Remember how Mom used to put your art on the refrigerator?
Just because you’re grown doesn’t mean Mom appreciates those handmade gifts any less.
Instead of buying her a store-bought card this year, why not make one yourself?
Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop in Monroe has a vast array of card making supplies,
as well as lots of examples of handmade cards on display for inspiration.
A beautiful handmade card starts with quality paper, and there’s no shortage of card stock in all colors at Ben Franklin.
One thing Ben Franklin has, though, that many places don’t, is die-cutters. There are racks and racks of shapes to select, including folding card shapes. Simple set the paper over the die of the desired shape, cover it with a sheet of hard plastic, and roll it through a wringer.
The paper will be cut to the desired shape.
From there, possibilities are endless. There are stamps, ribbon, small styrofoam squares for three dimensional effects, rhinestones, stickers and much, much more.
If you need help, attend a free card-making class.
Every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to noon in a large upstairs room, a card-making group meets.
Turnout is high; at least 50 people come out for each class, said Tracie Sanchez, who manages Ben Franklin’s Pinterest area.
Each class is led by an instructor, either Sonja LeMay or Bonnie Blythe, and supplies are provided, along with instructions for the day’s project.
After the class, the store usually provides discounts on the materials used that day, so that participants can get the materials and go home to make more.
This week the group will work on a Mother’s Day card, said Sanchez.