The first step in deciding what type of papers are to be used is to decide on the theme of the card project. The categories are determined by the events of everyday life, holidays and occasions. For instance, birthday cards for women are usually festive with bright, happy colors. The embellishments or other elements are cupcakes, party hats and flowers. In contrast, Halloween cards traditionally feature dark colors such as black, purple and brown. The images for these cards are usually ghosts or witches.
The various papers, vellum, mulberry, crimped, textured, cardstock will “fit” the style of the card you will make. There are many paper companies available for crafters. A few popular ones are Die Cut With A View, Basic Gray, Recollections and Brazzill Basics. In my next installment of PaperCrafting 101 we will talk about sketches.