Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 19: How to Start Card Making

I’m warning you now, this is going to be a long crafty post. If that is not your thing, go and sign up for Book a Date!

Over a year ago I rekindled my love of crafts. When I was younger I used to love to make things at school and at home. But when I restarted this journey it took me a lot of time (and useless supplies) to find my crafty niche. But after a lot of trial and error I figured out that card making is my thing (I know Megan, the girl that hated cards now makes them). In this time frame I figured out a lot about the supplies you need to make cards that are fun, have a professional-ish look to them, but are definitely still handmade. I know some of my lovely readers like to make cards and some have asked me what I recommend for supplies. Well you are in luck. Today is all about How to Start Making Cards.


Paper Trimmer
A good paper trimmer is a must. I am literally on my 4th one out of all the ones I have tried and this one has worked the best. Make sure you read reviews on them before buying one and invest in the one you want if you think this hobby is sticking around. I also recommend having replacement blades on hand because cutting oodles of paper will make those blades get dull really quick and when you blade is dull you will have a mess on your hands, trust me on this one. Also you can use your trimmer to create a score line to making folding your card easier and not spend the money on a scoring board if you don’t want to.


*Fiskars 12 Inch SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Teresa Collins Studio Gold Portable Trimmer
Fiskars SureCut LED Rotary Trimmer 12-28mm
8 1/2” (22cm) Guillotine Paper Trimmer


Heavy Weight Card Stock
This is a must for card bases. An A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) is an average size card and is made using a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock that is  simply cut in half. This means you get two card bases out of one piece of paper which gives you more for your money. I tend to like a top folding card so I cut mine down on the 8 1/2 side at the 4 1/4 inch mark and score at 5 1/2. The weight of the card base is important as it is the structure of your card.


*Neenah Solar White 110 lb.
Simon Says Stamp 120 lb.
Stampin’ Up Whisper White Thick Card Stock

Lighter Weight Card Stock
Now that your card base cut down and ready to go you need some lighter weight card stock to work on your actual design with. Now here you have a variety of options. I recommend getting a lighter weight white card stock to match your bases, but you can also go crazy with the colors. I have a variety of colors from different shops that are all awesome. Some companies even have sample color packs that I highly recommend for a new card maker.


Neenah Solar White 80 lb.
*My Favorite Things
Simon Says Stamp
Gina K. Designs


For a while I was using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make my own envelopes. It was fun and is a useful tool if you need a weird shaped envelope. But I wasn’t able to seal them easily this way. Since then I have smartened up and realized just how cheap you can buy envelopes for and how many awesome colors you can get. I still use my punch board, but my life is so much easier now that I have discovered the simple way of ordering them instead.


Simon Says Stamps
My Favorite Things
*Cards & Pockets
Gina K. Designs


Good Scissors
Good scissors are a must. They can make or break a card design sometimes. You need ones that fit your needs and I suggest having a few different kinds. You honestly don’t want to know how many I have.


*EK Success Cutter Bee Precision
Tim Holtz Snips
DIY Rose Gold



In order to put your card together. I use a lot of different kinds because it is needed for different things. And sometimes I just use what is one hand. It all depends on my mood. I just know it should be strong.


Scotch 3M Foam Tape
*Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Tombow Mono Multi
Glossy Accents


Acrylic Blocks and/or Stamp Positioner
Truthfully I would be lost without my stamp positioner. I use it a lot to make multiply cards that are all the same design, to line things of straight or just to get a good stamped impression. I use my acrylic blocks a lot too, but my stamping tool is more important to me. I admit that I tried to by the mini one first. Sadly I realized by trying to save money with the small one I ended up spending more because I needed the bigger option. If you buy a stamping positioner I recommend getting the big one first. And for acrylic blocks? Get a variety of sizes.


*Original Misti Stamping Tool
Hampton Art Stamp Perfect
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Fiskars Stamp Block Set
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks


Black Ink
Probably one of my most used card making products are my black inks. I have a variety in my stash and all are used for certain things. Some inks will smear if you use them with alcohol markers or watercolors. Others are made just for those products. Some inks are the perfect ink for sentiment stamping and some are just a nice, bold, black. I personally have about 4, maybe 5, different black inks and at one point of another I have used them all.


My Favorite Things Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink Pad
*Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink


Color Inks
I’m obsessed with colored inks. I actually have a ton of full sized ink pads from The Ton Stamps (they are my favorite for full sized pads). But for people starting out I recommend you start with ink cubes. A lot of popular craft companies sell their regular sized ink pads in cube sets of 4 (usually).


