making an elephant card

Creative Hobbies: Cardmaking


One of my favourite creative hobbies since I was a child is cardmaking.

this little elephant card is one of the reasons I love that book

this little elephant card is one of the reasons I love that book

There are a lot of Danish books about making cards and other kinds of paper crafts that I have always enjoyed getting from the library and copying patterns from. Today I also enjoy making the more advanced 3D cards.

The card on the right was made for two little boys, one for each, when they became big brothers last year. I also made custom envelopes for them.

I love making 3D cards which is images or illustrations layered in 3 to 4, sometimes 5, layers that give the cards depth. Each layer adds the motif on top of the previous layer but some of the motive has been cut away to create the 3D effect. I simple love how it makes the motif stand out on the card and you can let it speak for itself or decorate the edges of the base card.

3d card before it is cut out and put on the card base

3d card before it is cut out and put on the card base

decorate the card with special paper, self adhesive fabric, decoration tape, corner stickers and much more

decorate the card with special paper, self adhesive fabric, decoration tape, corner stickers and much more

The cards I am showing in this post are very simple but you can of course add as much extra details as you want. I just prefer not to over do it. Just by choosing a special kind of cardboard paper as the card base can be enough to enhance the motif you have chosen. The mermaid to the left would look good on blue colored paper with a subtle shine or glimmer to it. If a white thin paper type was added just a few millimeters bigger than the mermaid, creating a border around her, it could add yet another dimension to the card.

Granted, cutting out the pieces for the 3D card can be challenging depending on how detailed you want the edges to be and how big the motif is. As you can tell from the mermaid, and the other cards below, the images can be quite detailed so if you are not experienced with a paper cutting knife or do not have sharp pointed scissors it can be difficult to cut the pieces out without damaging them.

Using scrapbook materials to make your cards or using cardmaking materials for scrapbooking is a great way of expanding your creativity.

If you need inspiration for your cardmaking, check out Pinterest or YouTube. There are many who share their paper crafts there. In fact, next week I will be starting a new series called Pinterest Finds. The first post is about printables and I will be sharing lots of inspirational Pinterest Boards to help you, not only with your cardmaking but also with scrapbooking and much more.

Until the next post. Follow your creative dreams with passion!

3d cards in many sizes

3d cards in many sizes

 

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