Cardmaking Essentials: Thank You Cards

Kimber McGray
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Meet paper craft artist and card designer Kimber McGray and preview the skills you'll learn in this class to make fun thank you cards. You can watch the lessons all the way through, or use the class as a reference, skipping to techniques you want to learn or refresh as you desire.
This lesson is all about using punches creatively. Use border punches to jazz up the edges of your cards and to make layering pieces and frames. Kimber shows you how to align your edges to get even scallops and how to troubleshoot any problems. See how to make a fun card with scalloped ombré layers, then embellish your card with an accordion flower made with a border punch and scored folds.
Say thank you with whimsical paper flowers and 3-D embellishments. Use punches, scissors and more with Kimber's guidance to create paper layers that form the basis of a scrunched flower, a 3-D flower and a spiral rose. Create more 3-D shapes such as butterflies or hearts to make your cards pop!
Add bold and stylish texture to paper, acetate and chipboard by embossing it! Learn freehand embossing techniques as well as how to use an embossing machine. The same machine can be used with dies to cut your card stock or whimsical shapes quickly and precisely. Kimber's lineup of design variations is sure to spark your own creativity!
Learn about the wealth of stamps and inks you can use to add sentiments, color and texture to your projects. Kimber demonstrates how to use different types of stamps to get the look you want, right where you want it. You can even mask your stamps or try stamping on cloth or ribbon!
Heat embossing adds dimension and shine to your projects. Get Kimber's tips for choosing, using and storing embossing powders and inks, then follow along as she embosses a stamped sentiment, uses the emboss resist technique with colored inks and uses embossing powder to transform uncommon objects into colorful embellishments.
Get creative with a variety of stencil types, using ink pads, pens, stamps and spray ink to create unique cards. Kimber shares her techniques for using different inks and embellishing stencils for a custom look you'll love.
7 Lessons
2  hrs 13  mins

Paper crafts expert Kimber McGray shares her go-to cardmaking techniques for thank you cards that amaze! Use punches in new and creative ways and add interest with scalloped ombré layers. Make playful paper flowers, 3-D embellishments and more, for a touch of whimsy on any card. Moving on, embrace texture with embossed paper, acetate and chipboard, and become comfortable with either freehand or machine embossing techniques. Get Kimber’s tips for using a variety of stamps to achieve the look you want, even on cloth or ribbon, and learn how to select and use the right powders and inks for gorgeous heat embossing! Finally, let your creativity loose with stencils, ink, pens and more, for truly custom cards. Plus, get an exclusive kit packed with the paper, stamps and stencils that Kimber uses throughout your class, available for purchase right here on Craftsy!

Kimber McGray

Kimber McGray is a paper crafts expert, author and instructor. Her work has been published in CardMaker, Paper Crafts, Scrapbook & Cards Today and more. In addition, she has authored several paper craft books, including 100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards.


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