I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before on here, but about 2 years ago I vowed to not buy any more greeting cards until I had used up the hoard I already had. And I had (have) a lot. But I also send quite a lot of post, so I was hopeful. It turns out, a lot of the cards I did have were not always suitable for the occasion I needed a card for. So I've been making the ones I don't already have.
At a workshop at Homemade London last year, the lovely Nancy Straughan taught us how to emboss your own cards. Such a simple, elegant way to add a bit more to your designs at home. Purely for one-offs though, you wouldn't be able to do it for 100's!
Thick card - this needs to be thicker than the card of your greeting card.
Blank greeting card
Scissors or Stanley knife
Draw and cut out the shape you want to emboss from the thick card, and discard the actual shape so you're left with a frame like piece.
Open up your card flat and place the frame where you want to emboss your shape on the front of the greeting card. You'll be working on the inside of the card so that your design stands out on the front.
Hold the frame firmly in place, turn the card over and flatten out onto the surface you're working on. Making sure you don't move the frame of your shape, use the bone folder to find where the shape is and press into it. Focus on the edges for a more pronounced shape, and the middle to even it all out.
Once you think you're done, take a look at your handy work!