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Creative Card Making

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Study method
30 hours · Self-paced
Access to content
60 days
No formal qualification
30 CPD hours / points
  • Proof of Completion - Free
  • Certificate of Achievement - £18.99
  • ICOES Digital Certificate - £23.99
  • ICOES Certificate - Hard Copy - £29.99
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - £39.99

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Make someone’s day by giving them a personal handmade card!

In America alone, 6.5 billion greeting cards are sent every year at a cost of around $7-8 billion, says the Greeting Card Association.

But how often do you find these cards aren’t exactly what you want? Or the message is too slushy?

Instead of wasting energy searching for a shop-bought card, invest your time in creating something beautiful. Our course equips you with the card making ideas, tools and skills you need to make your own cards for every occasion.

Imagine the sensation of designing a unique card for someone dear to you or be commissioned to sell your cards. You will be able to:

  • give a gift that will be treasured forever
  • enjoy ‘being in the moment’ as you put your mind and soul into card making
  • unleash your creative side which is great for your mental health
  • express yourself through your craft and celebrate your own uniqueness

By creating a handmade card, you will:

  • make people feel loved and cherished.
  • show you care enough to take the time to create something just for them when you could have sent a quick text instead
  • personalize every special occasion for the people in your lives.

When you make your own card, it has a positive impact on you and the person you send it to. That's a win-win.

After each module in our Creative Card Making For All Occasions video course, you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll be making cards as you learn! Start making wonderful cards now.


  • Course access: 60 days - Study at your own pace
  • Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course
  • Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country


Proof of Completion

Digital certificate - Included

Certificate of Achievement

Digital certificate - £18.99

ICOES Digital Certificate

Digital certificate - £23.99

ICOES Certificate - Hard Copy

Hard copy certificate - £29.99

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Digital certificate - £39.99


30 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Your tutor is Alexandra Stapleton-Smith, who is passionate about papercrafts. Under her expert guidance, you will discover:

  • All the skills and tools you need to make your own Christmas cards, Valentine’s cards, birthday cards, and cards for every occasion
  • different types and sizes of paper for card making
  • basic card making tools you will need - and things you won't need
  • wide variety of inks to make your own cards
  • all about die cutting machines for creating different shapes for your cards
  • add extra pizazz to your cards using stamping techniques to create different effects such as 3D images or shadows
  • performing card making magic with stamp platforms to help you create precise images

At the end of each video module, you will have your own project to do. This is a hands-on course where you watch, learn and then create something beautiful and uniquely you.

Course Breakdown:

Module 1: Cardstock Basics

  • 1.1 Meet the Maker
  • 1.2 Types of Cardstock
  • 1.3 Cardstock Size and Weight
  • 1.4 Basic Layer Sizes
  • 1.5 Tips for Straight Layers
  • 1.6 Project

Module 2: Basic Tools

  • 2.1 Trimmers
  • 2.2 Adhesives
  • 2.3 Essential Tools
  • 2.4 Different Types of Stamps
  • 2.5 Let’s Stamp Some Things
  • 2.6 Project

Module 3: Ink Types

  • 3.1 Dye Inks
  • 3.2 Pigment Inks
  • 3.3 Hybrid Inks
  • 3.4 Specialty Inks
  • 3.5 Embossing Inks
  • 3.6 Distress Inks
  • 3.7 Project

Module 4: Dies And Die Cutting

  • 4.1 Exploring Dies and Die Cutting Machines
  • 4.2 Die Cutting Machines
  • 4.3 Electronic Cutting Machines
  • 4.4 Exploring Embossing Folders
  • 4.5 Project

Module 5: Stamping Techniques

  • 5.1 Layering Stamps
  • 5.2 Masking and Scene Building
  • 5.3 Watercoloring with Ink Pads
  • 5.4 Stamp Platforms
  • 5.5 Emboss Resist
  • 5.6 Final Project

Who is this course for?

  • Everyone who loves giving special gifts handcrafted with love

  • People who want to be more creative or to unplug from a connected world

  • Anyone looking for a beautiful way to unleash their artistic side

  • Frustrated consumers who can’t find the right card in the shop or online and decide to make their own cards

  • Entrepreneurs seeking a profitable sideline or small card making business

  • Artists or crafters looking for a new niche in card making

  • People looking for a pleasurable hobby which is easy to start

  • Anyone looking for ways to be more creative or expressive should learn card making as a way of stretching their imagination

  • Parents, teachers or anyone working with children can use this course to teach card making for kids

  • Party planners or wedding planners can add card making to the services they offer

  • Photographers or artists can turn their works of art into beautiful cards


This Card Making course is open to all, with no formal entry requirements.

Career path

  • Set up your own business selling handmade cards

  • Sell handmade cards at craft fairs or online

  • Use your artistic card making skills to complement your existing work as a party planner or wedding planner, for example

  • Teach card making for kids or craft groups

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Leila asked:

Hi. This course looks great! I just need to know what materials I need for making the cards?


Thank you for your query. To complete the Creative Card Making course you don't need a practical component or to purchase materials in advance. When you complete the course, you will know which additional products to buy depending on your needs. Also, since you have unlimited access to the course you can always go back and access the content.

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Sue asked:

What does access to content 60 days mean?


Hi Sue, thank you for your question. Currently, once you register on our website, you will have 12 months to activate the course. Once you activate the course, you have 60 days to complete it. Time extensions are available for purchase if you need more time to complete the course. Kind regards, IOA Team

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Sue asked:

Once you have purchased course how long is it available to use?


Hi Sue, thank you for your question. Currently, once you register on our website, you will have 12 months to activate the course. Once you activate the course, you have 60 days to complete it. Time extensions are available for purchase if you need more time to complete the course. Kind regards, IOA Team

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Sadia asked:

Hi, I understand there are projects at the end of each module So how will the projects be assessed and do we need to purchase things for each project.


Hi Sadia, Thank you for your query. After each module of your course, there is a short exam that includes multiple-choice questions. The final grade of your course will be the average of all the modules. Kaoutar - IOA Team

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