I have had this book for two month's now and have read it from cover to cover on a daily basis. I have learnt so many new techniques to help with my hobby. I found the project section clear to follow and understand and once i sat down to do a project i just kept going until i had done them all. The next day i was so inspired that i made another batch of cards but varying the projects and adding my own details. I was so pleased when i noticed another book by Sarah Beaman, that i ordered it straight away and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. These books by Sarah Beaman are must have books for card makers.
What can i say, this is an excellent book. As a card making fanatic i've bought numerous other books but never managed to find exactly what i was looking for. This book is straight to the point, easy enough for first time card makers but challenging enough for amateurs. Over 100 different techniques that you can incorporate into your own designs plus 20 super projects to get your ideas flowing. A must have for any card makers!
In this book the author touches on several techniques for the novice and the curious. The book could either be viewed as fairly comprehensive or pretty basic, depending on the readerÕs own level of skill and experience. I found it interesting (and in some cases enlightening!) whilst Ôhaving a goÕ is often the best way to get proficient at a new technique, it is sometimes an expensive way of finding out how to use a material, a tool or produce an effect seen elsewhere or heard about second-hand. Included are chapters on making card blanks (choosing card, measuring, cutting, apertures and inserts), making envelopes and techniques for decorative edges for cards, thereÕs also a section with tips on attaching and sticking ÔbitsÕ to your card using different mediums. Different techniques are each given their own chapters, learn how to decorate your own paper, transfer images, use stencilling & printing, spraying & stamping, stitching, using fabric & ribbon, punching & piercing, collage, embossing (both dry and with heat), using glitters, wire, foil and gilding, making 3D cards É. and (phew!) so much more! For each project (25 in all) there are templates to trace or copy Ð which I thought was a great idea! What I liked most about this card-making reference book is that not only is it easy to dip in and out of, but the step by step pictures and straight-forward instructions for each technique and project and take the Ôintimidation factorÕ out of trying something new. GREAT!