Busting the Myth: You Need a Lot of Crafting Supplies to Make Beautiful Handmade Cards

by Irick Arbuso

When it comes to card making, there's a common misconception that you need a ton of crafting supplies to create stunning handmade cards. Do you agree or disagree?

In this blog post, we'll explore how you can make beautiful DIY cards with just a minimal set of supplies and share tips and tricks on how to stretch the use of your supplies. We hope this helps challenge your creativity and resourcefulness and get the most out of your Altenew products! Let's get started.

Creating Stunning Cards with a Minimal Set of Crafting Supplies

You don't need an overflowing craft room to make beautiful cards. In fact, with just a few key supplies, you can create stunning designs that will impress your friends and family.

Creating Stunning Cards with a Minimal Set of Crafting Supplies

#1 Clean and Simple Designs

One of the easiest ways to create beautiful cards with minimal crafting supplies is to embrace clean and simple designs. This means focusing on clean lines, minimal embellishments, and a thoughtful use of white space. By keeping your designs simple, you can let your creativity shine without the need for an extensive collection of supplies. Find more clean and simple card designs HERE.

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#2 Using Stamps, Dies, and Stencils in Unique Ways

Instead of feeling limited by your crafting supplies, challenge yourself to think outside the box. For example, you can use your stamps, dies, and stencils in unique ways to create one-of-a-kind designs. Experiment with different techniques and combinations to see what you can come up with.

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Here are a few cardmaking tutorials to help you get started!

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#3 Reusing Leftover Scraps

Don't throw away those leftover paper scraps! Instead, use them to create unique card designs. Whether it's a patchwork of different patterns or a creative use of negative space, reusing scraps is not only budget-friendly but also environmentally conscious. Here are some creative ways to reuse leftover scraps:

  • Use them to die cut images or sentiments.
  • Use them as borders.
  • Use them for interactive designs – pull tabs, shaker elements, pop-ups, etc.

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#4 Investing in Time-Saving and Eco-Friendly Crafting Supplies

If you do want to invest in new supplies, consider opting for time-saving and eco-friendly options. Not to toot our own horn, but here at Altenew we offer Zero-Waste and One-Go products that are not only good for the environment but also make card making more efficient. By choosing these types of crafting supplies, you can streamline your crafting process and reduce waste.

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Here are a few card making tutorials showcasing the versatility of our Zero-Waste and One-Go products!

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#5 Making Multiple Cards with One Versatile Product

Instead of buying multiple products for different occasions, invest in one versatile stamp/die/stenci; that can be used for various card designs. This not only saves you money but also challenges you to think creatively about how you can use a single product in different ways.

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Need more card making ideas with just ONE STAMP/DIE/STENCIL? Our designers got you! Check out these tutorials:

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#6 Combine Old Products with New Ones

We're not stopping you from buying new crafting supplies. By all means – do what your crafty heart tells you! *wink* But it's also good to challenge yourself to combine old products with new ones to create fresh and unique card designs. Did you know that our very own Jaycee Gaspar has been sharing cardmaking ideas featuring old and new Altenew products? Check out his Perfect Pairings with Jaycee over at our YouTube channel! CLICK HERE.

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MORE Budget-Friendly Card Making Ideas and Suggestions

In addition to the above tips, here are some budget-friendly card making ideas and suggestions to help you create beautiful cards without breaking the bank:

  • Use high-quality cardstock and patterned paper – this is the backbone of every card you make!
  • Incorporate digital elements into your designs.
  • Explore free or low-cost online tutorials and resources. Lucky for you, we've got FREE online crafting classes HERE!
  • Host a card making swap with friends to exchange supplies and ideas.
  • Look for sales, discounts, and clearance items at craft stores. YEP, we got crafting sales and promotions EVERY DAY. CLICK HERE to shop discounted products!
  • DIY your own embellishments using household items like buttons, ribbon, twine, and fabric scraps.

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By following these budget-friendly card making ideas and suggestions, you can create beautiful cards without breaking the bank. Remember, it's not about the quantity of supplies you have, but rather how you use them to create thoughtful handmade projects.

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What's the verdict?

Do you need a lot of crafting supplies to make beautiful handmade cards? The simple answer is no. BUT this shouldn't stop you from trying new products or investing in supplies and tools that will make cardmaking more fun and easier for you! So, you do you!

Do you have more tips and tricks on how to create beautiful cards even with minimal supplies? We'd love to know! Comment below!

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With just a minimal set of crafting supplies and some creativity, you can create stunning designs that will impress anyone who receives them. By embracing clean and simple designs, using your supplies in unique ways, reusing leftover scraps, investing in eco-friendly products, and exploring budget-friendly ideas, you can elevate your card making game without breaking the bank. So next time you feel overwhelmed by the idea of needing a lot of crafting supplies, remember that less is often more when it comes to creating beautiful handmade cards. Happy crafting!

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Tara C Prince June 28, 2024 - 11:42 AM

such beautiful cards

Altenew July 3, 2024 - 5:31 PM

Thank you, Tara!


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