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Making Greeting Cards with Creative Materials [Paperback]

Maryjo McGraw , Sherrill Kahn
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January 2002
Best-selling author MaryJo McGraw's newest book showcases how to create imaginative and artistic greeting cards from innovative materials. In this book, she branches out beyond her rubber-stamping roots to deliver to readers a whole new world of creative card making. Paper crafters, collage artists, weekend crafters and rubber stampers now can create unique greeting cards, announcements and invitations with beautiful papers and fanciful embellishments. A wide array of papers from around the world, amazing fabrics, ribbons, mica chips, foils, feathers, yarns, wax, embossing powders, store-bought tags, and many household and hardware store items comprise the list of interesting and unusual materials McGraw adopts for card-making purposes. Readers will also find: * An overview of basic folds and sizes of greeting cards * Information on weights, grains and varieties of paper and suitable adhesives * 8 basic card-making techniques demonstrated with corresponding step-by-step projects * Projects suitable for beginners and experienced crafters alike * Projects that can be completed in under an hour, some in ten minutes * A resource guide full of stores, magazines and web sites to help locate the materials used in the book Blending fun and "user-friendliness" with variety and creativity, McGraw encourages the reader to go beyond basic greeting cards to design one-of-a-kind projects.

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MaryJo McGraw has written three books for North Light: Creative Rubber Stamping Techniques, Greeting Card Magic with Rubber Stamps and Making Greeting Cards with Rubber Stamps (Over 75,000 sold!). She is a rubber stamp artist and demonstrator employed by JudiKins Rubber Stamp Co. She lives in Whittier, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy art! June 7 2004
I like crafting very much. Greeting cards hold an especially dear place in my heart and I love to make them constantly. Just about everyone I know has received at least one homemade greeting card from me at one time or another. So yes, I'm always on the lookout for new books on the subject. This one, I have to say, is great!
It has innovative projects rnaging from the colorful, really creative ones to subtler, more elegant ones. There really is one for everyone and the instructions are very clear, detailed and, simple to follow. No crafter, regardless of skill, will have any trouble completing any of these cards.
The authors did a great job of writing this book. Also worthy is the creative use of rather unusual materials (for a card at least). I've been working with paper for a long time now and it still helped move some things inside of me which helped me come up with a whole set of new ideas on how to work and what to do. The pictures are great, you'll enjoy them and they'll inspire you to create some new, totally different projects of your own.
This is one book you'll definitely enjoy.
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By A. Ryan
The first word that came to mind when I saw the projects in Making Greeting Cards with Creative Materials was "artsy". The next word was "collage". I think those two concepts neatly sum up the style and involvement level you can expect from this multimedia craft book.
Author MaryJo McGraw is clearly an experienced artist who has explored many techniques, but whose first love is obviously the paper arts. Although this is a book on greeting cards, there were a lot of projects that would work on a different scale for other purposes, such as embellishing scrapbooks; and many of them could be frame able art in their own right. The designs and color choices reflect rich, muted tones and multilayers of materials such as fibers, charms, gold leaf, wires, inks, watch pebbles, beads, punches, stamped papers and photos. Often the card shapes and closures are not the standard rectangular format. The processes are carefully explained and illustrated as though to first-timers, but the results will make you look like a terribly sophisticated artist.
If you're hoping for ideas that would make for good quantity mailings such as invitations, be aware that most people would probably not have the time or money to make these cards in bulk: these are complex labors of love that are definitely not suited to mass production. Never once did I read a suggestion that the reader purchase ready-made embellishments or stickers, because the emphasis here is on handcrafting rather than time efficiency. For the crafter who has special, personal sentiments to express however, these are the ideal medium for that individual touch to the recipient.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandslam July 2 2002
I don't know how the woman does it, but MaryJo McGraw has produced another winner. One might think that by the fourth book, her ideas and designs might be repetitive, but McGraw's latest foray into the seemingly overly crowded subject of "greeting cards" shows that the well is still quite full.
The title says it all and the paper artist/craftsperson who is looking to expand their skill and designs they will be pleased with the concepts that McGraw presents in this well illustrated and clearly written guide. She takes you beyond rubber stamps and beyond cute...many of the designs are just downright art but on a smaller canvas. More than a few of the cards are just...well, they are just too cool for words.
If you want to make cards just out of your rubber stamps, don't buy this book. If you want to expand your creative possibilities and make cards out of some very interesting stuff, then you should buy this book.
If you want to make greeting cards that are "oh, so sweet" don't buy this book. If you want to make greeting cards (or adapt the designs for other paper arts projects) that will knock the socks off the recipient then buy this book right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just cards, not just rubberstamping. March 17 2004
By Carrie
Not that there'd be anything wrong with a book being "just" about either subject, but this one in particular by McGraw happens to transcend the information on the cover as well as the niche one might casually file it away in.
If I had to break it down into one word, I'd say this book is about alchemy. Taking common materials beyond the limit of their accepted potential. Embossing powders transform into precious minerals and mysterious artifacts. Inks do things most people hadn't considered they could before. Embellishments that might seem old-hat are given a surprising new aesthetic status in the context McGraw places them.
I hate that this looks like a greeting cards book. It's an ART book, darnit.
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