I was thinking about how long I have been a cardmaker last night as I was writing in my journal. It’s going on a year and my journey to where I am was a rocky one at best. I knew almost nothing about making 100% handmade cards from scratch. I say that because the cards I made were on my computer. I had software that I could design the card using templates and themes with pretty fonts and then I’d print and fold them, done! But, after I stopped crocheting and was looking for something else to do, I revisited cardmaking but this time doing everything with my hands not using the computer.
But, where to start? I went to YT first. I’m not sure how I was led to the crafters I follow, I guess I just watched a bunch of videos until a stumbled onto someone that I could relate to their style of teaching. I began to have success making my first few cards after watching a bunch of videos from Jennifer McGuire and Maymay Made It. You’ll find a lot of my handmade cards in my Etsy shop!
However, I still needed direction and when I learned more about monthly card kits I thought that might be the direction to go. Jennifer uses a lot of brands for her cards but Simon Says Stamp was the name that kept coming up a bunch. I made my first purchase through her recommendation and I really like Simon’s products so I kept buying from them plus their shipping times are close to Amazon Prime which I love. Of course, I love a bunch of crafty companies but I had had more experience with Simon and their customer service so I decided to subscribe to their monthly card kit. I signed up in March of this year and so far I’ve gotten two kits. I really like the contents cause they contain stamp sets, pattern papers, envelopes, cardstock and sometimes there’s embellishments like stencils, Nuvo drops or other supplies such as adhesives to play with. For example, their May kit will introduce me to Alcohol Pearl Inks which I have avoided up to now (out of pure intimidation!) Nevertheless, this gives me a lot to explore plus they give you inspiration ideas from the design team on their blog, emails and inside the kit. I also subscribe to their YT channel to see sneak peaks of each upcoming kit + I like to watch their card video tutorials.
Getting more familiar with Simon led me to other brands such as: WPlus9, Gina K. Designs, Concord and 9th, Pink Fresh Studio and Pretty Pink Posh. So, if you’re looking to break into this industry, I do recommend subscribing to a monthly card kit but keep in mind that everyone crafts differently so picking a company to go with, I believe, is a personal choice. I went with Simon because I had built a trust with them as a loyal customer.
My advice for determining what monthly card kit to sign up for, it would be to consider these two points:
- Pick a company whose products you like and have had success in using. This way you’ll always look forward to your kit each month cause you already like using their products. Also, if the company is super nice to their customers and respond quickly that’s a bonus; and
- Cost. Look at the price + the shipping and see if you can add it to your monthly budget. Also, most of these kits below give you an option to unsubscribe or skip a month if you want to. There’s no contract, you’ll just need to follow the company’s directions if you want to stop your subscription or skip a month.
Below is a list of the monthly card kits I know about with links to learn about each one (the prices may not include their s/h cost):
|Simon Says Stamp – $29.99 + s/h|
|Hero Arts – Plans start at $34.99|
|Spellbinders – $35|
|Tonic Studios – $39.99|
|Maymay Made It Stamp Club – there’s two subscription clubs to join both of which you get a new stamp set each month + sign up for the loyalty program where you’ll get 15% off selected products (some restrictions apply)|
My next post will be a lineup of crafters I think you should follow so stay stunned for that!