When I first started making cards, my cards were incredibly basic. Like one layer of card stock folded in half basic.

But as I made more and more cards, I figured out how to add layers and embellishments and make my cards a little bit more impressive.

I rarely spend more than a few minutes making a card, but now I know some quick & easy tricks to step up my cards. 


If you’re looking to take your cards from basic to “Wow, you made that?!?” these tips are for you!


Paper Sizes:
Misty Moonlight card base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4″
Misty Moonlight Embossed: 2-3/4” x 5-1/4”
Floral paper: 1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″
Circle Size: 2-3/8”

Tip #1: Emboss Your Backgrounds

Embossing folders are an easy way to add texture and design to your cards. The fact that a simple folder can emboss pretty patterns into my card stock in just a few cranks of a handle is like pure MAGIC!

If you have a Big Shot machine, check out my Big Shot Embossing Folder Tutorial.

Tip #2: Add Layers

Oh if only I had learned this little trick earlier. It’s so easy to add a card stock mat behind your main image or greeting and it really makes it pop.

My go-to mat size is 1/4″ larger in both length and width.

Tip #3: Add Embellishments

Ribbons and rhinestones and enamel shapes, oh my! Really the list of available embellishments you can add to your cards is endless. And there are plenty that you can use that won’t add too much bulk to your cards. I like to keep them simple so my cards will easily go through the mail without extra postage.


In this video, I’ll walk you through taking a basic card and stepping it up with the 3 tips I shared above… 

Paper Measurements for Panda Card in Video:
Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Bermuda Bay: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Whisper White: 2″ x 2-1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist: 2-1/4″ x 2-3/4″


What’s YOUR favorite way to step up your cards? Share in the comments below!

Happy Stamping!


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