Let's face it, a card without a sentiment is well, just a card. The sentiment is the bride and groom on top of the cake, it let's the person you are sending your wonderful creation to, know why they have received it, the finale. Sometimes it's obvious like a birthday or anniversary but even then, having the sentiment is the final piece.
So as a crafter, what are your options for adding sentiments? We've picked 3 of our favourite and have listed them below, along with the pros and cons of each one.
Peel offs are sheets of stickers that come with multiple sentiments on one page. If you are just starting out then these are inexpensive and you will get a wide variety for under £5.
Inexpensive to buy
Multiple sentiments on one sheet
Can be purchased with a variety of sentiments on a sheet
Alphabet & numbers are available for personalisation
Easy to store
Can be carefully lifted if not pressed down
Come with glitter and other textures.
Generally come in gold and silver, although silver can be coloured with permanent markers
Once they've gone, they need replacing
Can be fiddly to remove from the sheet
Rubber stamps are a great way for adding sentiments. There will be more of an initial outlay as you will need a block if the stamps aren't mounted and you will need an ink pad.
Can be stamped onto matching card to the base card
Different coloured ink can be used
Alphabet & numbers available to personalise
Sentiments sometimes come with a design so your card will co-ordinate
You can get rubber stamping systems to ensure perfect placement
Embossing and other techniques can be used to enhance the surface of the stamped image
Initial outlay is higher than for peel offs
You may get bored with using the same design
Once the stamp has been stamped, it is permanent
More items to store, the stamp, block and ink pad
Metal die systems are of great benefit to a crafter, however they are costly to purchase and the machines can be heavy. A die cutting machine is basically a mangle, which you feed a sandwich of boards through with the metal die and paper in the middle. The die will be cut out of the paper as it feeds through the machine.
Can be moved around before finally gluing in place
Alphabet & numbers available to personalise your cards
Some dies come with a shadow which is a backing to the wording
Different papers can be used to create different affects
Smaller dies can be inexpensive
There are a variety of different designs
Most machines come with an embossing sandwich so the sentiment can be embossed
Can be costly to purchase
May get fed up with the same design
Storage may be an issue
The die cut machines can be heavy so make sure you can lift them
These are just a few of our thoughts, let us know if we've missed anything or tell us how you like to make your sentiments.