How does she do it?! Tips for Mass Card Production

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 lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Tutorial: Double Fan Fold card

The Double Fan Fold card is so stunning! Not only does it make a big impression on the viewer, it also fits in a notecard-size envelope (4.25 x 5.5″) for mailing. Here’s how to make your own!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock:

Cardbase: 7.5 x 5.5″
Cardstock mats (all same colour):
2.25 x 5.25″ (2 pieces)
1 x 5″ (2 pieces)
1 x 2.25″ (4 pieces)

And the following cuts of DSP / white cardstock:

White cardstock: 2 x 5″
2 x 5″
0.75 x 4.75″ (2 pieces)
0.75 x 2 (4 pieces)

Your DSP can be the same for all pieces, or a variety of different patterns – it’s up to you. For this card, I used one pattern for the three largest pieces, and a different pattern for the four smaller pieces.

Start by scoring your cardbase along the short side at 1.25 and 2.5″ on each side.

Next, score diagonally to create an “x” like below on each side of your cardbase.

Burnish all the folds with your bone folder, and then fold the diagonal folds into Valleys (folds pointing away from you) and the vertical folds into Mountains (folds pointing towards you).

Here is a view of the card from the back.

Another view from the back.

From the front.

From the front again.

From the back, with both fan panels completely folded.

Now it’s time to add DSP. Add one large panel of cardstock + DSP to the front of the card.

Add one large panel of cardstock + white cardstock to the back of the card. Add a stamp to decorate, if desired.

You have four small pieces of DSP and four small pieces of cardstock….

Cut two of each diagonally from the top right, and two of each diagonally from top left.

Attach the DSP to the cardstock.

These pieces will go on your side panels as shown, between the vertical and diagonal folds.

You have two tall strips of cardstock and two tall strips of DSP.

Mark each one at the centre point, and then cut from the centre point to the opposite corner to create a triangle. (I found this easiest to do by marking the line with a ruler and then cutting with scissors.)

Attach your DSP triangles to the cardstock. Note that they don’t line up perfectly, but it will still look good when the card is completed!

These two triangles attach on the outer panels of your card.

Here’s how the card looks from the front when folded.

Now it’s time to decorate!

Here’s the finished card from the front …

… and from the back.

Have you made any Double Fan Fold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Video Tutorial: Silver Snowflakes

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you a beautiful card you can make with the Snowflake Wishes stamp set. Snowflake Wishes is the featured stamp set in this month’s Creativity to Go, so if you’d like to receive the stamp set PLUS supplies and tutorials to make five beautiful cards with your new stamp set, be sure to sign up by November 10th!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
2 pieces same colour (but different from mat layer):
2-7/8 x 2-5/8
3 x 4”
White: 2.75 x 2.5”
DSP: 2-7/8 x 3-7/8”

If your device/browser doesn’t allow videos, click here to watch on my YouTube channel. Don’t forget to like and subscribe while you are there!

Remember that you can receive this stamp set plus supplies and tutorials to make five cards when you sign up for Creativity to Go! What a great way to kickstart your Christmas crafting!

Happy Stampin’!

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Product Spotlight: Snowflake Splendor Suite

The Snowflake Splendor suite (pages 36-38 of your Holiday Mini Catalogue) has so much to love! The photopolymer stamp set, which includes 17 layering snowflake stamps, will help you decorate any wintry card or project. The co-ordinating dies (bundled for a 10% savings) are beautiful enough to be used on their own for a no-stamping card. The stunning Designer Series Paper is full of snowy beauty in all shades of blue, and gorgeous watercolour washes on the reverse side. Then there’s the show-stopping Balmy Blue glimmer paper, the irresistible sparkle of the adhesive-backed blue gems, and the delicate shimmer of the iridescent ribbon. And don’t forget the Winter Snow embossing folder!

I’ve had so much fun creating with this suite, I just had to build a class around it. And so November’s Creativity to Go, my version of an online card class, features the Snowflake Wishes stamp set! Be sure to sign up by November 10th to receive the stamp set along with all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make five wonderful cards such as the ones below!

The Triple Cube Card is the first card I made with this suite. It started as a great way to show off the beautiful DSP, but then I started playing with layering the stamped and die-cut snowflakes, and I had WAY too much fun! You’ll see plenty more of these layered snowflakes decorating several of the cards below!

Next I tried out the Double Fan Fold card. (I’ll be teaching this one in an upcoming newsletter, so be sure to subscribe!) This is a gorgeous fold with lots of opportunity for embellishment, and it looks stunning from any angle.

These next few cards make good use of the stamps alone, without any die-cuts to distract or decorate. These simple stamping cards are none the less beautiful!

And then, of course, I wanted to play around with the reverse … lots of die-cutting and hardly any stamping.

CASE’d from Paper Daisy Crafting
CASE’d from Sarah Cade

Here’s a minimalist card that is striking in its simplicity.

CASE’d from La Fee Kiki

In the cards below, I made good use of the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper to add gorgeous shimmer and sparkle.

CASE’d from Angela Meyer

Like the card above, the project below – perfect for holding a battery-operated tealight candle – uses the large snowflake ‘negative image’ die.

CASE’d from The Gentleman Crafters

I loved playing with the Winter Snow embossing folder to add texture to the cards, as well.

CASE’d from Heather Guerrera
CASE’d from Sarah Cade

And then I made a few fancy fold cards to let the beautiful Designer Series Paper really shine (along with those gorgeous layered snowflakes!) Here’s a centre easel card

…. an epic fold card

… a Centre Step Card ….

…. and a Double-Z fold card.

I also love the idea of playing with non-traditional, unexpected colours – so I had to try it out with this bundle!

CASE’d from Chris Smith

Even with all of these gorgeous cards, I feel like there is so much I could do with this suite. It is so fun and easy to create with! If you’d like to join me and create beautiful cards with the “Snowflake Wishes” stamp set and some of the other products from the suite, be sure to sign up for Creativity to Go by November 10th!

Happy Stampin’!

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