Whether you’re a bit behind on your holiday to-do list or a professional procrastinator like me, card kits are an easy way to get some handmade fun in your holiday without the time suck.
I usually build the layers with foam squares to add dimension to the designs, but most card kits don’t have many embellishments and stuff. I like to give them a little bit of extra sparkle, too!
So, here are five ways you can add some interesting finishes to your cards that came as part of a kit.
Oh, and the kit I used for these cards today is one of the latest holiday releases from Simple Stories.
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This is probably the easiest way to add interest or bring all the elements of a card together. My favorite ink to use for white is Copic Opaque White. Even with a small amount of water, it stays nice and bright over dark colors. Dab a bit on your craft mat, add water and swirl your favorite paintbrush to pick up the pigment. Tap off some splats over your project, and voilà – “snow”!
Adhesive Gems or Enamel Dots
Next up, adhesive embellishments. You can use rhinestones, gems, metallics, or enamel dots to highlight your project. I found some super nice gold dots for this card that worked perfectly for decorations on the plain tree diecut.
Another great way to add some shine to your cards is glitter glue. It’s a lot less messy than traditional glitter. I know the finish is different, but I think it’s a fair trade-off for a card that doesn’t shed everywhere. Trust me, the recipient with thank you! Below, I used clear-on-clear glitter glue from Nuvo for the “frost” on the branches.
Sequins are perfect for adding sparkle to a card without any bulk. They come in so many shapes and sizes that it’s easy to find something to match your project. I like to use sequins for cards that are going through the mail system. They are much more likely to arrive undamaged! If you use cupped sequins instead of the flat style (like the snowflakes on my card), be sure to adhere them with strong glue, like Glossy Accents.
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Speaking of Glossy Accents and its great glue properties, it also makes for a lovely touch of embellishment. I highlighted all the lights on this card so they would stand out and shine. You really can’t go wrong with a tried and true like Glossy Accents. It’s especially amazing as water droplets!
And there you have it! Five easy ways to customize cards from a card kit. Of course, there are lots more decorations you can add, too! You’re only limited by your imagination… and the strength of your adhesive.
Best wishes this holiday season!
Niki Coursey is from Texas, US. Niki has been writing for TPC since 2022. Niki started paper crafting in 2014 and she mostly makes cards and do some quilling projects. Her paper projects are often made in Clean and Simple or an Artsy style.