10 MORE Techniques for Handcrafted Cards

Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day! Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create!  Use for  #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.

When your schedule is too packed 
for larger projects, creating a handcrafted card 
for a family member or friend can become 
the perfect, contained creative outlet.



Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, 
Father's Day, birthdays, 
graduation, weddings, showers, thank-you's... 
the opportunities are endless!

with you *here.*

And now here are 

10 MORE handcrafted card techniques:


Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day! Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create!  Also works for  #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.


First: tips for the background and focal image:

Create an interesting, textured background
and use up your paper scraps by cutting out
squares and adhering them in a grid pattern.

Or, if you need designer paper,
check out the one's I've created {here}.

Of course, a gorgeous main image grounds the piece and invites you to linger with the card for awhile.


Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create! Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day or #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.


There's much to behold here:
Notice the gold pen around edges of the squares.
Notice the corrugated square. I put that one through the paper crimper.
Notice the deckled edge on the main image - in contrast to the very square motif.

Another tip: layer your images and cutouts...
Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create! Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day or #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.


and use unexpected objects in cliche images, such as this pen tip piercing the heart.


Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create! Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day or #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.
You can cut out photos or imagery from magazines for interest.
See those little silver dots? That's tinfoil!

Of course, you can stamp words and images, 
like the "take wing" sentiment.
But also remember to cut out stamped images,
like I did with this crown.
Check out these 10 techniques for handcrafting #greetingcards at I Gotta Create! Such a beautiful card for #Valentines Day or #Mothers Day, Fathers Day, showers, birthdays, and more.
Did you know you can make your own 
"water droplet"? I'll share that in a future tutorial.




Be sure to make your own 'signature style' on the back of your handcrafted cards!
Click here to learn all about a very cool 
craft / business tool
 for creating your own 'signature style' on the back
 of cards or for packaging.


So if you were counting, I actually shared
more than 10 techniques.

And you can get 10 more tips HERE.


Handcrafting cards may be
a small thing, but I think the love
that goes into them tells a much larger story.

View my visual table of contents
for cards shared here at I Gotta Create!
and create your own party hats with *this tutorial.*

Looking for Valentine's Day ideas? You'll love these:




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