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by Fransie Snyman (Metz Press, R200)
Fransie Snyman’s objective in this book is to explain basic techniques to provide ideas for making your own cards. In this she succeeds admirably.
The techniques are explained step by step with clear pictures and only essential instructions that even a beginner would be able to follow.
A chapter lists and illustrates tools and materials required for card making followed by a chapter on terminology and techniques.
What I found appealing was the many different ways of folding a card, among which were shell, diamond, crossover, Z-fold and gate fold – all this before you even begin to embellish it.
Embellishments make the work of a card maker so much easier, but this comes at a cost. For those who want to keep the costs down, the author offers ideas on how to use scraps and bric-a-brac.
There is also a section on edible cards – biscuits iced with a message for birthdays, Easter, Christmas and more.
The idea being: read it and eat it, achieving two things – the greeting and the gift.
Arm yourself with this book (and the tools listed) and you will not be stuck for ideas for cards. – Olga Accolla