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Quick and Easy Handmade Cards Paperback – July 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; First Edition edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600612430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600612438
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,097,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Petra Boase is a top UK designer and stylist with over 15 books to her name. She regularly appears on the BBC's Change That and her work sells through the Conran Shop, Liberty's of London, and Barney's in New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Cook on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Personally, I would hardly call sewing on your cards a basic technique, yet this book can teach you how.

While I will admit that the papers used to create the cards shown would not have been my choice, the ideas are endless and quite creative.

The best part of this particular book is that you can adapt most of the designs to fit your own style, try new techniques, embellish on more basic designs and create cards that truly fit you or the recipient.

Another perk of the book, is that most of the tools and materials shown in the easy to follow directions, are things that are easy to get or that you probably already own.

There are 35 different techniques shown and in between each section is a gallery of ideas shown with that technique.

Another thought, quilling, embossing, applique, and goldleafing are all taught in this book with a variety of ideas to accompany. These don't strike me as basic techniques and I think this book would be truly helpful to those that are still semi-new to card making.

I actually would recommend this to others for the simple to follow instructions, the techniques shown and the resizable templates in the back of the book.
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Format: Paperback
I got this book as a gift since I just recently started making my own greeting cards for family and friends. While I did learn some interesting tips, I think the projects are a bit too basic, and the end result isn't as spectacular as you may be hoping for. Some of the projects require a sewing machine or tools you probably won't use too often (like for working metal).

There are little galleries in between projects, and some of the cards are much nicer than the projects in this book- making me feel like the book was lacking (a lot).

I'd pick a more complex card book over this one (even if the projects seem more intimidating, the end result will be MUCH NICER)- at least it would give you something to work towards. I would only recommend this book to a teacher who wants to come into class with some interesting projects for your students.
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