express your creativity!
Popular Card and Envelopes Brands
Card and Envelopes Decorating Ideas
Card Making Projects
An Easy to Create Spiral Pop Up Card
Coming Up Butterflies Spinner Card
Celebration Pop Up Card
Layered Rose and Butterfly Card for Mom
Happy Birthday Pop-Up Card
For tutorials on handmade cards and envelopes, visit ThinkCrafts. com!
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Supplies to Get Started Making Your Own Awesome Greeting Cards
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Greeting cards are an important facet of everyday life. We send them to commemorate graduations, congratulate new parents, or convey birthday wishes. The “greetings” sent can console, commiserate, or confess. Whatever a greeting card says, it helps us build and maintain relationships with those we love—both near and far away. Nothing is a more personal touch for these relationships than making your own cards. Some simple crafting supplies are all you need to get started.
Many of the supplies required to make quality cards overlap with scrapbooking and general DIY supplies. You may already own much of what you will need, but if not, consider this list a good place to start. From birthday cards to Father’s Day messages, your DIY greeting cards will be appreciated by all who receive them.
Scroll down to find the perfect basic supplies for starting your own card-making journey.
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Blick | $17.93
To get started crafting your own greeting cards, you will need a variety of cardstock. This paper tends to be thicker and of higher quality—meaning your cards won’t be flimsy. You can buy it in variety packs that give you maximum choice as you begin crafting. Choose jewel tones, summer colors, or pastels. You can also find sheets with different colors on either side. Shimmery metallics also make for a fancy touch. As you choose your cardstock, pay attention to the sheet size and weight (thickness) of the paper.
Paper Cutting Tools and Surfaces
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With your new brightly colored cardstock, there are multiple ways to ensure clean, precise cuts. Many scrapbookers and card makers use paper trimmers. These typically incorporate a blade and a base which makes measuring simple. Be sure to choose a trimmer with a base size to accommodate your paper sizes—often 12 inches will do the trick. This Dahle Rolling Trimmer is an affordable rotary trimmer (i.e. using a small rotating blade kept under a plastic guard). The plastic guide makes it easy to cute straight lines.
For more complex cuts, you will need an X-Acto knife. A self-healing cutting mat will protect your table and give you a secure surface upon which to work. These mats come in a variety of sizes. As their name suggests, they miraculously manage to withstand intense crafting. Of course, good-quality crafting scissors are also a must-have. (For creative edges, try those funky scissors you probably remember from grade school.)
Adhesives of All Kinds
Blick | $2.43
Adhesive options are virtually endless when working with papercrafts. To start, a classic glue stick is simple and efficient. A dot adhesive runner is also a good option. Simply trace along the edges of a piece of paper and press to adhere. There are also double-sided glue dots and double-sided tape. If you are working with photographs, these mounting squares are acid-free to protect your memories.
Stamps and Ink
StampWorlds | $5.80 (one stamp)
As you start your card-making journey, building a collection of stamps and ink pads will come naturally. Some stamps you will use year after year—including a birthday cake, a Hanukkah menorah, or an emphatic “Merry Christmas.” There are stamps for practically any occasion or taste. You can find them on Etsy, Amazon, or your local craft store.
Check out these frolicking kitties and happy cacti. Take a witchy turn with these phases of the moon or bring an herbal charm with these delicate florals. Wherever your stamp tastes take you, you will need archival quality ink pads in your favorite colors.
Markers and Pens
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Quality markers will help take your card making to the next level. Blick Studio Brush Markers are dual-ended and come in a variety of color sets. Calligraphy markers are specially made for writing. They come in colorful sets and precision tips for pros. If you would like to learn more about adding your own classical calligraphy using nib pens, check out My Modern Met’s guide to getting started with calligraphy.
Watercolor pencils are another option for decorating your cards. 1990s-style shimmery gel pens can add flair too. Acrylic and watercolor paints are an additional way to express yourself by turning your cards into miniature works of art.
Envelopes, Embossing, and More
There are countless other crafting supplies that can be used to create stunning greeting cards. Enhance your homemade birthday card with glitter or punch tiny Christmas trees for decorating your holiday missives. To send out your cards you will, of course, need envelopes, which can be decorated to match.
Embossing is a technique used by card makers to add raised or shiny stamp effects to your cards. Watch the above video for an introduction to embossing. Some basic supplies include embossing powder and a heat source. For more relevant supplies, check out this article from Klompen Stampers. Time to start creating and sending your own unique handmade greeting cards.
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90,000 what is it? How to work with a decoupage card? How to stick it on a piece of wood?
