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Greetings Cards to Make and Treasure [Paperback]

Judy Balchin , Barbara Gray , Paula Pascual
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26 Oct 2009
Seven experienced craft authors show how to make simple and stunning greetings cards in a rich variety of themes: fairy cards, art nouveau, clear stamped, Celtic, oriental, Victorian, rustic, paper pierced and paper lace cards. The techniques simply explained and demonstrated include pen and wash, 3D decoupage, using pressed flowers, glass painting, using embossing powder, metal embossing, using polymer clay, rubber stamping and using clear stamps, using craft stickers, using chalks or alcohol inks, sewing beads on to cards, origami, using craft punches and quilling. The resulting projects are stunning, but the clear step by step photographs, templates for the designs and simple instructions make them achievable for card makers of all skill levels and there are dozens of beautifully photographed variations for more inspiration. Card makers looking for all kinds of different techniques will find something to inspire them here. This title uses material from: "Handmade Fairy Cards" 9781844483051; "Handmade Art Nouveau Cards" 9781844482092; "Handmade Clear Stamped Cards" 9781844482207; "Handmade Celtic Cards" 9781844482603; "Handmade Oriental Cards" 9781844482108; "Handmade Victorian Cards; 9781844482467; "Hand Painted Rustic Cards" 9781844482450; "Handmade Paper Pierced Cards" 9781844482474; and, "Paper Lace Greetings Cards" 9781844484072.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (26 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483945
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 20.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contains all kinds of different techniques to teach and inspire cardmakers. Seven experienced craft authors show you how to make simple yet stunning greetings cards in a broad variety of themes, including fairy, Celtic, art nouveau, oriental, rustic and paper pieced designs, to name just a few. There's also a huge selection of different techniques demonstrated within the pages such as decoupage, glass painting, metal embossing and using pressed flowers, embossing powder or polymer clay. Clear step-by-step photographs, templates for the designs and simple instructions make all the projects achievable for crafters of every level of experience.-Simply Cards & Papercraft Making your own greetings cards has become such a popular hobby in the past few years, and even some of the most unlikely places are selling supplies for this fascinating craft. Perhaps one of the best things about it-apart from seeing the looks on loved ones' faces when they see your creation-is that it is not one craft, but many. Buying books on all the different techniques costs a lot, so it is just as well that there are some compendiums on the market like this one. This book is filled with projects taken from several other books, mainly from the "Simple and Stunning" series. Several authors have contributed, and thus you can learn how to make cards not only using many methods and materials, but also in a range of styles. Art Nouveau, Oriental, Victorian, naive rustic art, fairies and florals are all covered, which ought to satisfy a large range of people, including some men and teenagers. You can learn through photographed and captioned staged projects how to come to grips with crafts such as paper piercing, paper tole, embossing on metal, working with polymer clays, painting and using computer clipart, to name a few. These cards are almost exclusively of the type aimed at general occasions such as birthdays, thank you, get well soon, etc, rather than specific festivals, and I only found one definite Christmas card. Given the date of this review and the book's publishing date too, I think that perhaps the best way to use this book is like the primer that it is. There are some excellent instructions in here and these ought to give even a comparative beginner the necessary skills to set to work on some more seasonal work. Of course, it would also make an excellent gift for any crafters on your shopping list.-Making Cards Greetings Cards to Make and Treasure is an excellent card making book. It is perfect for the rubber stamper who wants to learn more cardmaking techniques and, correspondingly, it is great for a cardmaker who wants to try new things. With such a wide range of projects and styles, it is unlikely that a reader will love every project in Greetings Cards to Make and Treasure, and with such a range of authors comes a diverse range of styles. If, however, a reader can see through any designs that are not to their taste and look for the potential in a technique then there is something to interest a keen crafter on every page. I think that this would be a great book and an eyeopener for someone who believes that 'cardmaking is boring'. While some of the techniques are suitable for beginners, I believe that the people who will get the most from Greetings Cards to Make and Treasure will be stampers and crafters with at least a little card making experience.-About.com This colourful title gathers together some of the best card projects from the 'Simple & Stunning' craft book series. With top designers including Barbara Grey, Joanna Sheen and Judy Balchin, you know you'll find a gorgeous card for every occasion. Card themes include Art Nouveau, Oriental, Celtic and Fairies, and there are designs for beginners and experienced crafters. Whether you fancy stamping, paper piercing or stitching, there's a project for you, with templates to help too.-Papercraft Inspirations With a seemingly endless array of card designs and techniques, this book is a papercrafter's delight. There's always a reason to send a card, and this book will help break you out of the humdrum with 15 techniques to choose from, plus 17 step-by-step projects with dozens of variations inspired by art nouveau, oriental, Victorian and other styles. For example: Discover how to use paper piercing designs, rub-on transfers and beads to add a bit of sparkle to a whimsical fairy princess card, as well as a wealth of ornate Valentines embroidered with gold thread Easy to trace templates make it a snap to paint sweet-as-can-be patchwork cards brimming with country charm Or try your hand at glass painting, quilling, origami, decoupage and even polymer clay to make something totally frameworthy There's even a complete chapter devoted to Celtic artwork, with cards featuring gold leaf, metal embossing and other special touches There are also fun ideas for working with rubber stamps, stencil and paper lace, plus all the templates, material lists, step-by-step instructions you'll need to make the kinds of cards sure to be treasured for years to come.-Crafter's Choice

