If you’ve been by the store lately, you know that we had a great turn out for the January Card Club! While we had different levels of crafters participate, most followed the guidelines to a ‘T’ and the cards were wonderful! If you’re participating in February, please, remember to use a Hero Arts stamp and embellish each of your cards. (see below)
There are always questions when we start a new project and we had few regarding Card Club. We figured if one of you asked, that there were probably a few of you who would like the same information.
If you don’t find the answers to your questions after reading the guidelines and this FAQ, please email us at
Read on for our Frequently Asked Card Club Questions!
What’s an embellishment?
An embellishment is an addition to the card that helps give it that “Wow!” An embellishment is something that can be seen and felt on a card. Examples include, but are not limited to baker’s twine, pins, fabric flowers, pearls, chipboard shapes, etc.
Here are a few examples of embellishments from our January Card Club:
Cupcake: This cupcake is die cut and “popped” up and then layered with the flower with the brad
Kisses: Kisses and sentiment are punched or cut out and “popped” up
Pink Ribbon: Gorgeous ribbon bow and liquid pearls add dimension
Rhinestone: Simple and easy to adhere
Brown Ribbon: Snipped ends and stapled on
Black Ribbon: Fibers knotted with a tag
Teacup: This teacup is adhered like a pocket and stands out
Items that do NOT count as an embellishment:
- Sprays or mists
- patterned paper (unless punched or cut out and “popped” up)
- Stickers (unless layered on chipboard or cardstock and “popped” up.)
Wish we could show all the great designs here on the blog…stop by the store to see all of the January cards before they’re moved!
Why should I participate?
Inspiration. Design ideas. Techniques. You can keep the cards as samples and use them as references for your own projects. It’s always fun to try new techniques and see where they lead you!
Of course, you could just add these to your card supply and use them. Who doesn’t love a handmade card?!
I’m new to making cards. Can I participate?
Yes! We have guidelines for our Card Club, so that even someone new to card making can participate! Take a moment to read over the guidelines and this FAQ. If you still have questions call, email or stop by the store!
If I missed January’s Card Club, can I still participate?
Can I only participate in one of the months?
Do I need to sign up to participate?
Feel free to participate when you want to…one month, two months or all the months; it’s up to you. We all have busy schedules, so participate when you can. Sign ups are not required. Check our Card Club schedule and make certain that you can meet the drop off date on the third Saturday of the month before close of business.
I don’t have any new Hero Arts stamps. Can I still participate in February’s Card Club?
Yes! If you don’t have a new Hero Arts stamp, feel free to stop by the store and get one. We’re certain that you’ll find something you like!
Of course, if you already own a Hero Arts stamp that you love, feel free to use it – no matter how old it is!
Do I have to use the Monthly Theme?
We would love for you to use our Monthly Themes! Please interpret the theme for your design. For instance, our Monthly Theme for March is “Spring into Easter!” Some ideas that come to mind are Spring, Easter, bunnies, chickens, flowers, blooms, green, pastels, rain, sheep, lamb, renewal, baskets, Peeps, chocolate…this is just to get you started!
Can I use my computer and print out my cards?
Yes and no. We welcome the use of your computer, but please limit its use to an embellishment that you have printed, cut out and “popped up” on your card, printing a patterned paper or for the printing of a sentiment.
However, you may not design and print out a card without following the guidelines, such as using 2 layers and an embellishment on each card.
Please note that our February Card Club theme is to use at least one Hero Arts stamp in your design.
Can I make a ‘gate fold’, slider or (insert type of card here)?
Of course! We welcome cards of any design as long as the finished card outside measurements meet the guidelines of 4.25” x 5.5” (this is an A2 size card.)
What’s a recipe?
We have all seen projects and thought, “Wow! I love what they used. I wonder what this is…”
A recipe is a detailed list of supplies that you used on your card listing, if you know it, the manufacturer and name of the product. You don’t have to list everything, such as ‘black cardstock’, but the specialty items such as names of papers, stamps, punches, designer brads, etc. Recipes can be printed, stamped or handwritten.
If you used a special technique, please list it, too! Remember, some of us are newbies and we all want to know, “How did s/he do it?”
If you would like, you may list your personal email here, too (no business information, personal email addresses only, please!)
Here’s an example of a recipe:
Paper: Bo Bunny Double Dots-Poppy, Core’dinations Gemstones-Moonstone
Stamps: Hero Arts-Musical Collage
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey; Memento-Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle-Twig Chipboard Shapes
Accessories: EK Success Border Punch-Retro Flower
Techniques: faux batik
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What do I do if I run out of (insert supply here) while I’m making my cards and don’t have enough for 10 cards?
We have all been there! Make substitutions, if needed, but try to stay as close to the design and colors of your original card, as possible.
What if I want one of each of the other cards for the month?
We can’t guarantee the number of participants every month, however, you are more than welcome to make more than one set of 10 cards. We ask that each set of 10 be of a completely different design. For example, we wouldn’t want to see the first set of 10 be a pink design and your second 10 to be the same design in blue. For each set of 10, one will be on display at the store and you will receive 9 cards back.
Do I need to put a sentiment inside the card?
No sentiments are required. If you have a sentiment that goes with your design, go ahead and use it!
When do I drop off/pick up my cards?
You can drop off cards any time prior to the due date of the 3rd Saturday every month before we close that day. If you finish your cards early, mark on the bag the month and theme and drop them off when it’s convenient for you!
The earliest the cards are available for pick up is the 4th Saturday of every month after 12:00pm. If you aren’t able to make it in that Saturday – no problem! Stop by when you can and let us know you need to pick up your cards!