Card Makers: Educate me, please
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PeaNut 62,131
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Posted: 11/3/2013 12:00:36 PM
I'm thinking about making my Christmas cards this year, but my previous card making attempts are holding me back. Please give me your best tips! Thanks


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Posted: 11/3/2013 12:10:51 PM
This seems obvious, but I has to learn the hard way: make your cards in a standard size that will fit in a standard envelope. Also, don't get ambitious and think you are going to make different cards for everyone. Come up with a card design you like (or find one to copy) and make it for everyone (or most everyone). Know what card you're going to make before you go to the store to buy stuff. Buy a box of envelopes. I usually make an envelope when I make a single card, but that is a bit much at Christmas. Above all, start now. Christmas will be here before you know it.
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Posted: 11/3/2013 12:46:50 PM
I like to work in i cut all my cardstock at once, then cut all the pattern paper, then cut all ribbon, then stamp each sentiment etc...then at the end I assemble each card. Makes things go faster for me.


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Posted: 11/3/2013 2:20:50 PM
Google "one sheet wonders" for designs that use one sheet of pp to make multiple cards. The cool thing about those is that sometimes there are cutting guides to speed the process along. With a OSW, you cards will not all be exactly alike, but they will be related.

CTMH has some guides in their book "Wishes" that produce a bunch of cards out of a few sheets of paper and some card bases.

I agree with Aimee that it's much easier to make a standard size. Also, be careful of too many lumps & bumps - the P.O. machines can tear up envelopes if the cards are too bumpy.

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Posted: 11/3/2013 2:56:44 PM
I have to agree that using one design is so much easier than making a bunch of different cards. I make about 35 and one year I thought I'd be fancy and make them different! I hated every one of they so I went back to keeping the design the same. I do change the patterned paper colours because I use what I have so even though they are the same, they are slightly different. I also do an assembly line approach because it makes it so much easier once you've got everything cut, coloured, etc. to just assemble the entire card. And I also recommend that you make an extra one for you to keep and/or scrap. I did that for the first time last year - and it was completely by accident because I happened to have a spare. I ended up scrapping it with our traditional family Christmas photo and I love the layout! I will be sure to have an extra from now on to add to my scrapbooks.

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Posted: 11/3/2013 3:03:20 PM
I do about 3 relativly "easy" cards for most people and then about 6 special cards for children and relatives. Most people aren't all that bothered, as long as they get "A" card, whereas children loved a card with their name on it!

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Posted: 11/3/2013 3:04:52 PM
If you want to make it super easy for yourself buy those DCWV boxes of cards and add your stamped sentiment and an embellishment. Easy, but beautiful and handmade


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Posted: 11/3/2013 4:06:49 PM
Make all the cards the same. Don't have different designs. Do it like an assembly line (I think that's what you call it). Do all the cutting, then all the stamping, then all the assembling. Don't make them one at a time.


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Posted: 11/3/2013 4:22:54 PM
I have been making my own cards for a long, long time and while I agree with the Peas who suggest picking one design and sticking with it for all your cards, I want to add that you should target your handmade cards to people you know will get a kick out of them. Bought cards are perfectly fine for those people who don't really get the handmade with love and care thing. Cynical? Yes, but true.

And very importantly: don't make too many your first time out. 20 cards is a lot of cards to make by hand.

Don't choose an intricate stamped image to color and cut out unless you really, really like doing it.

Now that I've mentioned the "don'ts" here's a "do"...Have fun!

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Posted: 11/3/2013 4:58:36 PM
You also might want to look at the older 2 Peas video series Thinking Inking - then Garden Girl Jennifer did. The first one was so popular so she did a second one with more of a HOliday/Winter feel. You may not be able to still get the exact same stamps/folders that she did, but most of the products like Distress Inks etc are still available.

At any rate, finding a video of a card you might like to put your own twist on will give you an idea of how much work the one you choose would be? It will surely get your creative juices flowing at any rate!

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Posted: 11/3/2013 5:26:15 PM
Thanks everyone! These are great tips. I really appreciate it.


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Posted: 11/3/2013 5:26:16 PM
Yep, stick to one basic design, no matter how many cards you're going to make. As I get bored easily, I tend to build in slight variations, i.e. different patterned paper and stamp/embellishment, but same placement of elements on the card. This is also a great way of using up supplies like paper pads.
Think ahead how bulky you'd like your cards - if they're too thick or have things like buttons or charms, you'll have to pay extra postage. This year I'm adding a charm to mine, but only for those, who'll get a gift or local people. For those cards, that have to be mailed, I replace the charm by a diecut made from glitter paper.


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