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Cardmaking Essentials: Thank You Cards

Create smile-inducing cards while learning essential techniques every cardmaker should know.
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Create smile-inducing cards while learning essential techniques every cardmaker should know.


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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01: Introduction

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.

2 min
Border Punches & Flowers

02: Border Punches & Flowers

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.

19 min
Paper Flowers & 3-D Embellishments

03: Paper Flowers & 3-D Embellishments

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!

18 min
Dry Embossing & Die Cutting

04: Dry Embossing & Die Cutting

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!

22 min

05: Stamping

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!

32 min
Heat Embossing

06: Heat Embossing

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.

16 min

07: Stenciling

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.

22 min