And why not? It's a perfect transition. Scrapping materials are a lot of the same materials you use for making cards: cardstock, patterned papers, scissors, paper trimmers, glue, tape, stickers, stamps, ribbons.. the list goes on and on!
In fact, I would be willing to bet that if you are already a scrapbooker and have a supply of tools for your hobby, that you can find a use for every single one of your scrapping tools in your card-making.
If you don't believe me, take a look below. I have listed the top tools used to scrapbook and some ideas for each of those tool specific to making cards.
This one is pretty obvious. The heavy cardstock you use for your paper base can be cut down to make the base of your card.
Patterned paper is great, no - make that necessary for layering your cards. And it's one of my favorite tools of all for my cards. It is such an easy way to add color and interest to a card. You can use it as a simple layer, tear it, cut it into shapes, use it to create borders and frames. It is very versatile!
Well of course you can use stickers on your cards! They make great additions to your card design and letter can be used to spell out a word on your card front. Use those letters to spell out "Thanks" or "Miss You" instead of as a page title.
Just as stickers make great additions to your cards, die cuts being an extra element of fun to the mix. A beautiful die-cut present makes a nice centerpiece for a birthday card. Or maybe a pretty dress could be a part of the design for a wedding card.
Ribbons aren't just for hair these days! In fact all of those ribbons you might be using to add touches to your scrapbook pages can be used much the same way on a card. Ribbons soften up a card and give it that extra 'girly' touch. You can tie a ribbon onto a tag, run it across the middle of a card to create a border, or tie a pretty bow to polish off your card. And with so many types and colors you are sure never to get bored.
Another tool that's not just for hair! (Just kidding, make sure you see a professional stylist for all hair cutting needs!) Scissors serve a critical function for cutting paper, trimming elements, chopping down ribbons and string. Decorative scissors can add a pretty border to a card - my favorite scalloped edge scissors get regular use both in my scrapbook pages as well as my greeting cards.
Ah, the rubber stamp. My joy; my love. Many paper crafters find that rubber stamps are an invaluable tool for their hobbies. They are so versatile and they can be used over and over again - unlike a sticker. Letter stamps can be used to spell out a word. Image stamps can be used to add pictures to your cards, and you can color them in for even more of a 'wow'.
There is a whole section on this site devoted to rubber stamping in cards. Definitely give it a look!
Yes, I realize it's more than just a scrapping tool. But keep in mind that all of the things you currently use your printer for can be applied to your card making as well.
Fonts can be used to make sayings for the front and inside of your cards.
Words and clip-art can be used as elements in your card design.
And if you are into digital scrapping, you can take all of those same tools and use them to make cards instead!
Glue and adhesives
How else are you going to hold your beautiful creation together!
I could go on and on, but the key here is to remember you can easily use any scrapbook tool for your card making. It's so easy!