The official website for Crafts Beautiful, Lets Get Crafting! and Let's Make Cards magazines
Nothing beats receiving a handmade card, and making one for that special person or occasion can bring a lot of pleasure. In Crafts Beautiful Magazine you will find or 25 pages dedicated to card making with over 45 card projects covering all techniques and with easy-to-use card making templates, plus tried and tested tips from the designers. The card making projects range from easy ideas that kids can try – the 3-D designs are great fun to make - to the more sophisticated themes for grown-up birthdays and anniversaries. We show you how to create decorative finishing touches using repeat stamping and punches, or how to add distressing effects and dry emboss with brass stencils. And if you have a celebration to plan for, you can make batches of cards and papercrafts using the free card templates at www.crafts-beautiful.com. Our step-by-step video tutorials will guide you through some of the trickier card making techniques, particularly creating recessed apertures, tea-bag folding, easels and the popular never-ending card.
Card Making Ideas
Each issue the talented designers at Crafts Beautiful come up with a selection of card making ideas to suit any occasion. There are projects to celebrate the birth of a new baby, congratulations on graduating, to a simple, yet heartfelt 'thinking of you'. We've quirky character cards to cheer someone up and card crafting ideas that recognise the more serious religious significance of Christmas and Easter. Our tutorial features will give you a taster of a specific card making technique, plus ideas on how to finish off a design using embellishments. Brads, eyelets, ribbon staples, chipboard shapes and peel-offs will give your card making that all important professional look, and experts advise you on how to get the most out of them. We know that crafters love to celebrate special occasions and making cards is one way to show off their creative talents, without too much outlay.
Free Card Making Templates
Card making templates are an essential tool to a crafter, after all not everybody is confident in their drawing skills. In Crafts Beautiful Magazine and there is a dedicated template section featuring all the card templates required to complete the relevant projects. For ease of use, each project spread in the the magazine has a pattern page logo which corresponds with the template section at the back of the magazine. Some templates are shown actual size and others will need to be re-sized, using a photocopier, graph paper or they can be scanned into your computer and printed out. A handy tip is to make your card templates out of thick card, an old cereal packet works a treat, then you can use the shapes to draw or cut around many times. If you don't want to cut the magazine pages, you can also download free card making templates at www.crafts-beautiful.com. All you need to do is register for free to access 100s of patterns, diagrams and charts, plus designer papers that appear in the magazine and exclusive online projects.