In many aspects of our lives, modern technology is becoming increasingly present in the way we come up with and share our ideas. And you might think that the terms ‘technology’ and ‘card-crafting’ are not often used in the same sentence, but that’s all changing.
State-of-the-art programs and apps are having an effect on the way people express their creativity in all artistic forms, and the world of card-crafting is no different. The smartphone is a resourceful tool for the card-crafter, and can there are a number of apps which can provide us with some much-needed inspiration when we’re stuck in a creative rut.
So, without further ado, here are five apps which no card-crafter should be without:
If you’re into using photographs on your card designs, then this app is essential. It allows you to edit and add effects to snaps you taken on your phone, and you can also use it to edit photos you’ve taken with a camera too. For those vintage designs, this app lets you apply sepia effects and convert pictures to greyscale. You can also ensure your picture matches your card colour scheme by applying various coloured tints.
At a loss for ideas? Then Pinterest is the image-hosting site for you. You might have trawled search engines like Google Images for card-making ideas before, and had to sift through some fairly questionable material. You’ll be glad to know Pinterest isn’t like that. Without wanting to sound too elitist, Pinterest is what all the cool people are using right now, and most of the card-making projects you’ll find on there are of a pretty high standard.
Want to know about craft fairs in your local region? Want to be kept up to date with news on special offers from card suppliers? If you do, and you don’t have a Twitter account, you’re missing out. By following craft bloggers and retailers, you’ll be able to take advantage of any sales, be kept up to date with goings on in the craft world, and have an outlet through which to proudly display your work.
In a similar manner to Twitter, Facebook is a social media tool which helps you keep up with the game. By joining card-crafting groups, you can get talking to other people with the same interests as you, and even exchange ideas. Many companies also use Facebook as a marketing tool, meaning that you’ll be kept abreast of any competitions or new products being released, as well as any must-go events being held in the crafting community near you.
Once you’ve established yourself as a bit of a pro, you’ll want a platform to express your opinions and share your knowledge – and there are few places better to do so than a blog. Hosting platform WordPress has won numerous awards for good reason. It’s accessible, and very quick to set up. The app also lets you blog on the go. So, if you feel like you’re ready to show the crafting world what you’re made of, get blogging!
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Adam is the author of this article, and he works for Craftsite.co.uk who specialise in handmade card making. On his days off, Adam loves to skate at the park, but generally hurts himself in doing so.