Hey everyone, Jewelle here! As far as scrapping goes I have always had one foot stuck in the digi world and one in the paper world. I enjoy the wonderful dimension you can get from paper and the exactness you can get from digi. Those reasons are why I enjoy hybrid scrapping so much! I know that it can be intimidating to step from your comfort zone and dive into something new, but I know you can do it!. Today I’m sharing with you some hybrid card basics that will hopefully give a nudge to those of you who have been thinking about giving hybrid a try. I know some of you are asking “Why hybrid card basics and not just hybrid basics?” I think that card making is the easiest hybrid project to start with when diving into hybrid. Lets go over some basic supplies you need to make a card:
- Imagery software (Photoshop, PSE, GIMP, SBC, CraftArtist, etc)
- A pack of Kate’s doodles
- White cardstock or presentation paper
- Printer or access to a copy spot that prints color
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Optional: Pre-folded cards
- Optional: Adhesive(Gluestick, Dot Runner, etc)
Before we get to making that card lets talk about why you want/need the above supplies.
- Imagery software — From experience I can tell you that it is possible to create a card without imagery software. I can also tell you that it is very difficult to do and takes a lot more time! Having a software suitable for manipulating images makes the whole process easier. I use PSE which is a great beginner software to learn on.
- Kate’s doodles — I think that one is obvious!
- White cardstock or presentation paper — Both of these are good options to print on. Many hybrid scrappers will tell you they prefer presentation paper because when printing on cardstock your colors can be muted. I find this to be mildly true, but I don’t think your project is ruined or looks awful if you do use cardstock. I suggest just using what is readily available for your first project.
- Printer or access to a copy spot that prints color — If you are happy with your printer and the way it prints color then use it! If you don’t have a printer or your printer doesn’t print well, find a local copy spot. For my cards I usually print at home. However, I do send out to my local copy spot if I am making duplicates of a card, making a large hybrid project, or if I’m having a fight with my printer.
- Scissors or paper trimmer — Either of these instruments will work to create a card. Precision scissors are great if you want to cut out small details. Regular old scissors will work too! Paper trimmers work well for cutting out different sized papers in a quick and efficient way.
- Optional: Pre-folded cards — I buy these from my local scrap book store, or I make them out of cardstock. I always mount my card fronts on these type of cards because it saves me paper in the long run.
- Optional: Adhesive — If you are going to use pre-folded cards you will need an adhesive to stick the pieces together.
I know that was bit of information to throw at you, but just take a few minutes to review it and you’ll be ready to make a card. Do you have all your supplies ready? Lets discuss how get to a finished card. It only takes three steps!
1. Using Kate’s doodle pack create a card using your imagery software. For those of you who are digital scrappers just think of it as a photoless layout! I’ve used Bring on the Cake to create my sample below:
Now that wasn’t too hard was it? Go ahead and post your cards that you make in Kate’s gallery over at The Lilypad. I would love to see them! Next month I’ll be coming back and show you a few simple techniques that will take this same card from basic to advance! I hope to see you then!