Simon Says Stamp
Lawn Fawn
Hero Arts
Gina K. Designs
My Favorite Things



Good Quality Stamps
I admit I didn’t think I would get into stamping when I first started. I’m not sure what I thought would happen, but not my love of all things stamps. At first I just bought really cheap stamps and didn’t worry about it. But the more I started to work on cards the more I realized the more expensive ones are such great quality and they will last so much longer. It is really hard to part with the money sometimes but in the end I have decided it is in the best interest of my card making and will be worth it in the long run


My Favorite Things
Simon Says Stamp
*The Ton
Lawn Fawn



And there you have the basics I think you need to start making your handmade cards. Honestly these are just suggestions with my favorites marked in bold and starred. The links aren’t places you need to buy these things. I suggest you shop around for the best price unless something is exclusive.

I have a bunch of other supplies I could recommend if anyone is interested. Just let me know in the comments. The important part…HAVE FUN!

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Preorder Opportunity – A Court of Wings and Ruin (Blue Bunny Books)


On May 2nd, Sarah J. Maas’s final book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Wings and Ruin, will be released. Blue Bunny Books, an adorable independent book store in Dedham, MA, has a great opportunity for you.

All ACOWAR preorders will be signed and personalized by Sarah Maas. And any orders of Sarah’s other books will only be signed. Books will ship out after May 10th.

With book signings hard to come by or even get to this is a great way to add a signed book to you collection.

For more information please go HERE.

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You’ve Been Pinned – Fun Pinners

Last Friday I shared with you some of my most used Pinterest boards. Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Pinners.

I admit that I don’t usually go through people’s Pinterest boards often. I stick to the main page that is filled with “Pins for Me”. But when I’m on that page I will see pins from some of my favorites and know right away who pinned them. Each of the accounts below have a board or two that I’m obsessed with but in the interest of time I thought I would just share the account as a whole.

Now tell me, who are some of your favorite pinners? Who should I be following that I’m not?

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Goodreads Giveaways

I feel like I have been a lousy blogger this week. I don’t know what it is but I haven’t been able to come up with anything to post that I think anyone would be all that interested in. I apologize for my lack of creativity.

But this morning I saw a tweet for a giveaway on Goodreads and thought, maybe I should do a post about some current ones you should enter. These are all subject to end dates so make sure you enter and you enter them soon. Some I have read or want to read and others I just think people will find interesting.







There are a ton more giveaways on Goodreads, I just picked a few from the Young Adult section. You can find all Goodreads giveaways HERE.

Did you enter any of the above?

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Book a Date with Tiff from Mostly YA Lit

Welcome to the newest feature on Andi’s ABCs, Book a Date, a post about something you are excited for that is releasing in the future. It can be a TV show, a movie (in the theater or out on DVD), a clothing line, a video game, a graphic novel, and of course a book. Actually it can be anything you want.  If you would like more information or would like to sign-up you can click HERE.

Who booked a date this week? Tiff from Mostly YA Lit.


Hi guys, I’m excited to tell you all about my Book a Date – which kind of ties into Andi’s date from a few weeks ago. Andi talked about her upcoming trip to New York with Gail from Ticket to Anywhere…but it never would have happened without MY Book a Date (Ha, Andi, did you even know this?!).

A few years ago, I heard inklings that there might be a musical made from the 1997 Fox animated movie Anastasia.

Anastasia has the distinction of being one of the most underrated animated movies I’ve ever seen (and I’m not the only one who thinks this). It has an incredible soundtrack, an interesting story (very loosely based on the Romanovs of Imperial Russia), and one of the best hate-to-love romances ever. I loved it when I was an early teen, and I’m not ashamed to say that I sing all of the songs whenever I’m at karaoke.


Late last year, I heard that the musical was being brought to Broadway! I immediately asked around to see who was interested in going. Answer? Tons of people. But the one who was most interested was Gail.

And we were both even more intensely interested when we saw this preview of stars Christy Altomare and Derek Klena singing some of the songs.

So when I found out I got a media pass to Book Expo America in New York, I immediately contacted Gail and discussed the possibility of going to see it during that week. Gail made it a weekend and invited Andi. And now I get to see two of my fave bloggers in one of my favorite cities.


And of course, just as exciting, I get to see this production of Anastasia on Broadway in its initial run on June 2nd. I’ve heard that they’ve updated the story (thank goodness they’re actually giving weight to the Russian revolution), and I’m excited to see that. There are new songs and new characters. I really feel like this is going to be better than the movie I loved as a child, and I can’t wait to see one of my favorite stories come to life in a bigger, better way.

So tell me: Have you guys seen Anastasia the movie? Would you be interested in seeing the musical? Would you book this date?


Thanks Tiff for Booking a Date!

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