Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Handmade Cards Better 2


Hi Tombow friends, this is Jennie! I’m sharing ten easy ways to make your handmade cards better! If you’ve never made a handmade card before, don’t be intimidated. These tips are so easy! Mother’s Day is around the corner, so check out these ideas to impress your mom!

Supplies:

Tip #1: Use an excellent adhesive!

This seems like a no brainer, but receiving a card that needs some assembly because it fell apart on the journey to your hands misses the initial “WOW factor!” First impressions matter. If your first reaction is to put the card together like a puzzle then the wow factor slips down to second place. This is why my number one recommendation for card adhesives is the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. It’s five times stronger than other adhesives and it’s perfect for unusual surfaces like acrylic, wood veneers, acetate, etc.

This is why my number one recommendation for card adhesives is the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. It's 5 times stronger than other adhesives and it's perfect for unusual surfaces like acrylic, wood veneers, acetate, etc. #handmadecards #tombow

Tip #2: Give it dimension

Adding extra layers using the Tombow Foam Tape makes the card look more finished and professional. You can use more than one layer. Adhesives are not the only way to show dimension. You can roll flower petals and layer it with different die cuts. In the photo above, I used this piece of vellum to put a bouquet of flowers inside. I used a 3×3 square, rolled it and glued it with the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. Flatten the roll slightly and add Tombow Xtreme Adhesive on the back to glue it on the card.

Tip #3: Mix up the patterns

Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. If you use one that is really busy or colorful, try to balance it with a simple pattern like polka dots, stripes or something in black and white. In the cards I made, I used the fox pattern paper as my neutral paper.

Tip #4: It’s the little things.

Little details are the cherry on top of cards. Flowers are a perfect opportunity to add enamel dots, pearls, rhinestones and buttons at the center. I like to add these details in odd numbers, usually three to create a visual triangle. Another trick is to make sure that these little bits are always touching an element on the card, instead of floating on empty space.

There are many ways to make a shaker card. You can create a box using the Tombow Foam Tape. Circles are tricky so for this card I only used bigger sequins. #handmadecards #tombow

Tip #5: Shake it!

There are many ways to make a shaker card. You can create a box using the Tombow Foam Tape. Circles are tricky, so for this card I only used bigger sequins. You can make a little packet using recycled packaging. To close the edges, you can use washi tape or the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. If you have been crafting for a while, you might be familiar with something called a Fuse Tool. It melts plastic from page protectors to seal them. If you use one, the last two you can add other fun elements like chunky glitter or seed beads.

Learn how to make these handmade cards for Mother's Day using Tombow Adhesives. #handmadecards #tombow

Tip #6: Use translucent elements.

I used an acetate paper for the shaker window. It adds an extra fun element to the window. Sometimes it can work as a patterned layer that is not as busy as patterned paper. The same can be said for vellum, which can be used to lower the intensity of a very busy pattern.

Tip #7: Add thread.

Use your sewing machine or a needle to add a few stitches to your cards or to sew the base to give it an extra little detail.  A little tip: add adhesive in places where the needle won’t go through. It dulls the needle and makes it harder to sew through. Some crafters like to add messy thread to give the card extra texture. You can use twine to make little bows too!

Learn 10 easy tips to make your handmade cards better in time for Mother's Day! Get your Tombow Adhesives ready to create! #handmadecards #tombow

Tip #8: Use your dies and punches.

If you own dies and punches, you might forget about them. They are excellent for making those pieces that are not in your crafty stash. I always recommend to get circles and alpha dies. Don’t be afraid to layer them too!

Tip #9: Don’t forget the envelope!

You can use Tombow Markers to decorate but if you want an easier alternative, use stickers, die cuts and washi tape.

Tip #10: Use your best handwriting!

Use the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens to address your envelope! These brush pens have a tip small enough to use inside of your cards. If you need some practice, Tombow has these FREE practice sheets to help you out!

I hope you enjoyed these tips! If you want to learn more, read these other posts about cardmaking:

How To Use These 6 Tombow Adhesives for Cardmaking

Learn these 5 Easy Tricks for Cardmaking!

How to Start Making Handmade Cards.

Take Care!


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2 thoughts on “Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Handmade Cards Better

  • Жанна

    Check out this tutorial on how to create a wooden butterfly sign for your home with Tombow Foam Tape by Sprinklesofzeal. Learn 10 easy tips to make your handmade cards better in time for Mother s Day! Get your Tombow Adhesives ready to create! #handmadecards #tombow

  • Veronika

    These ideas are great, anything can be perfectly complemented with themed stickers. In addition, now you can make any sticker to your taste, personally I prefer kiss cut sticker, I think it is more practical, you can learn more here about – what is kiss cut sticker? I wish you inspiration for new creations!