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These paper toles have elegant patterns that can be matched to create an elegant design. Cut the largest image and paste it to your card. Next, cut another image and mount it on top of the first image using foam tape. Repeat procedure for each image.

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Aribe Bead Embroidery Template 

Make lovely card bead embroidery patterns with the help from the Aribe bead embroidery template. Lay the template in the correct postion on the card, and use a perforating mat. Use the rectangular opening in the template above and below the bead border where you can draw in pencil lines that can be erased later. There are marker slots to help you with corner positioning and distance separation. Perforate the card with the Aribe Perforating Tool. Use a number 10 needle to thread the beads and secure to the reverse of your card with tape. To finish off, try using gold or silver decorative peel offs.

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Marianne D Background Embossing 

These stencils are designed for creating backgrounds. The wavy lines separate the different motifs. With the matting shapes, that can also be embossed, you can make many combinations. Place the stencil onto a lightbox and put the card on top of that. Emboss the designs by pressing the paper with the tool into the stencil openings. To enlarge the pattern of the small designs, just move the paper up or down on the stencil. To create an extra effect, combine with the paper in bright colors.

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Working For Yourself Producing And Selling Handmade Cards 
by Janet Polsterbridge

The market place for trying to sell homemade greeting cards has noticeably developed over the years. With the surge of relatively detached and impersonal electronic greetings that have defeated the objective of cards, people today begun to long for standard greeting cards that showed their feelings and thoughts. The web's way of delivering messages with moving graphics and sounds were only desirable temporarily. Gradually, people understood the reality regarding these greetings: people that use "e-cards" do not actually put much care into it and in all likelihood don't possess time to send a more sincere message. Thus returned the growing demand to get time honored greeting cards; and, in recent times, hand crafted greeting cards happen to be quite a market trend. For one, the sophisticated styles of handcrafted greeting cards show the distinctive expertise and effort which the creator has used in the card, thereby showing the love and affection of the message or greeting.

Retailing hand made greeting cards is a great business enterprise option for people who wish to work at home. There isn't any requirement for a large amount of starting funds----parents who work at home can merely make use of materials that they have or can buy inexpensively and get started making creative hand made greeting cards. Personalized greetings, poems, or even just commonly used messages which leave plenty of room for special messages can all be readily incorporated into the greeting card. For any creative person who wish to make a business from a pastime, what could be a day of enjoyable arts and crafts can transform into a cash making period. The secret is to find the appropriate time of year and marketplace. Birthdays, Valentines, and Christmas are often the most busy seasons in the case of retailing hand made greeting cards. Therefore before these dates, the cards need to already be in production. For your initial sale, greeting card designers can decide to sell amongst family and friends. Another choice is to try to sell with the aid of online social networking websites. Tagging acquaintances and asking them to examine the card and possibly buy it is a virtually free process of getting immediate purchasers. Since you are just starting, promoting and marketing tactics are going to be restricted to recommendations and online promotion. Receiving help from relatives and friends in promoting your hand crafted greeting cards may be a big help in enlarging your market. Creating a free blog site that is designed to hold the images and item descriptions of the greeting cards may well catch the attention of customers from other regions. There will be a requirement, however, to explore having postage and packing fees as part of your sale of cards.

The true beauty of handcrafted greeting cards is simply because they happen to be sincerely a "labor of love." Additionally, these handcrafted greeting cards are personalize, this allows the customers to feel special about his or her purchase because they can be assured nobody else will have that unique card which was specifically designed for them. Even though this may be quite taxing, as it would be a great challenge to one's creativeness, the business of one of a kind hand-made cards can certainly be pretty financially rewarding. But for people who find themselves beginning with the business, starting out with a few packs of quite similar, hand made cards can still be a really good start for success.

Author Resource: Glitter Monster Crafts is a prominent internet retailer of craft supplies ( for card making.

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Lace templates were designed to make your own patterns. It is very similar to Incire, Paper Piercing, Cut 'N Tuc, etc. Using a special Lace knife, one can easily cut through the lines of the template. With a small Lace scoring ruler and a special Lace scoring tool, one can make extremely sharp folds. You can create unique designs for greeting cards and scrapbooking. The procedure is very simple. Materials you will need are a duo color stock card, template, sharp cutting knife, and a folding tool.

1. Attach the template to your project, using removable tape.
2. Use a sharp craft knife.
3. Start at the point of the V and go towards the bottom. Curved lines should be started at the base of the shape and follow the shape.
4. Remove the template and score along the base of each shape, then fold the cut shapes.

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Ribbon Crafts - Types of Commonly Used Ribbons 

by Joyce Neilsen

There is a huge variety of ribbons you can choose from when making your ribbon crafts. Ribbons can be made from many different fabrics and come in many different styles. The type of ribbon you use in your ribbon crafts will depend on which application you are using them for.

Acetate Satin Ribbons

These durable ribbons have a shiny, stiff finish. They can come in solid colours or can have patterns stamped on them. Acetate ribbons can be used for gift wrapping, floral arrangements and wreaths, and wedding use.

Sheer Ribbons

Sheer ribbons are made from very lightweight, open weave fabrics such as organza, organdy and chiffon. They very versatile and come in a myriad of colours and sizes. These ribbons can be used in ribbon crafts such as dressmaking, scrap booking, card making, gift wrapping and wedding use.

Satin Ribbons

Smooth and silky, satin ribbons can be single faced, with one shiny side or double faced with both sides being shiny. These ribbons are also very versatile and come in many colours and sizes. Ribbon crafts that satin ribbons are commonly used for are dressmaking, scrap booking, card making, embroidery, ribbon flowers, hair accessories and gift wrapping.

Velvet Ribbons

For a touch of luxury in your ribbon crafts, you can't go past velvet ribbon. It comes in rich colours as well as soft pastels. One side the ribbon is plain and the other side, the plush, dense pile of the ribbon is what gives it it's luxurious feel. Velvet ribbon is great for dressmaking, seasonal decor and weddings.

Grosgrain Ribbons

Grosgrain are a heavier ribbon with thin horizontal ribbing. They are usually made from silk and come in a wide variety of colours. They very durable and are commonly used in scrap booking, card making, hair bows and dressmaking.

Jacquard Ribbons

The term jacquard ribbons is often used to describe ribbons with embroidery on them, but true jacquard ribbons are woven in such a way that the design is actually part of the weave of the fabric. Because of the way these ribbons are woven, there is a definite right side and wrong side. They give a very interesting effect to ribbon crafts that include dressmaking, home decor, scrap booking and cardmaking

Wired Ribbons

The wire in the edges of wired ribbons help them maintain their shape. This is particularly useful for ribbon crafts that require bows.

Lame Ribbons

Light weight metallic ribbons available in many colours. Use these when you require a bit of shimmer in your project.

Moire Ribbons

Usually made from taffeta or satiny fabric, these interesting ribbons have a watermark effect. A nice ribbon for adding a bit of interest in your project.

With so many ribbon types to choose from, you are sure to find one suitable for your ribbon crafts.

Joyce Neilsen - lover of all things ribbon.
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