Introduction to Card Making

Introduction to Card Making

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Introduction to Card Making – Sydney Course

Everyone loves to receive a handmade card. This course will help you get started on creating a range of stunning cards made from scratch for your family and friends. Card making is something anyone can do! You do not need to be skilled at drawing, painting or calligraphy; there are stamps to suit any occasion, and wonderful ranges of papers, inks, tools and embellishments that mean the only limit is your own imagination.

You will learn about some of the basic rules of colour, and how the principles and elements of design help to create guidelines for cards that work every time.

With an understanding of principles such as balance, pattern and texture, you will be able to unleash your creative side and create cards that show a bit of your personality and flair. Even when we start with a common design, projects often evolve to reflect their creator – YOU!

You will get familiar with the basic tools essential for card making, such as cardstock, adhesives and various cutting tools. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of basic techniques with these materials, such as accurate trimming, folding and scoring.

Once you have mastered these basics, you will move on to techniques such as stamping and blending with inks, colouring with watercolour pencils, fussy cutting, masking, and heat embossing.

You will also have the chance to play with different types of embellishments, whether commercially produced (such as ribbons or bradlets), or handmade using more advanced tools such punches and die cutting machines.

This course is for the complete beginner. After completing this course, you can move onto our Christmas Card Workshop or Christmas Card and Wrap Workshop to develop your skills and create themed cards.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Design

Elements of design
Principals of design

  • Workspace, health and safety
  • Materials

Printed Papers
Specialty Papers

  • Colour Palette

Types of Ink
Pencils, pens and markers

  • Tools

Basic Tools
Trimmers & blades
Rubber stamps
Colour tools
Punches and Die Cutters

  • Basic techniques

Manipulating paper – cutting, scoring, folding
Matting & mounting
Punching & die-cutting
Ink Blending

  • Embellishments

Ribbons, tapes & twines
Paper flowers
Metal charms & bradlets
Embossing powders

Course Outcome

At the end of the course, you will have discussed the basic rules of colour, and learned about principles and elements of design such as balance, pattern and texture. You will have an understanding of how all these elements can be brought together to produce handmade cards that look great every time.

You will be familiar with essential materials for card making such as cardstocks, inks and embellishments, and be able to handle the common tools required for papercrafts, such as adhesives, blades, blending tools, punches and decorative elements.

You will be able to perform basic techniques with these materials and tools, including cutting, stamping, colouring and embellishing, and have experienced
more advanced techniques such as blending with inks, colouring with watercolour pencils, fussy cutting, masking, and heat embossing.

What to bring

All course notes, tools and materials provided.


This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered in a classroom, with each student having their own workspace.
There may be dedicated work stations for shared tools such as heat guns or die cutting machines