A British monthly not really set up for the American market
Apr 28, 2010
You can get "Cardmaking and Papercraft" much more cheaply than it is listed above--check their website at cardmakingandpapercraft.com. Each issue comes with a cardmaking freebie. For example, the April 2010 magazine came with a 'Bentley Bear découpage kit,' with directions, and the découpage sheets to make four 3-D cards.
Attached within the magazine were also four half-pages of double-sided Easter-theme paper (made from the same paper as the rest of the magazine). Unfortunately, I didn't get my April 2010 issue until three weeks after Easter.
I did make the Bentley Bear cards, and they are kind of cute. Of course, I supplied the base card paper, ribbon, and rhinestones. The only drawback with this kit and other card-making ideas in this magazine is that none of the greeting cards resulting from them will fit into standard-size American envelopes, e.g. A2, A7, and A9. Unless you plan to make your own envelopes or order them from Great Britain, you will need to resize the card designs (given in millimeters.)
I don't have a problem with the fact that this magazine's advertising and the supplies needed to make the cards are geared to British readers and British craft stores, since I almost always convert card designs in magazines and books to conform to whatever stock I have on hand. However, it's kind of annoying when the 'free gift' offers in the magazine come with a clause that states: "Sorry, gift available to UK subscribers only."
If you do want to use the same materials that the magazine editors used to create a particular card, each project comes with a 'Shopping List." I had to chuckle at some of the 'shopping lists' which ran to over $100 per card. However, with a few design changes most of the cards can be made with supplies on hand, if you have a die-cutting machine.
There are many contests within "Cardmaking & Papercraft" to inspire readers to mail in their own designs. Unfortunately for American subscribers, some of contests are deadline-dependent, and you probably won't even receive your copy of the magazine until after the deadline has passed.
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Elaine Lovitt (starmoth)
I'm a retired geek whose goal is to move to Discworld and apprentice myself to Granny Weatherwax. I have degrees in Astronomy and Computer Science, but was seduced by the Dark Side a few years before … more
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Every issue will feature beautiful new card designs and other inspirational papercraft ideas. Projects include occasional cards, handmade notelets, notebooks, bookmarks, bags and boxes, scrapbook ideas and special occasion albums.