Making cards on a budget

Jul 3, 2023

making cards on a budget

Let’s face reality – we have a reasonably expensive hobby.

So in these current economic times -I’m all about making cards on a budget.

One of my favourite things to make are 1-sheet wonder cards.

Here’s a sheet I recently made for a Colour Inkspiration challenge.

But the other day I saw a Youtube video that was made by my team leader -Jacque Williams.

And she used a 6″ x 6″ template designed by Jacinta Ryan & Chris Carmichael.

It’s such a great use of 6″x 6″ paper.

But what if you don’t have a massive supply of pretty paper -or even none at all?

Maybe you’re just starting out in this hobby, or you are on a strict budget.

Well, I have you sorted!

In this blog post, I’m going to show you how I made my own 6″ x 6″!

And then I used that paper and created the cards in the template.

Your basic requirements for making cards on a budget

For these cards you will need:

  • Cardstock of choice – I used Soft Sea Foam, Fresh Freeshia, Gorgeous Grape & Misty Moonlight
  • Stampsets of choice – I used Nature’s Prints & Layering Leaves
  • Inkpads of choice – I used Soft Sea Foam, Fresh Freeshia, Misty Moonlight & Crumb Cake
  • Ribbons of choice
  • Embellishments of choice
  • Glue of choice

Stamp your designs on a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock.

I decided to use soft sea foam as my base colour.

Then using the template below, cut your “DSP” as follows:

I will now show you how I created the different cards using the pieces:

Card 1: For this card -use the 1 3/4″ x 2″ pieces of cardstock.

I put them onto a matte and did some simple stamping with some ribbon.

making cards on a budget

Card 2: For this card, you stamp in-between the two triangle shapes.

Again, just matte them and you can add some ribbon or leave as is.

Card 3:

This card is stepped up a little by doing a tear technique.

It’s a favourite of mine and really changes how a card looks.

Add some twine and a tag.

You can also emboss the background if you like -or leave plain.

making cards on a budget

Card 4:

This card is also very easy to put together.

You just matte it -leave it plain or you can add some interest with embossing powder and embossing folders.

So, this is a very easy and affordable way to stretch a piece of cardstock, when you need to make cards on a budget.

I hope you give this a try -and remember you don’t always have to have patterned paper to make designs that you see!

Simply make your own one of a kind DSP!

Happy crafting!

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