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Artist and author Rothamel’s offering is appealing. It is a one-stop annotated and illustrated dictionary of greeting card information, whether the subject is mechanics (accordion fold, wrinkling); how-to’s (past paper, thermal embossing); arcane bytes (deltiology is the art of collecting postcards); or relevant tips (the use and safety of craft knives). Although the book is comprehensive in scope, no one entry is featured in complete detail; a good addition would have been bibliographic citations (for more information). Still, the author provides a good overview of the craft along with profiles of 14 practitioners, a historical time line, and advice for the wannabe professional (such as card submission and composition guidelines). --Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“The mother of all paper arts books...It really is a bible for those of us who just love the paper arts. The techniques are vast, yet well explained and illustrated...This book is concise, easy to follow, and well thought out.”  —FaveCrafts.com
 
"The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques is set up alphabetically with every term connected with card making explained. I really enjoyed the frequent artist profiles that are associated with a specific term that the artist specializes in. They tell a little about their expertise with that particular medium and show several examples of their work. These interesting spotlights also gave the encyclopedia a more personal feel. Beautiful, vivid photos of cards fill every page, where they are used as examples of different card making methods. Die cutting, gilding, embossing and embellishing are just a few of the many, many effects demonstrated...The book also includes some helpful extras, like a list of holidays around the world, quotes to add to your cards and places to purchase supplies. The Encyclopedia of Greeting Card Tools & Techniques offers both the beginner and the more experienced card maker an opportunity to learn about all the possible greeting card techniques from the basic to the more intricate." —Cute Everything
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454701218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454701217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fine Craft Fan VINE VOICE on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Clocking in at more than 300 pages, this inspiring reference book from Sue Pickering Rothamel includes great, precise definitions of an encyclopedic range of card-making terms and, more importantly, hundreds of card images from a wide range of artists. Processes such as thermal embossing and stenciling are explained in short how-tos, an interesting history of card-making timeline is presented, and extensive card-sentiment suggestions are offered in the appendix. But make no mistake: The colorful cards, presented in a clean layout on bright white pages, are what make this wonderful volume an absolute delight and treasure-trove for artists and lay folk alike who are looking for ideas to personalize their cards and correspondence.
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This books starts with a history of Greeting Cards. Techniques and tools are then presented in alphabetic order, from A to Z in true encyclopedia fashion. It covers a vast array of tools and techniques. It also includes some bios of some greeting card artist.

Unlike other card / crafting encyclopedias, it is very general and does not provide very detailed, step-by-step instructions to produce cards for each technique. It does try to provide a picture for most of the topics mentioned.

So although okay to browse for general knowledge, it is not my go-to book for ideas or how to do something.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVE this book and it is a welcome addition to my current book collection. These cards are more than just crafts; many are works of art that I wouldn't hesitate to frame and hang in my home. The photography is especially beautiful and the cards and techniques provide great ideas for making my own cards. I can't wait to check out other books by Miss Pickering Rothamel.
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By Mermade on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a GREAT step by step instructional book. I thought I knew all the TOOLS of the trade but I learned so many new things and new tools I need. I share this book with my buddies in my Art group. Now we are using this book for a class.Get that elegant Art look "easy peasy". Achieve Arty finished projects without the stress.
Susan is a remarkable Writer and Artist.
Looking forward to more of her books.
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Format: Hardcover
It was hard to wait for this book to get published once I learned it was in the works! It was all I hoped for and more! The history is fascinating and the tidbits throughout the book refreshing! There are cards for beginners, someone with only a little time to make cards and someone with alot of time to make cards. Even those who have been making cards a long time will find something new in here. The photos, illustrations and directions are invaluable to a visual learner like me, the only thing better would be an actual cardmaking workshop! The information and inspiration you will get from this book is priceless. You will probably come back and get more for family and friends so you won't have to share yours!
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This book is interesting to look at, but the ideas are very artsy and labor intensive. They are not at all mainstream like the pictures on the cover would indicate. Because it uses the "encyclopedia" format, like ideas are not grouped together. You have to look things up by alphabetical order. I only saw a few ideas that I would consider duplicating. In all fairness, it does explain what different techniques are, but doesn't always show you how to do them. Not very useful if you're looking for an idea book.
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this book is crap. it has a page listed anniversary cards and shows pictures of cards that say anniversary. it does not break down techniques for card making. It doesn't tell you tools that were used to make a card. This book was a waste of money.
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Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a gift and was very impressed with how easy it was to find and use the information in it! I brought this to class and went through it to help my 6th graders find ideas for cards they were making for a project. I think they spent more time looking through the book than actually working on their cards! The art teacher at our school borrowed this and it took her THREE WEEKS to get it back to me!. She commented that it was so inspiring to her and just beautiful to look at - and she said she learned a few things! This one is a definite must-have!
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