Handmade greeting cards not only make thoughtful gifts, they're also a wonderful way to learn crafting skills. Whether it's a milestone family birthday, a friend's wedding, a new baby or a graduation, there are plenty of life events that warrant a keepsake card with a personal touch. And you don't have to be a fully fledged artist to make beautiful greeting cards either; simply give it a go and let your imagination run free.
After moving to the UK from Pakistan 13 years ago, crafting helped Tania Ahmed settle in. "In Pakistan, you can't easily get paper crafting supplies like you can in the UK," she says. "So I did embroidery, jewellery making, beadwork and sewing as a creative outlet. When I moved to the UK, I discovered YouTube, and through that, the world of card making and papercraft. I was really curious, found a shop near me and was able to buy some supplies online. So that was kind of my way of settling into the country as well."
Here, Tania, a crafter and creative business owner who specialises in handmade cards and teaches mixed media online classes, shares her best tips and explains how to make cards using a Canon PIXMA TS7440 printer.