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 2020. 

These card making ideas are my blog posts that were most read and videos that were most watched in 2020 and include a variety of fun card making ideas that you could try today!

Or keep this post handy for reference throughout 2021 as you make time for creating. Better yet, save it to your favorite Pinterest board for later!

1) How to Mix & Match Your Patterned Papers

This quick and easy tutorial shows you how to easily mix & match all of your pretty patterned papers!

Get tips for mixing up your pretty patterned papers here:

2) Embossing Tips for Heat Embossing and Embossing Folders

Did you know there are two kinds of embossing? In this tutorial I go over two different types of embossing and share tips on how to do both of them!

Watch the how-to video with embossing tips here:

3) How to Sponge a Circle on a Card

It’s amazing what you can do with a simple stamping sponge and a few ink pads! In this fun tutorial I show you how to use stamping sponges to spruce up your handmade cards.

Learn how to use stamping sponges here:

4) Interlocking Gatefold Card Tutorial

There’s nothing like a creative card fold to impress your friends and family… especially the ones that make cards themselves. In this video I show you how to create this unique gatefold card!

Learn how to make a gatefold buckle card here:

5) Learn How To Stretch Your Dies

Sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Often if you look beyond the given shape of a punch or die you can see MULTIPLE different ways to use it, and in this tutorial, I show you how to do just that!

Learn how to stretch your dies here:

6) Fun Fold Valentine Cards

I was blown away by how much you all loved these fun fold Valentine card ideas! This video tutorial was shared over and over again.

Grab some ideas for this year’s Valentine cards here:

7) Quick & Easy Cards with Double-Sided Patterned Papers

Do you have any double-sided papers that both sides look good together?

Here’s how you can use them to make quick & easy cards!

Here’s how to make easy cards with double-sided patterned papers:

8) Big Shot Tutorial: How to Use Embossing Folders

Embossing folders are an easy way for you to take your handmade cards from nice to WOW! They add texture and design to your card stock and are available in a wide variety of designs. In this tutorial, I show you how to use different types of embossing folders with your Big Shot so you’ll know how to make your Big Shot sandwich for each type of folder for great results every time.

Watch the video & find the how-to instructions here:

9) Tips for Lining Up Paper

I frequently get asked how I line up my paper pieces so nicely when I make a card, so I made a list of tips for lining up your layers of paper, along with a few card ideas to inspire you!

Learn my top tips for lining up your paper here:

10) Handmade Valentine Card Ideas + How to Make a 5×7 Card

Who doesn’t love a good handmade Valentine card? I know I do!

And why make it regular size when you can SUPER SIZE it!

Get more DIY Valentine card ideas & learn how to make a 5×7 card here:×7-valentine-cards/


I think it’s safe to say 2020 was all about embossing, fun fold cards, and simple card making tips 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas and that they inspire you to make and send more cards in 2021.

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

Have a Happy New Year!


p.s. Don’t forget to pin this card making idea list for later!


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