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Posted 11/26/2012 by ladybug4233 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 248,678
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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:39:42 PM

A previous post got me thinking that it might be fun to make my Christmas cards this year. I subscribe to Jillibean Soup Card kit so I have 8 designs there. I need about 40 so I don't know where to even start. I usually do a photocard from Snapfish. I would love to know your process from design(s) like how many, where you get the idea and so on to what products you use and how long it takes you. Please add any other details that you think would be helpful.

Thanks so much!!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:52:14 PM
I look at the gallery and Pinterest to give me inspiration. Mine end up being a mixture of a bunch of cards I like.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:03:49 PM
I usually look for something fairly easy to reproduce and I either choose a few different designs or I use one "sketch" and change up the stamp/paper/embellishments.Kristin Werner is doing a whole series of holiday cards right now and she does start to finish videos for all of them. Just like scrap lifting, you can use them as a starting point but substitute your own supplies.
I personally don't enjoy the "assembly line" feeling of making multiples and I don't have time to make 60 unique cards, so I do photo cards for the holidays and save handmades for other occasions. You also might try the stamping peas who are more card focused and would probably love to link you to other resources. Have fun!
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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:18:49 PM
I make a couple hundred Christmas cards every year. I get my inspiration from Pinterest, Splitcoaststampers, and my SU demo's site (I mostly use SU stamps and inks). Once I have a dozen or so ideas in mind, I do a modified assembly line-type process.

I make 20 or so of each design (I get bored if I try to make too many of one design). First step is to cut and fold the paper for the card itself. Then I make the front piece and attach. If I'm using dark cardstock, I adhere a coordinated light cardstock piece to the inside. Stamp the inside. "My" stamp on the back, and toss in a basket.

Once I have the number I need made, then I work off my card list. Address all envelopes first, then add a note and sign.

I find, overall, the process goes much smoother if I break it into smaller steps. HTH

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:29:13 AM
I'm usually inspired by a Christmas stamp I see in my local store. I then build my design around that.

I have 100+ to make each year so I try to create a simple design, but sometimes it ends up being rather involved, taking many, many hours.

I have made them for years and thought about making several different designs so I don't get bored making so many of one design, but that means more work to prepare supplies for several designs so I stick with one design.

I buy the pre-made blank cards when they are on sale so all I have to do is attach a card front with the design, then stamp the greeting inside and my signature on the back.

I do use an assembly-line method:
Stamp images
Color in/Paint images
Cut images from stock
Fold pre-made cards
Attach images and other papers and embellishments to pre-made cards
Stamp greeting inside each card
Stamp signature on back of each card
Address envelopes
Stamp envelopes


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Posted: 11/28/2012 6:17:18 PM
I was taught by someone right here on 2 peas many years ago that to make a card, use your stamped image as the "photo", just like on a scrapbook page. Use it as your focal point and build from there. That's always worked for me.

PS, glad to see I'm not the only one that does 100+ cards. I thought I was the only nut.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 6:26:24 PM
I have only made about 25. I use blank cards from M's and use scrapbook paper, stamps, ribbons and small Christmas embellishments. Ideas from Pinterest, two peas etc
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Posted: 11/28/2012 6:28:47 PM
40! Well, my answer is useless to you!

I have 3 cards to make now. It used to be 4, but we had a recent death in the family. Basically all I do is find a Christmas image I want to colour, colour it, and tailor the card/image to the person that I'm going to give it to. I'm colouring anyway, so it's just a matter of actually using the card as a CARD instead of keeping it around.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:22:58 PM
I love making Christmas cards. Started doing it about 5 years ago when I found a stamp that I loved and before I knew it, I had a card assembled... so I decided on the assembly line approach and made about 20 of them. I used to browse through magazine but now find most, if not all, of my inspiration through Pinterest and usually combine a couple of different ideas into one card. Last year I had so many different ideas spinning through my head I thought it would be more fun to create a couple of different cards. I think I made 6 sets of 5 and in all honestly I wasn't totally happy with any of them! I think I just had too much going on. So this year I went back to my old system and settled on one design... and I like the outcome. For me the problem is that my cards are usually done in September - before all the great new products are released - so I don't get all stressed out about having to make them all now. That means that my biggest problem is trying NOT to buy anything Christmas related now. Doesn't usually work though and I ended up using this year's products on next year's cards!

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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:31:00 PM
I start with a photo collage and design from there around it. Most of the time I really have high hopes to do handmade paper cards with the collage every year, but most years I end up printing a 4x6 or 5x7 collage with a digital sentiment and send it as the card. I feel whatever I have time for and can get mailed is an accomplishment with all of my other obligations with work.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 7:46:14 PM
I use the Basic Grey holiday card kit each year. I send out less than 25 cards, so it works for me. One year I went to a rad design class at Archivers and recreated those.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 2:28:00 AM
This year, I took the Holiday Card Workshop at online card classes, and got a bunch of great ideas for mass produceable cards that look great.

