Easy Greeting Cards from Better Homes and Gardens is choked full of wonderful quick and easy card ideas as well as techniques and patterns. The book includes 192 pages full of 220 cards ideas, over 40 patterns and step by step technique photos. The chapters are separated into different occasions from holidays to birthdays, wedding and baby. Scattered through out the book are great basic techniques including how to heat emboss, masking with chalks, how to set an eyelet, using watercolor pencils, letterpress and paper piecing. You’ll find samples using stickers , rub ons, chipboard, pattern papers, cardstock, ribbon and more. This book is perfect for beginners or for more experienced paper crafters who are looking for quick card ideas.
My favorite part of the book are the full size patterns included in the back of the book. There are tips on how to use these patterns with acetate to make great templates to use again and again. I made my deer and tree card using two of the patterns, I traced them onto pattern papers and made a lovely forest scene.
For my other card I used scraps (you know I love to use up those scraps) and simply cut strips of papers in different widths to form a Christmas tree, I added punches circles for ornaments and a punched star to top it off. Both cards were really quick and simple (and used supplies I already had on hand) but turned out really cute, don’t you think?
Easy Greeting Cards is available from Wiley publications and retails for $19.99
By Heather Holbrook