A wealth of stylish ideas for making gift cards that are beautifully crafted and highly original, whatever the occasion. Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, Get Well, Good Luck and more: the variety of occasions on which a handmade card would be appreciated is endless!This book offers such a huge variety of design ideas that you will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to make. Paper and card make up the basic materials for creating gift cards, and the massive range of paper and card on the market is explored. In addition, there are so many tools and embellishments to choose from to make your card really special: beads, punches, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paper yarn, mikuhki cord, wire, gold leaf, and funky foam. Each technique is explored through a step-by-step project to make up a specific card for a particular occasion; variations cards are then featured. Handy tips feature throughout, inspirational gallery spreads plus advice on making cards to sell complete the book. Julie Hickey is a successful card maker, workshop tutor and author. She has been involved in running the Craftwork Card Club by post, which supplies over 1,500 members with materials, projects and newsletters. Julie also organised the Rubber Stamp and Card Makers Materials Show in Crawley, West Sussex, for the past two years. She is a regular contributor to Crafts Beautiful and Practical Crafts, and this is her second book. Julie lives with her husband and two sons in Horley, Surrey, England.