Friday, December 16, 2016

Why Card Making

If you have ever wondered why you should look at card making as a possible hobby, this is the podcast for you.  Not only are we going to go over why you would want to, but we will also cover the benefits, what makes it attractive, where do you start and what do you need to get you on your way.


Why is card making such an alluring hobby?

  • Instant gratification
  • Quick and easy to share
  • Relaxing
  • Extremely supportive community of crafting people
  • You don't need to be artistic to be creative
  • Make you extra money to help support your hobby

  • 6 mini ink cubes
  • Acrylic block
  • Tape runner
  • Stamps
  • Pre-cut and scored cards
  • Envelopes
  • Pre-cut card stock pieces for layering

Kimberly Rendino's Counter Card she made using the kit

Catherine Pooler's The Foundation Box
  • 3 Stamp Sets
  • 5 Inks
  • Acrylic block
  • Scored card stock for your card bases

Links Referenced

Stamp Junkies Facebook Group - hands down the best out there
Justine Hovey YouTube Channel - she has some terrific videos for making cards that aren't overwhelming

Stamp Companies to Get You Started

So Suzy Stamps - Yes, I am quite biased, but it's totally true

What got you into card making?  I would love to see your stories so please leave us a comment!


  1. I started making cards out of boredom! I had no hobbies other than reading and wanted to try something new. A friend invited me to a Stampin' Up party soon after I had started buying supplies and I was HOOKED! I was going to be spending enough to qualify as a demonstrator so I purchased the kit and then placed my first HUGE order that was all mine! Within a month I was a top seller and within 6 months I was too busy doing parties and sorting orders to have time to create so I got done as a demonstrator! Since then I have gone from a little box of supplies to an entire craft room that is overflowing with crafty goodness! I wouldn't change a thing on my journey though because I learned quite a bit of new things as a demonstrator. Some things were learned from customers and others through trial and error! Some of the best techniques I have learned were from making mistakes! LOL
    Crafting has become my savior and helps me to manage pain from an injury incurred in August of 2005! I don't know what I would do if I didn;t have this fun hobby and the wonderful crafting community!

    1. Isn't it crazy how those parties get you hooked? I definitely hear ya on the savior part, I am totally blessed to have it!

  2. I totally stumbled into cardmaking via a friend and there was no looking back. I love it!

    1. I hope you send that friend a card every now and again! LOL

  3. I jumped right into the deep end and made my own wedding invitations. What, I hated everything and those buffers are expensive for some raised print. Then I found scrapbooking. Then I needed a reason to keep buying paper...oh, hello cards! LOL

    1. LOL Isn't is nice to have that instant gratification? he he he

  4. Why card making?? Why not!
    I had dabbled into several different hobbies growing up, looking to find my niche. I have a pretty artsy family full of singer/song writers, pastry chefs, wood workers, crochet mega-stars. Yet nothing really clicked with me.
    A friend was hosting a make and take Christmas card event in her home with Stampin Up. In an effort to support her, I attended. Wham! I was hooked!
    That was 10 years ago and some of the same reasons that hooked me then, still hook me now:
    *There's no right or wrong in card making. Designs, techniques, and how little or how much you glue onto that card front, is all a matter of personal choice. If you "think" you made a mistake - Think again! Cards can always be salvaged and a little bit of bling goes a long way.
    *It's never repetitive! There are always new tools, materials, and techniques to try. Focus on one style you're comfortable with and when you're ready to try something new, there's no shortage of inspiration!
    *Supplies don't have to cost an arm and a leg. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!! I admit, when I first started, I was soooo naive and thought, here's an affordable hobby! It's just paper. A little red rubber here, some dollar store bling there.....yeah....let's not talk about all the amazing tools available in the industry. I have tools I've had to set up payment plans for, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
    *As mentioned in the podcast, Instant Gratification. It is my middle name. While I've changed my methodology some and often times take several days to make several cards versus finishing them front to back on the same day, I have about 3 days worth of work, then boom, a dozen cards in 4 different designs (okay I make everything in 3s, I'll explain in my next point) ready to be posted in my Etsy shop.
    *Right Brain vs Left Brain. I'm a business analyst by day. While paper crafting allows me to use the "crafty side" of my brain, I feel that I can apply much of my analyst skills to card making, especially since I make everything in sets. Conversely, I feel that creative spirit carries over and compliments my work. It's a great balance.
    *Me time! I spend all day on the phone solving people's problems. With card making, I can plunk the hubs in front of the cricket match and have some "me" time in my creative space. It truly helps me keep my sanity. I find that when I recognize I'm getting super stressed, is often because I haven't been in my crafting room for a few days. A good hour or two in there and I'm back on track.
    *Who doesn't love getting a card! While I admit, I'm notorious for NOT sending them, I have always been obsessed with stationary. I feel like this is a big reason card making turned me on. It helped me translate my love for Lisa Frank and fancy lined paper, into a hobby as an adult. Hey, I still get to play with stickers when I want!
    For me those are probably some of the biggest reasons that have had me card making for the past decade. If anyone wants to give it a try, my crafty light is always on!

    1. Ok, I LOVE THIS!!!!! It sounds so much like me it isn't even funny! Love it and thank you so much for sharing this!

  5. Hi Suzy,

    I have to say that your personal story resonates so well with me. I went through a really rough divorce and during the last few years of that I relied on my creative side to keep me grounded. My creative history really started with cake decorating and it turned from hobby into business. That was most definitely not instant gratification and you can't just keep lots of cakes sitting around lol.

    Like Aimee Ann, my day job requires a lot of problem solving and analytical work in a technical field. I am an introvert at heart so cardmaking allows me time to recharge plus I get the same kind of gratification from seeeing people enjoy them as when I spent a weekend doing a wedding and groom cake.

    I am looking forward to the design team class on 2/1!!!

  6. I started in January of 2015. had watched some CuddleBug videos and had asked for one for 2 Christmases. No one gave me one so bought it in January and never looked back. I had my own consulting business since 2001 and was a total workaholic. finally, in 2017 I am retiring (except for some project work, cause I like the extra $$). I joined a few facebook groups. Especially one small group with some remmarkable artists. I was mostly doing embossed paper and die cuts. Then I went to SimonSaysStamp "Create" event in October 2015. OMG. I was totally hooked. Stamping, embossing, all of it. I met some amazing creative people (Jennifer McGuire, Laura Bassen, Shari Carroll and more) I have invested a lot of $$ in stamps and supplies. Then I found Gina K Products. They have improved my card making to a level I never thought possible. I LOVE making cards. I have an over abundance of cards. My business office (3rd bedroom) is now my craft room and sanctuary. But now that retirement is here, time to start making this more of a business. I don't expect to make a lot of money, but need to get my products out there and out of a private stash. Thank you so much for all the valuable information in these podcasts.

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