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Top 5 Tips on Finding the Most Effective Card Ideas

Apr 25, 2008
Many businesses have come and gone yet there are equally as many businesses that stay behind and flourish. There could be many factors as to why others fail and some succeed. Aspects such as having sufficient capital, effective advertising, and even just liking what you are selling could spell success for some businesses.

Perhaps another reason is the constant and unending need for the products that are being sold. Such is the case with card-making businesses.

Cards have never gone out of fashion. Even, today, in a world where almost everything is dependent on the Internet, the card-making businesses have found ways to survive and even to thrive. Card-making can be a great business or it can be a hobby for any enthusiast. If you are one of those who are looking for simple yet effective card ideas, try these five uncomplicated steps:

1. First, find out the level you are in as a card maker. There are basically three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Once you get to categorize your card-making skills, there is so much information online which would be able to help you. For instance, there are downloadable software programs that would teach the first-timers on their venture. There are also a lot of Web sites that could help those who have concerns on making cards. Those who would like to improve their skills further could also benefit from most of these Web sites on card-making. Also, you should be able to point out whether you are doing it as a business or you are just doing it for fun.

2. Consider the occasions when the cards are going to be sent out. There are different designs for each occasion for example, Christmas cards are often adorned with glitters and all relevant objects such as the Eastern star, a Christmas tree, bells, hollies, mistletoe, reindeers, and Santa Claus. Birthday cards are designed differently according to the age of the recipient (younger children would love cards with animal origamis sticking out of the front page or cartoon characters saying the greetings while adults prefer more serious cards).. Graduation cards often have pockets for that extra money or check for the recipient, and many more card ideas.

3. Ideas for card designs can also be formulated once the character of the recipient is seriously considered. This means that the theme of the card should fit the overall description of the one who is going to receive it. For example, a lawyer would appreciate a card with quips or jokes on law. Also, the more artistic types would appreciate cards that have artworks as the front page. Religious people, of course, would be thankful to receive cards that express faith It is all about knowing the person and how he would react to the card that is going to be given.

4. Recycled materials are now highly appreciated by many individuals. First, being able to recycle materials helps the environment. Second, there are talented people who can turn what was once scrap into something more useful. Such is the case with cards which use recycled materials. Once the recycled paper is ready to use, think of the exact same ideas that you have come up with when using new materials. The basic thought here is, you get to greet someone even while saving the environment, now isn't that neat?

Aside from just the look of the card, it is also important to plan for the message that you are going to write within. Consider thinking of the pen that you are going to use (you would not want to be caught with ink blots), the writing style (consider using fountain pens and experiment with writing on different angles), and most important of all, the thought of the message. The card would be deemed useless if it is pretty and neat yet the message was not even carefully thought of.

These could be the five simplest ideas when it comes to making cards but they are also the most important. Card-making has always been thought to be difficult but once you know exactly what to do, it could be one of the most rewarding experiences once could go through.
About the Author
Cathy Kennedy is an expert in Card Making. If you would like to know how you can turn your card making hobby into a business visit http://www.cardmakingbusiness.com
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