Decoupage is a way to decorate almost any surface with paper. This is a technique for overlaying a picture on a piece of furniture so that the picture on the object looks like it was painted. Many people think that this is a very difficult art. In fact, the technique is quite simple. The materials are also inexpensive. The main component here is a decoupage card, which is an image drawn on a paper basis in a typographic way.
Decoupage cards differ from each other in paper thickness and quality.It can be glossy or matte. Before gluing paper cut patterns or napkins, first attach them to the surface to be treated. Check if the drawings fit the subject or if you need to add something to the composition.
Rice paper is the best of all types of these products. These cards are translucent and very delicate to the touch. .On some models, fibers are visible that do not interfere with gluing, but, on the contrary, look very original, especially on glass. Rice cards, due to their thinness, very strong and flexible, are easy to apply to any surface of the object without visible wrinkles. They also stick easily.
In specialized and online stores, there are sheets of rice paper 33 × 24, 35 × 50, 48 × 33 cm and rice napkins 50 × 50 cm.
As for the price, it is worth noting that decoupage rice cards are not the cheapest.This is why it is sometimes worth looking for more competitive solutions.
Plain decoupage paper varies in weight: from thin 60 g / m2 to thicker 100 g / m2. This card features vibrant colors, three-dimensional patterns, and the fact that you have to wet it with water before you stick it on.There are various sizes of classic papers available in the decoupage market.
Decoupage napkins can be bought in special stores . Countless modern and stylish designs and many colors give unlimited possibilities for decorating objects with decoupage. Napkin patterns can also be used not only for decorating small items, but even for furniture.
If you are just starting to master the technique of decoupage, choose a tree.It is easy to work with this material and stick napkins, as well as cards.
Patterns from paper napkins can be classic. Color and black-and-white drawings are also popular. You can make decoupage cards yourself. For example, print on a black and white printer. Also suitable:
- old magazines; 90,044
- photocopies of illustrations;
- handwritten drawings; 90,044 90,043 letters;
- invitation cards;
- wrapping paper – Ideal thickness and widely used because it is readily available, it is often used in both traditional and modern designs;
- wallpaper on the wall;
- magazines / catalogs;
- greeting cards;
- origami paper are small square sheets of paper with patterns;
- Non-copyrighted books – Contains images of many kinds.
If you are new to decoupage, choose pictures with a clear outline, as they will be easier to cut out than pictures with blurred edges.
Decoupage is a fairly simple technique for decorating objects.The method consists in sticking decoupage paper on any item. It is not necessary to have artistic skills to create beautiful paintings on objects. Decoupage is a decorative technique that allows you to use ready-made patterns shown on napkins or special paper cards for decoupage. With the appropriate experience, you will soon be able to show a master class.
List of tools you need.
- Craft knife for cutting out details and intricate areas. Use sharp blades as blunt blades can tear the paper.
- Soft sponge or rag to wipe off excess adhesive.
- Sandpaper for sanding varnish layers if required.
- Cotton swabs, to wipe up small amounts of excess adhesive.
The best place to start with this method is to apply it to wood types of furniture.
- Before you start working with decoupage cards, you need to determine their density. This indicator is important in order to choose a paper processing method. In addition, the surface of the workpiece must be prepared. If necessary, sand it with sandpaper, removing any irregularities. Next, an acrylic primer is applied to the decor area where the decoupage card will be located. The primer is applied with a brush or sponge.
- Prepare decoupage paper.To do this, if necessary, trim it with scissors. If the card is smaller than the surface on which it will be glued, then the edges are thinned with sandpaper from the inside.
- The card is immersed in warm water until the paper is soaked (1-5 minutes). Then glue is applied to the item being updated. The decoupage pattern is taken out of the water. The card is placed on a file and glue is applied to the paper. After the paper base dries, the drawing is varnished.
- Rice cards are lightly dense. Therefore, they can quickly rupture if used carelessly.However, the rice card is easy to decorate on any uneven surface. It can be glued to almost any object, such as dishes, bottles and other things that have various shapes.
- Rice cards must also be soaked in water. In addition, they can be glued without soaking. The card is also placed on the file, glue is applied to it. Then they are placed on the decor. Then the file is rolled over with a roller to remove excess moisture. After drying, the surface must be varnished.
What can be decorated with decoupage? Almost everything: wood, glass, ceramics, candles, fabrics, plastic, foam, metal, furniture, walls, weaving and much more. The choice depends only on our imagination.
You can buy ready-made plywood or wood products such as boxes, napkins, hearts, dressers, or use old items.
You will learn how to make decoupage of a wooden chair from the following video.
