Getting Started with Card Making

We all get greeting cards for various occasions but getting a personalized handmade greeting card ban be really special. If you would like to be creative and make your own greeting cards at home but don’t know how to go about it, look no further we put together some great ideas for you. And whether you want to start making greeting cards for the fun of it or your plan is to make some money from it as well, we’ll highlight what you need to get started on your journey into card making. You can light up that special friend or family member by making a creative personalized greeting card.

You are probably wondering where to start and what supplies you really need to get started with card making.The good news is you just need a few basic craft supplies to get started with making greeting cards at home. You may well have some of these already in your home craft supplies.

Here are the basic things you will need:


A cutting mat or self-healing mat – this serves as a work surface and protects the table surface from ink stains and knife scratches/cuts, while also providing a convenient workspace for scraps or embellishments for specific projects. A self-healing mat with grid lines has an added advantage of assisting with component placement on projects. The mats come in different sizes, which makes it easyto find one that fits your workspace.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers
A trimmer/cutter tool and/or guillotine – there are different types of paper trimmers,and they come in a variety of sizes, such as a rotary blade, guillotine, sliding blades, etc. Most scrapbook papers have 12” x 12” size; this is the recommended size because it is very useful when creating card bases.

Glue or Adhesives – different types of adhesives are available depending on the project, and you will need different varieties because some elements might require different kinds of glue. For example, faux gem needs a thick, strong hold adhesive because they are heavy.Some common types of adhesives used in card making include:

Fiskars Bypass Paper Trimmer

Where to Buy
Crafty World Self Healing Cutting Mat for Sewing & Crafts
Glue Dots Double-Sided Removable Dots
Scotch Double Sided Adhesive Roller
Scrapbook Adhesives Permanent Pre-Cut 3D Foam Squares
Scotch Magic Tape
Pioneer Photo Mounting Squares
Melissa & Doug Wooden Alphabet Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black – Permanent
Hero Arts Woodblock Stamps
Hero Arts Woodblock Stamp Little Greetings Happy Birthday
Deluxe Round Corner Punch Cutter
EK tools Circle Punch
Astrobrights/Neenah Bright White Cardstock
EK Tools Precision Scissors
Precision Scissors and Tweezers Craft Knife Brad Setter
X-Acto Precision Knife


  • Glue Dots – used for adhering embellishments like paper piecing components, ribbon, thin metal charms and other things liquid glue cannot hold.
  • Roller Adhesive – they are available as a temporary or permanent adhesive and come with refill cartridges, and they are often used for adhering thin ribbon and paper to other paper surfaces.
  • Foam Squares – ideal for highlighting a specific element on a card like a raised frame.
  • Glue Pens, these are liquid adhesive pens used for adhering embellishments like sequins or glitter, examples include Sakura quickie glue pen, Squeeze and Roll glue pen, and Chisel Tip glue pen.
  • Scotch tape – can be used for embellishments like overlapping ribbon pieces, splayed brad legs, and the end of embroidery floss tails.
  • Photo squares often used in scrapbooking and are perfect for adhering cardstock.
  • Alphabet stampsalphabet stamp sets are available in different fonts and sizes and makes personalizing a card with the recipient’s name or custom message very easy.
  • Permanent ink pad ink pads are available in different colors, but a permanent ink pad is the best option for card making becauseit doesn’t run or fade.
  • Thank you stamp – this is great for creating quick thank you cards.
  • Happy Birthday stamp everyone has a birthday, so this will be great for making birthday cards for your friends and loved ones.
  • Markers and pens – ultra fine-point markers are ideal for doodling or handwriting custom greeting, permanent ink is great when used with markers because they won’t fade or smear, and ball stick pen which glides smoothly is perfect for inputting small details.
  • Round corner tool ideal for making rounded corners on cards and also softened card design lines.
  • One-inch circle punchmakes it easy to create a small window on a card.
  • Cardstock a thick kind of paper that can stand still stand even when folded over.
  • A pair of scissors these are handy for trimming excess paper along edges, cutting small embellishments such as embroidery floss and ribbon.
  • A rule/ruler for taking measurements.
  • Craft knife this knife is very sharp so be careful with it if you buy one.It is used for cutting out the paper where scissors have limitations.

Another great way to get started is by using pre-packaged card making kits. The kits below will help you get started with card making in no time:

Where to Buy
Made By Hands Make Your Own Cards
4M Make Your Own Greeting Cards Kit

1. Made By Hands Make Your Own Cards

Lets get creative: get a group of friends together and get crafty! the make your own cards kit by made by hands is a fun way to have kids get into do it yourself crafts.

2. 4M Make Your Own Greeting Cards Kit

Design and personalize up to 12 greeting cards for family and friends.
The kit includes blank cards, 12 unfolded envelopes, 6 sheets of pattern templates, alphabet stickers, ribbon and assorted decorations.

Let your creative side show and send that special someone a unique message on their special occasion. Get started with these ideas on making your own greeting cards!