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Quick & Clever Handmade Cards (Quick and Clever) Kindle Edition
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Author Julie Hickey starts with a section that explores basic tools and supplies, including the card stock and envelopes. I can honestly say that this is the first cardmaking book I've come across that explains the logistics of stocking up on supplies so thoroughly well.
She has also perfected a standardized system which uses a few basic card sizes/shapes for all the designs. There are even patterns included for making envelopes (thank you!) so that if you can't find suitable envelopes at the craft store you won't be stuck with the ugly industrial kind to ruin the effect you worked to achieve with your custom card.
Hickey seems to start from an assumed beginner level and progresses the crafter though different projects to the more advanced cards at the end. All the steps are carefully illustrated with photos. I will describe the overall look of her designs as simple and elegant, but except for a few, not particularly innovative. A nice range of popular materials and styles are explored in the projects, including buttons, charms, microbeads, vellum, copper, shrink plastic and rubber-stamping. These are fun cards you might make up ahead for the sheer enjoyment and file safely away until an occasion calls for one; and yes as promised, there are card ideas to suit any occasion, or that can be easily adapted.
Recommended for card crafters that are looking for enjoyable, pretty projects that don't take up much time or money.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
This book offers such a huge variety of design ideas that you will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to make. Paper and card make up the basic materials for creating gift cards, and the massive range of paper and card on the market is explored. In addition, there are so many tools and embellishments to choose from to make your card really special: beads, punches, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paper yarn, mikuhki cord, wire, gold leaf, and funky foam.
Each technique is explored through a step-by-step project to make up a specific card for a particular occasion; variations cards are then featured. Handy tips feature throughout, inspirational gallery spreads plus advice on making cards to sell complete the book." (review by familycorner.com from one of their terrific online newsletters)
Step-by-step projects show in illustrated detail how to make a variety of eye-catching cards for different occasions
A wide range of simple techniques, such as stamping, paper weaving, embossing and punches, are used in fun and innovative ways for unique effects
Easy-to-use technical section gives all the know-how required to get started, while hints and tips throughout the book offer indispensible advice for fuss-free card making
Variation cards for each project, plus lots of additional design ideas, provide as extensive source of design inspiration and how-to information
Julie Hickey is a talented card maker, holds workshops in the craft and runs a successful card makers' club
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has many ideas and is understandable. You can duplicate the cards you see without much hassle. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Gwen
It was a good buy! So happy I ordered it . I am sure I will have fun making the projectsPublished on June 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was glad to have purchased this book. Very informative and easy to follow. The illustrations were great. A good book to buy.Published on March 9, 2011 by Gardengirl
Julie Hickey did a great job putting this book together. She is very imaginative and creative. There are many examples of her work that will be helpful to any paper crafter.Published on September 18, 2010 by n506
Book received as described. Arrived in timely fashion. Glad I got it and the price was right. Thanks!Published on May 27, 2010 by Poppy
This is a great book, one of two by this author. She has wonderful ideas and walks the reader through step by step. I especially liked the alternate suggestions made. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by Susan Donker