The end of December is always a great time to reflect back on the year so today I’ve rounded up my Top 10 Card Making Ideas of 2018. 

These card making ideas are my blog posts that were most read and videos that were most watched in 2018 and include a variety of fun card making ideas that you could try today!!

Or keep this post handy for reference throughout 2019 as you make time for creating.

Unlike Letterman’s lists, I’ve started with the most popular!

1) How to Make One Sheet Wonder Cards

If you’ve been hoarding pretty papers, you’ll find this top ten list includes a number of different ways to use them starting with a video showing you how to make one sheet wonder cards (that’s taking ONE sheet of pretty paper and turning it into a STACK of cards) along with a template so that you can make cards with your pretty papers.

Watch the video here: and give it a try!

2) Quick Cards with 12×12 Pretty Papers

Another way to use your pretty 12×12 papers is to cut them up into 3″ x 4″ rectangles. You’ll be able to make TWELVE cards from ONE sheet of pretty paper!

You can make all of your cards the same OR you can mix up the layouts because there are a number of different ways that you can use 3×4 rectangles on your cards.

Watch the video & see more card layouts here:

3) Southern Serenade Cards

In 2018 we said goodbye to a number of Stampin’ Up! colors (like Perfect Plum & Elegant Eggplant used here), but you could make a Sympathy card like this in any colors you’d like.

Get tips for making this card and SEVEN more similar cards here:

4) Rainbow Color Block Background for Cards

Rainbows are all the rage so here’s a fun way you can incorporate them into your card making.

See how to make Rainbow Color Block Backgrounds for your cards here:

5) How to Make Cute Boxes in Many Sizes

Okay so this isn’t a card making idea, but this video is a great reminder to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! Stretch your supplies by using them in new and different ways.

Here I’ll show you how to use the Lots to Love dies to make cute boxes in MANY sizes!

Think outside the box about how you could use this idea with other supplies you have!

(P.S. The Lots to Love dies can currently be found in my Clearance Rack!)

6) 3 Easy Ways to Add Ribbon to your Cards

Ribbons come in so many different colors, sizes, fabrics and patterns. But how do you use them on your cards? 

Here are 3 Easy Ways:

7) How to Reink Your Ink Pads

Stretch the life of your ink pads by adding more ink! It’s easier than you think but this video includes some tips and tricks to get the best results:

Tip: I always recommend purchasing an ink refill when you purchase a new ink pad. Colors change so you want to be sure to get an ink refill in the correct color while you can!

8) Make the Same Card in Different Colors

Once you’ve made a card you like, why not make the same card in a variety of colors!

This is a great handmade birthday card idea for mom, sisters, teachers, friends & more.

Watch the video with stamping tips here:

Then give this technique a try by making a bunch of the same card in different colors. (A set of these makes a great gift!!)

9) Tips for Using Embossing Paste

Think embossing paste is too messy? Think again!

In this video, my daughter Rachel will show you how easy it is to use embossing paste to add a little texture to your cards:

10) Quick & Easy Masculine Cards

Can you ever have enough ideas for masculine cards? In this post I give you some quick tips for making cards for men: along with a video showing you how to make a quick & easy masculine card.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas and that they inspire you to make more cards in 2019.

Which idea was your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a Happy New Year!



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