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Tips for Making Cards that Don’t Look Like They Were Made by a 5 Year Old

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When I first started stamping way back in 1998 I got together with my sisters and a few of my cousins for a stamping play date. We ranged in age from 5 to 23 and had very few supplies back then. We were all sitting in my parent’s kitchen making cards and I remember my mom walking in to look at what we’d made. She picked up a card that she thought my youngest sister had made and said “Hey, that’s really good for a 5 year old!” My cousin Julie who was in her early 20s at the time…

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Mixing Up Your Card Folds

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Today I want to talk about mixing up the way you cut your card stock and fold your cards. The most common way to cut 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock to make two cards is to cut it in half at 5-1/2″ along the 11″ side. Then you can fold each piece in half and give it a good crease with your bone folder or score it at 4-1/4″ and fold it to make your card. Sometimes it’s good to mix it up. Another way to cut 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock to make two cards is to cut it in half at 4-1/4″ along the…

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Tips for Lining Up Paper

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Paper Sizes: Blushing Bride card base: 4-1/4″ x 11″ Watermelon Wonder: 3-1/2″ x 4/1-4″ Ice Cream Cone Paper Strips: 1″ x 4-1/4″ Tips for Lining Up Paper: Good lighting is key! Poor lighting can throw shadows across your paper that can throw you off. What looks good in poor lighting will look totally off center when it sees the light of day. Make sure you have lights coming either straight from above your project or from both sides. Ottlites are great for crafting. Start from the outside. When you are taping down three paper strips like this, start with the two outside…

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Spring Thank You Card

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Usually when I make cards they are a finished size of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. They are easy to make that size because you can get two cards by cutting a 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper in half.  Plus they fit perfectly in my envelope of choice – the medium size from Stampin’ Up! Every once in awhile I like to make a card that’s a difference size. It may be bigger, it may be smaller, it may be square or it may just be whatever size I end up with from a random piece of paper. Sometimes you just need to…

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Let Your Patterned Paper Do the Work!

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I don’t know about you, but lately I find myself having even less time to make cards and be creative. So I like my cards to be quick & easy, yet I want them to look good too! One of the ways to do that is to let your patterned paper do the work for you! Patterned papers, scrapbook papers, pretty papers, designer series papers… whatever you call them, they are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that are the perfect start to a card. They are a great place to start, so grab a piece you…

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