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  • Card making....hobby turning into an addiction!!

    Hi Everyone!

    I'm Claire. I just joined the forum today, after spending about 4 hours this morning making cards! I don't know about anyone else but card making really helps me forget about the day job and gives me something else to think about. Trouble is I love it so much I can't stop spending money on more and more new things. I have a real thing for rubber stamps, paper punches and anything sparkly.

    I've decided to try and sell some of the cards, otherwise I'm going to end up with 100's. I've only been doing it a couple of weeks but already have quite a few. I don't expect to make any money at all because whatever profit I make will no doubt be spent on new equipment.

    I would love to hear from other people on the forum - anyone else addicted to buying card making stuff? Or is it just me?

    Claire xx
    www.facebook.com/cathcartcards

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a very productive morning! I like quilling (which i sometimes use to make cards), knitting and needlework!
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    • #3
      Welcome! Head on down to the card section and have a look through the great threads there! I, too, am really in to card making, but I don't use stamps.

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      • #4
        Hi Claire and welcome to the forum...card making is addictive and I think everyone who catches the bug goes through the random spending phase too... I suffered with ooh pretty/shiny/sparkly syndrome for a while and I had a serious paper addiction :lol: but Business can change all of that and the need to account for expenditure and balance the books really brings it into perspective.

        Look forward to getting to know you and your work.

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        • #5
          Hi Claire and welcome to the forum.
          I'm a card majer too and have more stash than I know what to do with!
          It's a great hobby and I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work.

          Ally
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          • #6
            Hi and welcome to the forum, crafting is addictive and find it a lovely way to escape from reality, everyone needs a vice in life. It would be nice to see some if your work
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            • #7
              Hi and welcome ! I love papercrafts too and yes, it can be very addictive. I have to stop myself buying new papers, somehow the ones I like, are always the more expensive...
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              • #8
                Hi all,

                Hope you had a good day. I've got a massive headache today so giving the crafting a rest.

                Its Great to hear its not just me that is addicted! I'll check out the card threads, I'm sure i'll pick up some great tips. I've been looking through lots of card magazines and there are so many techniques that im absolutely clueless about! I'd like to see work on here? Do people put it on their home pages? Or advertise their websites?

                Claire xx
                www.facebook.com/cathcartcards

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                • #9
                  Hi Claire,
                  you can see my work on my blog or facebook page. They are both in my signature

                  ally
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                  Blog: http://lovinglyhandcrafted.blogspot.co.uk/
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                  • #10
                    Hi Ali,

                    Your cards look really professional. Did you stamp the tree or print it?

                    I noticed you said you use wooden stamps - I'm really struggling to get on with these. I bought a couple from ebay and they don't seem to print fully. Maybe user error but they didn't seem to be that good. Do you prefer wooden or clear stamps?

                    I put some of my cards in an album on the album page .....wasn't sure where people normally post their crafts

                    Claire xx
                    www.facebook.com/cathcartcards

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                    • #11
                      Hi Claire,
                      I am a Stampin' Up! demo so tend to use mostly their products but I do have others as well.
                      I like wooden stamps because you can get some pressure down when you're stamping, but I also like the clear stamps as you can see where you are stamping!

                      When stamping, always take the ink to the stamp and stamp by using even pressure. Keep your stamps clean too and make sure you have the right type of cleaner for the ink you are using.

                      It does take a lot of practise but you'll get there in the end. If there's anything else I can help you with, then just let me know.

                      Happy stamping!

                      Ally
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                      • #12
                        Hi Claire...I'm addicted to making my own cards too although only for friends and family. I made my earring and necklace cards to display my jewellery...so I'm managing to combine all my addictions at the moment.
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                        • #13
                          Hi Claire...I'm addicted to making my own cards too although only for friends and family. I made my earring and necklace cards to display my jewellery...so I'm managing to combine all my addictions at the moment.

                          x Denise x

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                          • #14
                            I prefer rubber stamps (often called wooden because they are often, but not always, mounted on wood blocks) to clear polymer as I really think you get a crisper image form etched rubber - when you press down on polymer stamps they squidge a bit and this can lead to blurring. I don't get blurry images with rubber stamps...but its very much personal preference

                            If you are getting incomplete images when using stamps it could be several issues.

                            Sometimes with new stamps there is some residue left on the stamp from the manufacturing process. If you lightly rub the stamp with an ordinary rubber eraser and then rinse and dry the stamp this will often resolve the issue.

                            Ink loading - especially on large or very detailed stamps sometimes the ink doesn't load properly on the image and you can get patchy results. I find that turning the stamp over and lightly tapping the ink pad onto the stamp until you can see it is covered works better than pressing the stamp into the ink pad. Also ensure you apply even pressure to the whole of the stamp to make sure the ink transfers the whole image to the card/paper.

                            Sadly some stamps are just not great quality...or have been stored or treated incorrectly. You will come to learn which stamps are good and which work well for you and your style.

                            Treated well (used, cleaned and properly stored) good quality rubber stamps will last years and years


                            Card mags are a great place to start for ideas and basic techniques and you tube is great for checking out tutorial videos to get basic ideas of how to...

                            I love it when people pop some of their things into albums here because it is easy to take a quick look...will pop along and take a look at your albums later.

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