New to Cardmaking? Start Here

I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful hobby in cardmaking and I love sharing my projects and ideas on this blog.  The papercrafting community is such a fun and positive place and there’s always something new to learn.

If you’re looking for a place to get started in the world of cardmaking, here are a few suggestions……



When I first got started in cardmaking, there were tons of magazines out there for learning and inspiration.  Today, there are far fewer, but instead, lots of great online content.  I still love to sit and flip through the pages of a colorful paper craft magazine bending down the page of a card or layout I like or a new product that looks interesting.  This is a great place to start if you don’t want to get overwhelmed with all the information that’s out online.  You can usually purchase these at your local book or craft store or get a subscription.  These are a few of my favorites:

Scrapbook and Cards Today

Simply Cards and Papercraft

Creative Scrapbooker

Take a class


This is a great way to learn new techniques, or improve on what you already know.


If you’re lucky enough to have a local scrapbooking store in your area, they usually offer some great classes.  Many times, they provide most of the supplies and you just need to show up with the basics.  A benefit to these in house classes is that you get to meet other crafters in your community.

Online Free:

Many bloggers, including myself offer free content on their blogs or YouTube channels.  There are so many great crafters out there with amazing talents–these are just a few of my favorites:

Jennifer McGuire: Beautifully produced videos with lots of examples.  She can do amazing things with die cuts!

Kristina Werner: Her coloring and brush lettering skills are amazing.

Laura Bassen:   Rainbows are her specialty along with her hilarious commentary.

Yana Smakula: Crisp and clean designs, she works with a variety of coloring mediums.

Online Paid:

Paid classes online are a great option if you want to dive deep into a technique.  Online Card Classes has great options for all levels of crafters.  I have taken many classes through them and revisit them again and again for more practice.  Big Picture Classes is a monthly subscription that offers everything from scrapbooking to card making to photography and much more.  They have a great free trial option where you can review classes before you commit.

Try a Challenge

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Need a jump-start?  Try a card challenge.  These are weekly or monthly contests that have you  create a project based on a specific requirement..  This could be a sketch, color combo or mood board.   They sometimes even offer a prize or chance to be a guest designer.  I have a few listed above (click on the badge to be brought to the website), but there are many kinds out there.  Starting with parameters is sometimes easier than completely trying to come up with something from scratch.  Depending on your style, there is something for everyone.

Listen to a Podcast

Balzer Designs

The Adventures In Arting Podcast with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is an hour or so of entertaining commentary about art and creating with Julie and her mom.  Julie, a mixed media artist, is so encouraging and has so many fun “arting” adventures.  I always feel uplifted and ready to try new things after listening to her.

Recommended Reading

Finally, I always like to keep a few books on hand to refer back to when I need design ideas or color inspiration.

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These 2 books are great for people like me that don’t have a graphic design background, but are looking for ways to make our card designs look “pleasing to the eye”.  Lots of examples of design principles are covered.  I own them both and keep them close by when I’m creating.


When I need color and design inspiration, I turn to these books.  Color Inspirations is a huge dictionary of color combinations that are great when you just don’t know what colors to choose for a project.   I love looking at Ad Boy for the fun retro elements and perfect design placement in the ads.  Art Journal Freedom is a great resource for how to choose color for your designs.  Great for those that have trouble with the color wheel (like me).



My “Favorite Tools” post found HERE can help you with the next steps……..