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Card Making Instructions


Card making using an inkjet printer Card Making Instructions using card blanks with:

Laser and Inkjet Printing:
  • Design your card format using test sheets. Cut plain paper to the size of your unfolded card.

  • Achieve clean, accurate print results on heavy weight card blanks using a printer with a straight-through or gently angled paper path. These printers also prevent curl or creasing of the blank card stock.

  • If your printer feeds around rollers don't put heavyweight cards into your printer. Instead print your words and images onto transparent vellums or decorative papers. Attach finished decorative papers to heavyweight card blanks outside and inside with ribbons, stickers, glue or double-sided tape.

  • NOTE: Laser printers may have difficulty using tri-fold window cards. Results vary.

Watercolour:
  • Deckled-edged, 100% cotton rag card blanks accept watercolour media easily.

  • Dry brush and light washes are recommended.

  • Tip: Stain the deckled edge of the card and envelope with one of the colours in your painting.

Printmaking:
  • All styles of CardBlanks™ card blank stock are ideal for printmaking without a printing press. Print interesting images with potatoes, string, leaves, cork, etc.

  • Safety Cut and linoleum can be purchased at art supply shops along with cutters and gouges to cut your print. Water-based printing inks work best on card blank stock. Sets of cards can be made by duplicating your cut image onto numbers of cards.

  • Monoprinting (ink on glass) is an excellent technique for one-of-a-kind cards.

Collage:
  • Create charming collage cards using fancy papers and fabric scraps, ribbons, lace, felt, mohair, glitter, stickers, dried flowers, grasses and leaves, to name a few.

  • Rubber cement, glue sticks and PVC white glue are all good choices for collage.

  • For best results weight your finished collage overnight with several heavy books.

  • Stitch by hand or machine with coloured thread, string or yarn and sew clever borders or designs onto heavyweight card blanks.

Acrylics:
  • Apply acrylics with a palette knife or sponge for beautiful textured results.

  • Acrylics can be used as coloured glue to stick beads, buttons, threads, etc. to your card blank designs.

Photo Mounting:
  • Double-sided tape is recommended for mounting photos. The tape holds photographic paper with no buckling or drying time.

  • Tip: Stain the deckled edge of the cards and envelopes with markers, paint or ink to match a colour in your photos.

Stamping:
  • Embossing powders and heat guns work well on all card blank stock.

Stencilling:
  • Stencils can be cut from oiled stencil board, low-tack acetate or purchased ready-cut.

  • With stencils you can achieve delicate shaded effects. Sponge, crayon or spray colours through the stencil holes directly on to the card blank surface or stencil onto fabric which can then be mounted on the cards.

New!  Window Cards:

How to display photos, textile art, and prints using our new Tri-Fold Window cards!
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Step 1: Edit your artwork to suit the window size.Step 2: Consider composition in the opening window.Step 3: Peel away ONE tape next to the window. Lightly place art in window, face down.Step 4: Double check positioning.
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Step 5: When you are sure, peel off second tape and fix the image in place.Step 6: Peel off first tape on flap.Step 7: Peel away last tape on the flap.Step 8: Close the flap and seal. The back of the artwork is concealed by the flap
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Step 9: Press down all edges to neaten folds. Bone folders are excellent for finishing.Voila!  


 

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