I’ve noticed for quite a while now, and not necessarily Covid related, that the basic materials for my card making are becoming more and more scarce. This includes anything that says ‘Thinking of You’ and the 4 reels of double sided tape I used to buy for a pound. Padded stuff available now leaves more sticky stuff on the cutting tool than what can be used on the item being produced, so I have had to resort to pre-cut dots, squares and pads.
On the way back from the car dealership today, we went into The Range which was the first retailer we visited when I originally took an interest in card making way back in 2008.
That day, I spent over £60 and Hubby baulked at the checkout at my extravagance. However, the ‘ingredients’ for my new hobby worked out at being very cost effective, and has gone from strength to strength over the years.
Blank cards may not be as abundant in the 50 packs, but you can buy them in 10s, 12s or 25s with a price tag varying from £2.50 to £4.99. I personally like the scalloped edges and have those in a variety of sizes in either white or cream.
Sadly, it is the trimmings like those above that I am finding difficult to source now.
Even the pads of pretty patterned paper seem to be disappearing from the shelves, and the decoupage kits are no longer available. I have some in my box, but not that many now.
I did buy some more blank cards today so have plenty in reserve, and in thinking outside the box, bought a stencil of birds and flowers to try my hand at a different style and design, maybe attempting a stained glass effect or using pastels and coloured pencils. Free style drawing is definitely not my thing.
My current reserve box has a few cards in it, including the latest batch of Hello cards I did the other day. It will be interesting to see how my latest venture goes. I have lot of stickers and butterflies, and my Christmas stock is already purchased, so I still have something to keep me busy.