You actually need very few materials to make SoulCollage® cards.
This page includes a list of what you need, a list of things helpful but not essential, and where to find each.
Mat board is a heavy form of cardboard. It comes in many different colors and textures. It is the same material used when you buy a framed, matted photograph or picture.
You can buy it in large sheets at art stores and then pay a small additional charge to have it cut into 5” x 8” pieces (or any other size) for your cards. It is also available for purchase at some craft stores.
You can go to framing stores and ask for scrap pieces of mat board because they usually have extra. Most stores would rather give it away than throw it out. Some stores will also cut it for you for free. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Mat boards are always on sale in the KaleidoSoul Shop.
Please note— mat board is not absolutely necessary for the base of your cards. Other options include: cardboard, card stock, file folders, index cards, watercolor paper…etc.
Any kind of scissors will do for making SoulCollage® cards. You will be using them to cut out images from magazines, so it will be helpful to have a small (very sharp) pair for doing any detailed cutting that you need to do.
Scissors can be purchased at drug stores, craft stores, art stores, and just about anywhere!
You might have to try out different adhesives until you find the one that’s right for you. Here are some options. Most can be purchased at craft stores, art supply stores, and places like WalMart.
Rubber Cement or Paper Cement- I like these because it is slow to dry when you’re brushing it on. Also, any excess that gets on your images can be easily peeled off after it dries.
Glue Stick-– Be sure to buy the biggest one you can find! Some popular brands are UHU and Coccoina (which smells really good).
Yes Glue- Some SoulCollagers swear by this one.
Gel Medium– This can be found in artist supply stores or craft shops. Works well as an adhesive as well as a glaze on top.
Whatever you choose, be sure that it says ACID FREE on the label!!!
Take a regular piece of paper or cardstock and draw a 5” x 8” rectangle in the center of it. Cut out the rectangle and now you have a frame with an opening the exact size of your SoulCollage® cards.
The frame is helpful when you find a really large image. You can lay the frame over it in different areas to see what exactly will fit on the card and what will not fit.
It is also helpful for adding several images at once and seeing how it will all look because it covers up everything outside of the 5” x 8” border.
Note: A frame is included in our SoulCollage® Workshop in a Box kit, which also contains everything else you need to make your cards and begin the journey.
The most essential thing you need to create SoulCollage® cards is an abundant assortment of images. You can find images for your cards in a number of places:
- greeting cards
- scrapbooking paper designs
- rubber stamps
- travel brochures
- junk mail
You can find great deals on books, greeting cards, catalogs and papers at yard sales, dollar stores, libraries and discount warehouse shops.
Here are some great places to get magazines for free. Most places are more than happy to save magazines for you (so be sure to ask first) because they feel better recycling them than throwing them out.
- your dentist’s office
- your doctor’s office
- the library
- yard sales
- family and friends
- school libraries
- manicure shops
- healing offices
I have found some awesome travel books with great background (and other) images at really low prices in the discount section of bookstores like Borders and Barnes and Noble.
The best place I’ve found online for images is ISTOCKPHOTO . Most images only cost $1.00 to download and are royalty-free. They have hundreds of thousands of photos and you can search for exactly what you’re looking for.
After only a short while of making SoulCollage® cards, you will be seeing potential images for your cards everywhere!!
Helpful but Not Necessary
- A candle- Lighting a candle before you begin can help to create sacred space. It doesn’t have to be a big or elaborate candle, even a tealight will do.
- Music- Choose some music that is relaxing and speaks to your soul. This will also help to create sacred space for your SoulCollage® card making time.
- A brayer- This nifty little tool is for smoothing any air bubbles out of the images on the card after you’ve glued it down.
- A mat knife- This artists’ tool is helpful for marking the corners of images under the frame so you know where to glue them when you transfer them to the card.
- File folders- These are excellent for organizing your images, if you choose to organize them, that is!
- Clear bags- Slip each card into one of these crystal clear protectors and your card will remain unsmudged and clean forever! Available in the KaleidoSoul Shop.
SoulCollage® Workshop in a Box
If you’re ready to get started, why not order our most popular product,
The SoulCollage® Workshop in a Box?
- Seena Frost’s SoulCollage® Evolving book
- E-workbook to guide you through the book
- 15 mat boards
- Surprise Pack of 100 images
- 15 clear bags
- Glue stick
- Audio on SoulCollage® and Intuition
- E-book of 102 Tips and Tricks to help you create your cards
It’s up to you! Get started today!
100 bags. 5.25" x 8"
35 bags. 5.25" x 8"