When we first start card-making we tend to buy everything we see tools, cards etc etc and get a little carried away. I still have a light-box I thought I had to have and it's still in it's box unused 2 years later!
So here are a few things to make it cheaper.
Why not use old cards you have you know the ones you keep as you can't bring yourself to throw them away? Note this does not apply to selling cards as this would be of course breaking copyright law. Use bits off them to make new cards here is an example of a card a young girl I know made. She cut the teddies out and mounted to give a 3d effect.
You could also use photos on cards if you have a good printer like I do and a kind dad to buy you one it is even better.
this is one I made using a photo of my gran
2. Make good use of free printable sites like scrapbookscrapbook.com to print backing papers and page elements for cards and scrapbooks. This is a page I did where I used the letters from this site.
3. Instead of buying a stash of rubber stamps why not swap stamped images with friends. Still I think rubber stamps are a good investment they are good value as can be reused for years.
I will keep adding to this guide once I find new ideas!