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Whether you love greeting cards or hate them, there are a few tricks to the trade. Here are five helpful hints that will make your card buying more effective and possibly even more fun!
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.
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DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).
- E-cards are actually charming. While the gesture isn't quite the same as your tangible paper occasion cards, e-cards are still a viable option. These days there are plenty of sites with engaging and funny e-cards. Try JibJab for instance to make a greeting with their famous “elf yourself” feature. Even some businesses are turning to e-cards at the holidays now because of the significant cost savings. Of course, e-cards can't replace everything-a tangible card should still accompany weddings, birthday gifts and condolences.
- Stash and save. Some high-end card shops (think Papyrus, Hallmark) give you a deal if you buy multiple cards. While you'll likely spend more than you expected, the buy 3 get 1 free deals can add up in your favor. Often these stores sell cards for $5 or more a pop-so that's a good deal.
- Buy out-of-season. Just like clothes, occasion cards have a season. One way to really get a deal is to shop the sale cards just after a holiday. Valentine's Day will come around again next year, so why not stock up now? You'll save money and really the card offerings don't change too much year to year.
- Make your own. Use sites like Michaels' invitations.michaels.com to create custom designs for every occasion. Another great idea is to make a set of prints containing inspirational quotes or that are blank inside. This way you can customize them all year round. Michaels also offers a variety of options for photos card designs for the holidays.
- Buy a set of blanks. This is a great trick if you find yourself in need of a unique card. While you can stock up on birthday cards, the other instances might call for a blank card: such as congratulations, get well soon, thank you and so on. Blanks are an easy way to say thanks to a friend or drop a personal note to someone you haven't seen in a while. The best part is, you can find boxed sets of blanks for a real bargain! This will save you money and time because you won't be running to the card store for every little occasion.
DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape
Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the color block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.
DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun
There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.