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Sending personalized cards make a difference to others in more ways than one. They're easy to do, and it's a craft you can start with little investment. A few markers, scissors, stickers and card stock are all you really need to make an impression. Below are supplies and tips that make homemade cards even easier to make.

Suggested Supplies for Basic Card Making:
Multi-Use Scissors
Paper Trimmer
Scissors with Various Edges
Pens and Markers
Card Stock and Colored Paper
Colored/Patterned Paper
Adhesives: double-stick tape and glue sticks
Embellishments: stickers and stamps*

Suggested Supplies for Advanced Card Making:
Two-Sided Craft Mat for Cutting
Hole-Punches
Eyelet Punch
Rotary Trimmer
Ready-Made Cards with Envelopes
Adhesives: glue dots, vellum tape & metal glue
Embellishments: brads, eyelets, charms, adhesives, buttons and ribbons
Design/Clipart/Font Software

*Stickers and stamps come in a variety of sizes and themes, look for: images, words, borders, designs, seasonal images and holiday pieces.

As for rubber stamps, often a simple marker will work well if you have a stamp that is larger than the inkpad or if you need a variety of colors. You may also want to experiment with acrylic-based craft paints - they'll add dimension to your stamps.

More Tips and Fun Ideas:
Recycle old calendars for fun pieces of artwork
Use gift wrap scraps for embellishments and layering
Add dried and pressed flowers
Colored photo-copies of favorite photos
Use texture and dimension when planning your card
Use a quilter's color wheel to coordinate colors
A 3-in-1 printer/copier/scanner unit is very versatile
Don't forget to sign your work
Organized materials in cases, bags, binders and files


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