I’ve been dying to share my top 3 tips for handmade cards that stand out! Pick any ONE of these 3 tips – oh and the one BONUS tip too – and you’ll immediately turn your cards from perfectly fine to flippin’ fantastic!

Now before you click off this page thinking it involves lots of moola or tons of technique, WAIT!

YOU can have fabulous cards too! Without any over-the-top new purchases or hours spent at your craft space.

Really! I’m going to tell you how.

Let’s see our project first.

3 Tips for Handmade Cards that Stand Out
Use bold colour to draw the eye!

Just a pretty little design to send some happy thoughts to someone you care about.

But there’s just something about it that says “Look at ME” right? Can you see what those something’s are?

Let’s find out in a teeny bit more detail.

3 Tips for Handmade Cards that Stand Out

If you want your cards to be kept up on the mantle for weeks, try a couple of these tips.

Easy Tips for Over-the-Top Cards

1.Go BOLD!

Choose colours that almost pop off the page! Deep black, grey or navy are always attention getters. But don’t overdo it. Too much black can be…well…a bit depressing! Instead use it as an accent and a focal point and pair it with other bold colours. Like the Polished Pink I used here.

Black and navy work especially well with white also as it’s such a deep contrast. The flower is stamped in Versamark then heat embossed with white powder which is stunning on the black.

2.Add a dash of bling!

Although bling itself isn’t any big revelation 😋, it’s the type and amount of bling that might be.

The only colouring on the black is done with my Wink of Stella glimmer brush. Subtle yet beautiful, it completely takes your card recipient IN to look closer! They’ll “think” they saw a bit of something sparkly, but they won’t be sure until they twist and turn the card in the light!

But that’s not all. Pair the subtle shimmer with some sparkle too. Just remember…less really IS more. Clear Basic Rhinestone gems here completely complement the simplicity and elegance of our design and doesn’t overpower the cute little flower.

3 Tips for Handmade Cards that Stand Out
Simple decorative elements add more POP sometimes!
3 Choose snappy shapes!

Rather than go for the standard circle or rectangle shape, I decided to use one of the tags from the Designer Tags Dies. With its stitching lines and pretty cutout top, it instantly elevates your design.

When you choose shapes with their own fancy decorations built right in, you don’t really need any other fancy elements besides the shape itself!

3 Tips for Handmade Cards that Stand Out
Designer Tags Dies
Bonus Tip! Change Up the Size of Your Card!

All you have to do to create some instant buzz around your card is to vary your card shape. Here, I made a 4″ square card.

Why’d I pick that size?

So my tag wouldn’t get lost! If I had even gone a 1/2″ bigger, the tag would begin to look a bit too small and the proportions would be a bit wrong.

If you’d like even more tips to amp up your card making, check out this colourful design and 5 tips for handmade birthday cards to knock their socks off!

3 Tips for Handmade Cards that Stand Out

Which Tip Will You Use First!

Some tips that work in my particular card might not suit the design you’re working on right now. So feel free to pick and choose which one you think will really AMP up your card and give that one a try.

Here are all the supplies I used – click on this list that you can print, pin or order from. Thank you for supporting my small business!

Pick just one of these 3 tips for handmade cards that stand out, add you own personal touches and then sit back while your card gets RAVE reviews!