Meet the expert
About the course
Make someone’s day by giving them a personal handmade card!
In America alone, 6.5 billion greeting cards are sent every year at a cost of around $7-8 billion, says the Greeting Card Association.
But how often do you find these cards aren’t exactly what you want? Or the message is too slushy?
Instead of wasting energy searching for a shop-bought card, invest your time in creating something beautiful. Our course equips you with the card making ideas, tools and skills you need to make your own cards for every occasion.
Imagine the sensation of designing a unique card for someone dear to you or be commissioned to sell your cards. You will be able to:
give a gift that will be treasured forever
enjoy ‘being in the moment’ as you put your mind and soul into card making
unleash your creative side which is great for your mental health
express yourself through your craft and celebrate your own uniqueness
By creating a handmade card, you will:
make people feel loved and cherished.
show you care enough to take the time to create something just for them when you could have sent a quick text instead
personalize every special occasion for the people in your lives.
When you make your own card, it has a positive impact on you and the person you send it to. That's a win-win.
After each module in our Creative Card Making For All Occasions video course, you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll be making cards as you learn! Start making wonderful cards now.
What you will learn
Your tutor is Alexandra Stapleton-Smith, who is passionate about papercrafts. Under her expert guidance, you will discover:
All the skills and tools you need to make your own Christmas cards, Valentine’s cards, birthday cards, and cards for every occasion
different types and sizes of paper for card making
basic card making tools you will need - and things you won't need
wide variety of inks to make your own cards
all about die cutting machines for creating different shapes for your cards
add extra pizazz to your cards using stamping techniques to create different effects such as 3D images or shadows
performing card making magic with stamp platforms to help you create precise images
At the end of each video module, you will have your own project to do. This is a hands-on course where you watch, learn and then create something beautiful and uniquely you.
International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.
Module 1: Cardstock Basics
- 1.1 Meet the Maker
- 1.2 Types of Cardstock
- 1.3 Cardstock Size and Weight
- 1.4 Basic Layer Sizes
- 1.5 Tips for Straight Layers
- 1.6 Project
Module 02: Basic Tools
- 2.1 Trimmers
- 2.2 Adhesives
- 2.3 Essential Tools
- 2.4 Different Types of Stamps
- 2.5 Let’s Stamp Some Things
- 2.6 Project
Module 03 : Ink Types
- 3.1 Dye Inks
- 3.2 Pigment Inks
- 3.3 Hybrid Inks
- 3.4 Specialty Inks
- 3.5 Embossing Inks
- 3.6 Distress Inks
- 3.7 Project
Module 04: Dies And Die Cutting
- 4.1 Exploring Dies and Die Cutting Machines
- 4.2 Die Cutting Machines
- 4.3 Electronic Cutting Machines
- 4.4 Exploring Embossing Folders
- 4.5 Project
Module 05: Stamping Techniques
- 5.1 Layering Stamps
- 5.2 Masking and Scene Building
- 5.3 Watercoloring with Ink Pads
- 5.4 Stamp Platforms
- 5.5 Emboss Resist
- 5.6 Final Project
Who is this course for
Everyone who loves giving special gifts handcrafted with love
People who want to be more creative or to unplug from a connected world
Anyone looking for a beautiful way to unleash their artistic side
Frustrated consumers who can’t find the right card in the shop or online and decide to make their own cards
Entrepreneurs seeking a profitable sideline or small card making business
Artists or crafters looking for a new niche in card making
People looking for a pleasurable hobby which is easy to start
Anyone looking for ways to be more creative or expressive should learn card making as a way of stretching their imagination
Parents, teachers or anyone working with children can use this course to teach card making for kids
Party planners or wedding planners can add card making to the services they offer
Photographers or artists can turn their works of art into beautiful cards
How will it help me
Be more confident as a card maker by using new techniques and card making tools
Learn from the talent and experience of our passionate crafter Alexandra
Experiment with different types of paper, inks and styles to put your unique stamp on the world of card making
Find a new way to switch off and unwind as you become absorbed in making your own cards
During each module, you’ll be producing your own works of art through the instructions in these bite-size easy-to-follow videos
Set up your own business selling handmade cards
Sell handmade cards at craft fairs or online
Use your artistic card making skills to complement your existing work as a party planner or wedding planner, for example
Teach card making for kids or craft groups
After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.
All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36).