Here is a list of greeting card and card making books that I've checked out from the library to jump start new handmade card ideas.
Below are my own reviews of the different handmade card books and what I've found useful and utterly fantastic about each of these books.
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Handmade Greeting Cards for Special OccasionsBy Amanda Hancocks
I really enjoyed looking through this book for ideas - especially for her examples of using photographs with handmade cards. Hancocks has several great examples of how to incorporate photos onto handmade cards that are really quite fantastic and professional looking. Another element that she uses for her cards include paints, which I must start doing more.
There are card projects for beginners which I think are a little too easy; you can almost tell that she works best with more complex projects that include photographs and special embellishments.
I think the card making instructions in this book would be more appropriate for a semi-experienced paper crafter, but certainly anyone at any skill level could benefit from all the great ideas that she includes in this book.
Greeting Card Magic with Rubber Stamps
By Mary Joe McGraw
This is a beautiful book by Mary Jo McGraw who is certainly a true master at her craft. The images of her work in this book are truly eye candy!
She offers a lot of projects that are broken down into steps, but I really appreciated that she included an "idea gallery" at the end of each of her chapters. I just couldn't get enough of her greeting card designs, so I'm glad she added more pictures of her art even if they didn't have step-by-step instructions.
If you have a huge rubber stamp collection and have beautiful rubber stamp images that you don't know what to do with - definitely check out this book, it has some amazing ideas that are sure to get you stamping in no time!
PS: For all you nature lovers out there, McGraw has a chapter on "Natural Adornments" that is simply exquisite. It will make you want to run outside and start collecting leaves and twigs to add to your card design projects.
Greeting Cards Galore
By Mickey Baskett & Marci Donley
This card making book is pretty basic although there were a few nice looking collage cards that I liked. A lot of the card making ideas had full card templates where you can photocopy, color, and send out - which is nice.
I feel that making greeting cards should be more personal than simply copying and coloring -- although the title of the book is Greeting Cards Galore, not Handmade Greeting Card Galore, so I may be misspeaking in my review.
Although the amount of card templates available would be great for project involving kids as you can make multiple copies, so if you are looking for a way to spend the afternoon with the little ones and do arts, you should check out this book.