Most of the listed items for decoration often require tint or color change. Acrylic paints are great for this. You can mix them together to get the color you want.The paints are applied with traditional brushes, rollers or sponges.
Which brush should I choose? It should be made of soft natural bristles, thick enough and not leave hair on the object being treated. Why is the choice of brush so important?
- First of all, the movement of the brush should be smooth. The sliding bristles spread the adhesive in a thin layer. It is important for decoupage so that the glue is not visible after drying.
- Decoupage brushes can be easily cleaned of glue by rinsing them with warm water.
- The coating will look aesthetically pleasing.
Almost everything can be covered with decoupage cards. However, wood, metal and ceramics are the most common materials. For various effects, wax coatings or special varnishes can be used.Different items require different processing. Wooden objects are traditionally used, especially furniture, but any smooth surface can be used.
Trays, boxes and frames are ideal for the beginner hobbyist. Before starting, make sure the product is clean and free of dust or peeling paint. If the item is to be painted, use a suitable paint and let dry within 24 hours.
In order for the glue to adhere better to the treated area, it is advisable to lightly sand the latter.
A new wooden product is easy to find and does not require much preparation. Varnished wood should be lightly sanded before use to ensure proper adhesion of adhesives and varnishes.
Old wooden items may require additional preparation. They must be pre-primed and painted.
Antique metal objects also have great potential. The choice of such things is huge. Decoupage cards fit perfectly on such metal items. Items made with gilded cards look rich.
Galvanized steel is gaining popularity. But these items require some preparation to ensure adequate adhesion. These things have intricate wavy curves and can break. Therefore, it is better to use them purely for decorative purposes. Try not to wet the steel, especially if you use it as a support for flowers. Use another container inside the steel product.
Ceramic objects are the best for decoupage and come in a wide variety of shapes. These products are purely decorative. It is undesirable to pour hot food into them. Use them only as containers for dry foods such as walnuts.
Wipe the ceramic with a damp cloth. Do not immerse in water or place in the dishwasher.
Maps are an excellent option for using porcelain as they are extremely thin and blend in with the surface of the subject.Try using light colors because the napkins will disappear completely against a dark background. The enamel needs a light sanding, as well as the application of layers of steel, and then a universal primer.
The glass must first be deeply cleaned with warm water and soap.Glass objects are usually used for decorative purposes. It is better to use thinner paper drawings.
Rice decoupage cards are ideal. When doing this, do not immerse the product in water.
90,000 Why Paper Maps Still Exist – Look At Me
Even the classic “half-inches” of the Scottish cartographers Bartholomew, unassumingly elegant in Edinburgh style, which are in my modest collection, delight with their materiality, thoroughness, thus, that we value so much in wooden puzzle toys or, for example, in an old Bakelite radio – a living reminder that in the old days objects were stronger, more reliable, more significant.It is not for nothing that it is generally accepted that the older a thing, the heavier and more durable it is, since in most cases it is. Some of my Bartholomew cards are over a hundred years old, but when glued to a linen base, they do not look like their age, and on long country walks they serve no worse than the constant Alfred Wainwright pipe or parchment sandwich wrapper.
Paving the way on a paper map – what could be more natural and convenient? We take this for granted because, apparently, for many centuries people have been guided by drawn and printed maps and are so used to it that map reading has become one of our many innate paper skills.
Wayfinding with a GPS-Based Mobile Navigation System: A Comparison with Maps and Direct Experience published in 2008 in The Journal of Environmental Psychology, Toru Ishikawa, a cognitive geographer at the University of Tokyo, points out that pedestrians using GPS navigators are more likely to go astray than those using traditional maps (but the latter, in turn, perform worse than pedestrians asking for directions from local residents). The same doctor Ishikawa studied how the perception of a museum exhibition by visitors depends on whether they use an audio guide, a classical guidebook or an annotated floor plan: it turned out that visitors armed with modern technology forget what they saw faster than those who viewed a museum with a guidebook or plan in hand. That is, even here the good old paper follows us like a faithful retriever.
90,000 “Tsu-e-fa!” or “Chin-gis-khan!”
A map describing the traditions of playing Rock-Paper-Scissors in Russia has appeared on the Internet.It marks the most popular counting rhymes used in different regions, Strelka Mag reported.
The map was created by blogger Alexander Kulikov, also known as a collector of comics, chief editor of ComicsBoom! and author of the podcast “Ninety”. He conducted a study, interviewed more than 1,100 people from different subjects and made “maps of phrases from childhood.”
