Card making supplies for beginners

Card making supplies for beginners

Throughout my 26 years on this planet, I’ve always been creative. As a kid, I used to draw pictures, make collages, paint stones and plant pots and do all of that fun stuff. At the age of 12, I became interested in card making. I would sit with my dad for hours on end and make Christmas cards which I used to sell to my family. At about the age of 16, I fell out of love with it, but a couple of years ago I started up again and I’m so glad I did!

Sometimes, it can be really overwhelming when you want to start a new hobby. What do I need to buy? What’s essential? What if I get bored and I waste a load of money? I’m sure you’ve all had these thoughts.

I’ve put together a list of the basic things that I would recommend for a beginner that’s considering card making. All the items are relatively low cost which is perfect for a beginner.

Card making supplies for beginners 
  • *Card and envelopes – I always buy this as a set, I love that the card is already folded and ready to go. I’d recommend just buying white card if you’re a beginner but the choice is completely up to you. A6 is also a good size as the area isn’t too big to work with.
  • Glue and *adhesive foam pads – Adhesive pads are great for emphasising embellishments as they raise them off of the paper creating a 3D effect. Glue is also a given as you need to do a lot of sticking.
  • Scissors and *paper punches – I love paper punches. You can get anything from hearts to snowflakes and they’re perfect for adding embellishments to your cards. They come in all shapes and sizes and can create a variety of different style cards.
  • Patterned paper – I love these *paper pads that you can pick up at most craft shops and you can also get them online. They’re filled with 64 sheets of patterned paper and work so well for card making. They’re bright and colourful and add a real pop to any card you make.
  • Stamps – I have such a love for stamps. I buy a lot of my stamps from Stampin up’ but these are more on the pricey side. You can also buy stamps from craft shops and there’s also loads to choose from online.  The Range is a great place to start for more affordable stamps for beginners.
  • Ink pads – To go alongside your stamps you’ll also need ink pads. Again, I buy a lot of these from Stampin’ Up. But for a more affordable option, I would recommend looking at any local craft shop.

Now you’ve got all of your basic supplies it’s really just about experimenting and having fun. If you’re looking for lots of inspirations I’d highly recommend browsing through Pinterest as its full with card making ideas.

Below are some cards that I have made using the items listed above.

Card making for beginners

Card making supplies for beginners

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

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  1. July 25, 2018 / 7:16 PM

    Those are so cute! The 3 mice are so darling!
    Back when I was younger I used to make cards, but adulthood came and I lost interest. But now I feel like trying again.

    • Charlotte Shares
      July 26, 2018 / 7:47 AM

      Thank you! You should definitely try again, it’s so much fun 😃

  2. July 25, 2018 / 7:52 PM

    Wow these are so cute! I like to do crafty things like this but I’m far from as talented as you are!

    • Charlotte Shares
      July 26, 2018 / 7:47 AM

      Thank you! Aww I’m sure that’s not true! Xx

  3. July 26, 2018 / 9:23 AM

    This is such a helpful post! I would love to take the time and effort to make my own cards – maybe one Christmas. They’re so much more personal. But I honestly don’t think I have the creative ability to do it haha! xxx

  4. Jenna
    July 27, 2018 / 1:24 AM

    Great post! I think card making is so much fun – it is a great way to give personalized notes to the people you love 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna <3
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  5. July 29, 2018 / 9:59 AM

    These are so cute!! I love the Mother’s Day Card, it’s really colourful and creative! I never knew The Range did stamps, that’s so good to know! There is one near me so I’ll have to check them out sometime! Great post Charlotte, thanks for sharing these suggestions! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  6. July 29, 2018 / 10:40 AM

    I absolutely LOVE the flamingo card! And really want a paper punch now!
    Jas xx

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