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Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:01 pm
by nothings_shocking
Does anyone on here make their own cards??
I do it just for a hobby but then a friend and I decided to have a card party. Soooo the card party was last night and I sold 11 cards!! Am very pelased.
I'm got orders totaling up to 28 cards which is great news for me.
Just wanted to see how many crafty people were on the forum! :)

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:03 pm
by snail
I've never done it. Is it fairly easy? Where would you get the materials? How do the costs compare with shop-bought?

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:23 pm
by captainf
My ex used to (and possibly still does) make cards too. They looked really nice.

Good luck with making the cards. Well done on selling 11 and gaining so many orders. :) You're talented.

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:46 pm
by peecee
I LOVE hand-made cards! They're more expensive to buy than ordinary greeting cards, but well worth the extra. Good on yer, gal! :P

Why don't you post some piccies of your cards, hun, so we can tell you how clever you are. :D

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Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:19 pm
by nothings_shocking
snail - They are really easy to make. Once you've made one you're really proud of it makes you feel more confident and sets the artistic flair going! You can get many things from a craft shop, ebay, papercraft websites anything just use your imagination. I've kept ribbon from a box of chocolates and used it on a card as it was so decorative. They can be expensive it depends on how much you can get your materials for. I'm a bargain hunter so try to get good quality things at low price so that keeps the prices of my cards down. I charge £1 for my cards but for me I think they are worth it! (biased or what?! :roll: )

Thank you captain! you always know the right things to say!!

Seeing as you've asked peecee... Here's a link http://www.facebook.com/#/album.php?aid ... =506957954
Now be nice lol. Well we had the party and people commented on how nice the cards looked and seemed to think the price was good! So I'm happy. Have spent tonight making cards... 5 altogether. Just nice to have a hobby that keeps me out of trouble!! O:)

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:33 pm
by peecee
Hun, they're lovely - well done! =D>

Actually, when you start to pick up steam, I think you should look at your prices again. I would expect to pay about £2.50 for a card, and I buy mine from cheapo book shops on special offer!

I just checked a website to get a more accurate idea, and they were quoting £4.95 - £5.50 per card! :o

That's the price of a really big tub of ice cream... :wink:

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:35 pm
by snail
I agree. £1 is cheap for a card by any standards, even though cards cost less than they used to.

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:38 pm
by peecee
Snail, I think n_s needs a couple of managers, don't you...? :-k

Can we think of anybody suitable? :wink:

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:36 am
by snail
My terms are a chocolate bar a day :wink:

Actually, both my father and my ex-mother-in-law make their own cards, but not in this way - they are both artists, and have their paintings scanned and put on to cards. My father uses this mostly to make nice personal gifts (and to show off his work and get commissions :wink: ) but my ex-mother-in-law used to sell hers as a commercial venture. She painted attractive local scenes in a easy, popular way that appealed to most people, and for those who couldn't afford her actual paintings a nice card of one was a good alternative. She attended craft fairs and did very well, particularly near Christmas.

Re: Handmade Cards

PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:30 pm
by nothings_shocking
I have just sold 8 more cards today for £10! Yayyyyy. :P I think £2.50 is too much for a card. I like to buy in bulk, this makes the card cheaper... I'm still making a little profit on selling the cards on for £1 each. Peecee if you're paying £2.50 then I think you need to place your order with me :P
For me it's not about making a profit, it's about funding a hobby that I have and it just gives me back money to buy more materials.
My friend and I are thinking that we might have a Christmas stall next year full of cards...
snail, sounds like a brilliant idea!!!