I promised – I will. A map of phrases from childhood when playing “Rock-paper-scissors” with division into regions according to the results of a survey of 1100+ people.The link is large and clickable: https: //t.co/p527FmVXeg pic.twitter.com/sTcsi01qt3
– Alexander Kulikov (@Cooleach) September 15, 2021
“The geographical center of Russia was a little more than completely captured by“ One-two-three ”, in other parts“ Tsu-e-fa ”dominates. Beautiful endemics attract attention: Bu-tsi-fa (Perm), Van-chu-ves (Omsk), En-den / ben-tso (Sakhalin) and my beloved Chin-gis-khan ( Kamchatka) ”, – commented Kulikov.
Also among the options widespread in the regions were “U-e-fa!” (Dagestan, Karelia), “Chi-chi-ko!” (Ivanovo, Karelia), “Van-tu-free” (Chukotka) and “Tsu-li-fa!” (Mordovia).Kulikov also noted that there were versions of “E-sha-chok” and “Se-to-va”.
“There are a lot of replies that in the Krasnoyarsk Territory they often said” E-sha-chok “, and in the Kaliningrad region” Se-to-va “, but, unfortunately, these original versions lost in the poll to more popular options”, – he wrote.
Earlier, Kulikov understood the peculiarities of the game of chips / weave / caps. Residents of Ingushetia, Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia also did not participate in this study.
90,000 Decoupage with rice paper, decoupage cards and napkins
In French “decoupage” means “cut”. This is far from a newfangled hobby – it has been known since the European Middle Ages. Decoupage originated in Germany in the XXV century. However, the Venetians achieved the greatest in decoupage. They made beautiful furniture using decoupage technique. Such furniture was not expensive, but imitated Asian and Oriental motives. Furniture was wildly popular, and now such antiques are very expensive.The British adopted decoupage as an affordable hobby during the reign of Queen Victoria. Later, decoupage penetrated the United States and became a mass phenomenon. Decoupage appeared in Russia in the 17th century. This technique was used to make icons.
The main tools for decoupage are: primer, glue, varnish and paper. Paper is the main element of decoupage. The beauty and originality of the work depends on its quality and design. Paper can be classic, three-layer, rice and other.
What is the peculiarity of this or that paper?
- Three-layer wipes. You can buy them in bundles in regular stores, in art stores they are sold by the piece. Decoupage napkins are suitable for both beginners and those who have already filled their hand. Napkins provide an opportunity to step by step study decoupage
- Decoupage cards . These are sheets with a special pattern for decoupage.Their density is higher than that of napkins, most often 80 grams. The choice of drawings is huge.
- Rice paper for decoupage – ideal for decoupage, because has a low density, while high strength. Rice paper decoupage cards come in different sizes and weights. Decoupage with rice paper is very popular; you can buy it in special stores for creativity and hobbies. Rice paper is often used for decoupage wood and glass, her favorite materials.
You can buy rice paper, decoupage cards or napkins in our Paint-Brushes online store with delivery throughout Russia.
90,000 MK. How to age paper. Pirate Treasure Map
The son was given an interesting task at school – to make a treasure map. Now I will tell you how we did it and what we got.
To make our map look like an ancient one, we decided to age the paper. Here’s how to do it.You need to brew strong tea, about 4-5 teaspoons per half liter jar. Cover and let sit until cool.
Then crush the A4 sheet, making a lump. Put it in a jar with tea leaves for 20 – 30 minutes, then fish it out and carefully spread it out on a tray. Let the paper dry and iron with an iron.
Then I cut off the edges of the leaf to create a ragged edge effect.
Well, they also burned it over a candle.A little – a little smoked. It turned out very believable.
Then a map was drawn with a simple pencil, and then colored with a brown pencil.
After that we made a pirate seal.
For this we take brown plasticine, textured bottle cork, string, transparent nail polish. From plasticine you need to form a pancake and “stick” a rope into it, squeeze a drawing on the plasticine with a cork.
Then cover our seal with varnish and let it dry well.
The result is a real old pirate treasure map.
Recently on the Internet I found the site DrQuest.rf , which offers a very interesting scenario for a birthday or a party for children on the theme of pirates and treasure hunting. This is an exciting quest for children with riddles and puzzles. The pirate map is divided into parts, and in order to find each part, you need to complete a specific task. Children get acquainted with Morse code, sea knots, types of ships, etc.n. Look – very interesting. Here is reference . And Jack Sparrow himself gives the tasks to the guys :)! Sample video:
And now an addition. If you need not to draw, but to print something on paper, then you need to do it first. So I did on this map:
Print the image on paper (I have an inkjet printer – the paint does not blur), fold the paper and immerse it in strong tea, then follow the instructions …
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