personal tips and recommendations...

✔ remember to make your carrd colorblind friendly! many people never do this! try asking a colorblind friend for help! (keep this image in mind when you're choosing colors! dont use ones that are too similar. for extra help use this site
✔ make sure to keep heavy eyestrain, shaking/flashing images, and graphic pictures out of your carrd. make it accessable!
✔ edit the pictures you use in your carrd! overlays are your best friend and can be done in any photo editor or art program. (i recommend art programs!)
✔ containers are your best friend. remember to change them from stack to default!
✘ avoid one-pager carrds! they're difficult for people with reading disabilities to read (including me!)
✘ stop. using. fanart. especially without credit or permission. find official sources. its disrespectful. most japanese artists have "do not repost" in their bios!
✘ dont put kins, friends, etc before your byf/dni section, ya goof. it should common sense...

some fun resources... (these are gonna be mostly fandom related sorry)

heart locket gif maker (___ my beloved)
enstars assets
transparent [email protected] cards
idol.st
waifu2x (goes hand in hand with schoolido.lu)
cool little symbols (the ones im using now)
gif editor/maker
cookie run assets (find sprites here)
project-imas
wilson jj (screenshots, fancams, whatever)
play shiny colors on your browser!
how to get into [email protected]
tons of game sprites, icons, etc. (they have a ton of games to choose from! cookie run, mario, etc)

disclaimer...

⚠️⚠️⚠️PROSHIPPERS, EXCLUS, TERFS, ETC. THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!! GET OUT!!!!! ⚠️⚠️⚠️

i'm not trying to tell you how to make carrds or trying to say im better at making carrds than you are, i simply just want to share the information i have to help someone who might need it! take everything i say with a grain of salt, and get creative!

Bear In Chery Martini