Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!
As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.
I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130 – I hope you will find these tips helpful!
Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.
Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!
Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!
Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.
Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc. I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!
Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.
Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!
What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies last. Contact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!
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