Like most crafters, I find it nearly impossible to purchase cards and stationery from the store. How could I when I have piles of art supplies that I’ll never use up?
Whenever I get the urge to do something creative, I tend to make batches of cards so I’ll have them on hand in case I need one at the last minute. It’s no secret that I love the different collage tissue papers available these days, and so they’ve been my go-to when starting my cards.
First, I cut cardstock to my desired size, and fold it in half. I then cut a piece of tissue paper so that it’s slightly larger than the card front. Next, I apply a layer of decoupage medium to the card, place the tissue paper on top, and seal it with another layer of decoupage medium. When everything has dried, I trim the excess tissue paper, and apply ink with a blending tool to the edges of the card to hide any imperfections. Sometimes I will emboss a sentiment on the front of the card, but I like to leave a few cards blank so I can add a custom sentiment if needed. A bunch of these cards can be done in no time at all, and also make a great gift for a friend when bundled with some pretty ribbon.
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief of Somerset Studio, Bella Grace, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, and GreenCraft. She lives in Orange County with her husband and their two rescue dogs.