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic card making projects. 25 Jan 2010
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I have to say, I bought this book because the cards on the front were just the kind of thing I would love to make, sadly only one of the cover cards was in the book as a project! (Thats the one in the bottom right corner in case you're curious) The other projects are pretty and nicely broken down into easy to follow instructions but you can't help feeling that they're selling this book on projects that are not even in there!If you are new to card making I would say this is a good starting point but otherwise I'd leave well alone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit fussy for me but good for techniques 2 April 2014
By Louise
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I bought this book as I have other by Judy Balchin which I have found really useful. This book, not so much. I wouldn't say it was suitable for a beginner but, it does give you lots of different techniques which you may not have tried.
Some if the cards are a little too over done and fussy for my taste but, I shall pick the ideas I like eg using grid patterns, weaving contrasting papers, using beads and the layering and design ideas. I doubt I would make any of the cards exactly as they are in the book.
If you are looking at trying different techniques this book might be for you, if you are looking for card design ideas maybe not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good addition to crafting library 3 May 2010
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I borrowed this book from the local library and liked it so much I have bought it. It has complimented my crafting library immensely and recommend it to all crafters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Card making 17 Jan 2010
I was disappointed with this book as I had hoped it would give more suggestions for cards than it did. It had been recommended as a good book for EASY card making but it is not the case as many of the projects require quite an advanced knowledge of techniques. Pretty to look through but not very practical.Wish I had saved my money and bought more stock instead!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of techniques for intermediate paper artists 18 May 2010
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an unusual papercrafting book in that it is not divided into sections strictly by techniques, but sometimes by thematic types. This came about because "Greeting Cards to Make and Treasure" is actually anthologized from the following books in the 'Simple and Stunning' series published by Search Press:

"Handmade Art Nouveau Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Judy Balchin (2007)
"Handmade Oriental Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Polly Pinder (2007)
"Handmade Celtic Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Paula Pascual (2008)
"Handmade Clear Stamped Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Barbara Gray (2008)
"Handmade Fairy Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Judy Balchin (2008)
"Handmade Paper Pierced Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Patricia Wing (2008)
"Handpainted Rustic Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Ruth Watkins (2008)
"Handmade Victorian Cards (Simple and Stunning)" by Joanna Sheen (2008)
"Joanna Sheen's Paper Lace Greetings Cards (Passion for Paper)" by Joanna Sheen (2008)

Many of the greeting card projects are lovely, but require complicated techniques and somewhat unusual materials, so I would recommend this anthology for intermediate paper artists.

For example, one particular technique that involved embossing colored metal foil took the project one step further by rubbing lighter fluid over the colored relief areas, leaving them silver. It gave the embossing a handsome antiqued patina.

I happen to own "Handmade Oriental Cards", so I checked to see if "Greeting Cards to Make and Treasure" contained the entire contents of the Pinder book. It does not. Out of the six projects in 'Oriental Cards,' there are four (Plum Blossom, Flowers and Sparrows, Formal Flowers, and Pine and Blossom) that did not make it into this anthology. Therefore, if you find yourself particularly enthralled by a particular section such as "Fairy Cards," you might want to purchase the book it was condensed from.

This book contains many color photographs, and the techniques are described step-by-step with both text and pictures. A list of tools and materials is also provided. Variations are also illustrated for most of the projects.

There is a short index at the end of this book, but is overprinted on a fussy background and is a bit hard to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book - gorgeous inspiration 3 Aug 2013
By D. Montano - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the color schemes used, was pleased with the look of the cards featured, the instructions seem detailed and the photos are in color.

I see the book as a book full of ideas that have various applications - even if you don't want to reproduce the cards exactly as the artist has done you should be able to take ideas and use them to create something unique and personal.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration plus! 3 Mar 2014
By Vicki Walters - Published on Amazon.com
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when looking through this book it's automatic inspiration! Lot's of awesome ideas and such a variety! I think anyone would find something they like in this book!
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