When I could no longer crochet and knit without pain, I so needed to find something else I could do with my hands.
I’ve always been a creative person and I wanted to craft for many reasons, mainly for healing from PTSD but also to have fun.
I used to make greeting cards digitally and most of my artwork was done digitally too. I still run Kim’s Studio Art where I showcase and sell my wall art. However, I wanted to work with my hands.
I knew I needed a craft that I could complete rather quickly. Crochet and knit can take a long time especially if you have a handicap. I needed some kind of instant gratification.
One day I was browsing YT and I found out about handmade greeting cards. I began following cardmakers like Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. Soon, I started making cards.
After that, I joined this wonderful paper crafting community and learned so much about cardmaking. This would lead me to open a 2nd Etsy shop where I sold hundreds of cards my first year.
However, two years later sales dwindled and because I can’t devote full time to the craft, I couldn’t keep selling so I closed the Etsy shop. I tried eBay for short while but eventually my cardmaking would transition to a ministry rather than a business.
I believe I’ve made a total of 400+ cards but I tried to pick out the ones that I liked best from several categories like: (a) birthday, (b) friendship, (c) encouragement, (d) thank you and (e) sympathy and get well.
When I define my particular cardmaking style, I tend to lean to CAS (clean and simple). I focus on a background with some kind of design and I’ll add a sentiment and some embellishments. I’m not really great at coloring or making scene cards.
My favorite techniques are using Alcohol inks, watercolor splash and pattern papers. I love layering cards with vintage designs.
I also love to color stencils and die cutting. It’s also fun to take strips of colored cardstock to create backgrounds for cards.
There’s so many techniques for creating handmade cards and it is something I’d never get tired of.
I began sharing my cards on IG and FB and the community is so kind, supportive and I’ve met new crafty friends.
I never thought that I’d love crafting with paper as much as yarn but I was wrong. I’ve had so much fun and when I give a card away, it feels so good.
There’s so many new companies coming out selling stamps, dies, stencils and tools with new designs every month. It can be tricky trying to keep up, however it’s a reminder that this craft is going away anytime soon, at least I hope not!