Try out all sorts of card making techniques

I have categorized card making techniques basically into the following groups:

Rubber stamping

Rubber stamping -- how to be creative with rubber stamped images using special inks and embossing powders, etc.

Creating backgrounds

Create backgrounds for your images using alcohol inks, resist techniques, watercolors, and decoupage. Below, you can see where I stamped fish onto a Twinkling H20's (TM) watercolor background.

rubber stamping and watercolors

Specialty papers

Using specialty papers will add a special and interesting dimension to any card making project.

Adding embellishments

Adding embellishments: What are embellishments? Well, they are things that can be found on store shelves in craft stores, in the recycle bins, hardware stores, your backyardÉmaking origami,.... you will start looking at everything with new eyes, you know what I mean? The strange looking objects in hardware stores will never look the same. As you can see in the photo below left, I have used fabric, thread and my sewing machine, fibers, and die-cuts to embellish a tag.

rubber stamping ideas for card making

Within these four basic categories, the sky is still the limit along with your imagination!

Techniques to be covered on this site include, but by all means are not limited to the above mentioned items, as I will be adding more.

Beautiful and extraordinary effects can be obtained by combining many different mediums with papers and embellishments. Sometimes the best ones happen just when you thought you made your worst mistake.

Making your own cards proves that to be an artist, not knowing how to "draw a straight line" is irrelevant--just make lots of mistakes and enjoy it!

Check out my card making technique using a hand-carved rubber stamp. I designed the stamp with a copyright-free image, and created a card. See how I demonstrated it on HGTV's "That's Clever!" program.

I hope that you will enjoy creating these small masterpieces as you follow along with me....

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