I ended up coming up with three different "base" designs that I could produce a dozen of in a few hours. They all look great, but after I had a good base, it didn't take a lot of time to put together in an assembly line.

It helps that my style is VERY CAS. The *design* part of the project, creating the original to replicate, took forever, but once the design was down, I was about to whip them out pretty quickly.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 4:13:08 AM
There's always some cute Christmas stamps in my stash that I want to use so I often go from there. I also get inspiration from Pinterest, blogs, galleries, online classes...

ETA: I've posted all my cards on my blog recently if you'd like to see how I made those cards. I posted the last one today. Very clean and simple and massproducable when you're in a hurry.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 6:40:48 AM
I either find some cards in the gallery here that I draw inspiration from, or I look at my stamps and other supplies and try to come up with a design around that.

For example, this year I had a lot of twine left over from another project, so I decided to create card fronts that look like wrapped presents on top of patterned paper. I used my Slice to make tags to slide on to the string and stamped a greeting on the tags. For simpler cards I wanted to mass produce, I realized I have some pine tree stamps and a few different green Distress Inks, so I stamped the same image in a bunch of shades of green on to kraft cardstock to look like a forest, then used a white gel pen to make "snow."

I have a few more to do and I want to keep it simple, so I'll probably just slap a piece of PP on a card, heat emboss a greeting, and call it done. If I'm feeling ambitious I may add some punched or embossed snowflakes.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 6:53:10 AM
If you need about 40, what I would do, which is what I did this year, is that I found a pattern that I liked, using my Christmas Stash, just bought blank cards and stamped a sentiment and adhered it with foam dots on a piece of patterned paper and added embellishment.

I made an assembly line and finished them real quick. It got rid of my of my stash too! Good luck and remember to have fun!

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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:22:49 PM
I don't make a lot of cards compared to most people. For instance, this year, I am thinking of starting with 12. DH likes to send my handmade cards to others in response to them sending us cards, so it may end up being more than 12 in the end.

I get my ideas different places different years. This year's card, a pair of facing angels, is finally coming together after more than a year. The stamping board here offers challenges three times a year. October of last year, I learned how to "reverse" images by stamping on tissue paper through one of those challenges. And so I had my first pair of angels. Then an idea for an actual card came together through several of the challenges that were hosted this February. So, since then, I have had the first of my 12 cards done, and thought I had a great head start.

Unfortunately, I barely started making the other 11 yesterday. (I have in other years started a whole batch much earlier than this.) I have been doing hand-made cards most of the last 10 years. The easiest way to do the process, for me, is at least after I have one prototype, is to make the pieces of the card (I almost always have a stamped image and a stamped or computer-typed sentiment), and then to glue the cards together. Where I'm at right now is each pair of angels is stamped, and one of the three colors I plan to use is marked in. I will also have to put Stickles on each angel and stamp 11 "Merry Christmas" sentiments before I can glue the remaining cards together.

If I do make more cards, I may just make them one at a time. Not sure yet.

Also, keep in mind I make one design each year.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:33:26 PM
I'm just bowing at the feet of those of you who make 100 or more cards...

I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 5:01:48 PM
I have a notebook where I jot down ideas. Anything for a Christmas card gets a full page because I will sketch as I am thinking of something. I started thinking about the card for this year about 10 minutes after mailing out the cards I did last year.

At my retreat in Oct I worked on a number of prototypes. I needed one element and sure enough-when I asked the Peas where to find it, they knew and thankfully I had that cartridge!

Then at an all day crop I cut every piece, bagged them and have them waiting for my Bazzill A2 cards to arrive. And then I will assemble, stamp, pop in envelopes with our annual holiday letter and spend one Sunday afternoon addressing them, affixing our return labels and postage and then off they will go, hopefully the morning of 31 Dec so they will have that postmark and arrive before Epiphany.

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Posted: 11/30/2012 1:32:20 PM
I get the Jillibean Soup kit too. I made 7 of the 8 cards as shown and then I made more cards using their designer gallery and then some of my own ideas. The kit has so many supplies that I have made more than 20 cards adding only cardstock for card bases and a button here or there from my stash.


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Posted: 11/30/2012 2:31:17 PM
I make between 50 and 60 cards each year, and always include a picture of my husband and myself. I typically start with the picture (so I know which direction the card needs to go) or a stamp and match the paper and design to it. I make them assembly line style and usually enlist my husband to help while watching TV. He's usually a good sport about helping with the basic cuts or adhering since he know how many I make.

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