Are you the kind crafter who enjoys making duplicates or do you usually make individual cards? I confess, I am the latter. For the first 15 years or so of this craft, I held classes and enjoyed sharing tips and techniques with others. Those events (and my own stamping time) provided a variety of cards ready to send to everyone on the family list for all occasions. The need wasn’t there to create multiples.
These days, stamping is my hobby but no longer a business. With a bathroom remodel in the works and the desire to make more cards for local charities, it’s finally time to delve into the realm of making multiple cards at a time. Armed with crafty advice by YouTube makers, I pulled out my stash of supplies, a stamping platform and some good music to get started.
For this card, NOEL was stamped using an old alpha set called Sophisticated Serifs. To save time, I used only one color of ink (Garden Green) but you could make it amazing by heat embossing the word instead. A thin strip of gold foil paper and a star cut from the same paper add a little shine and elegance to the card while keeping it quick and simple.
Side note: The ‘stash buster’ on this card was the background paper. I’m not even sure how long I have had it but the color and pattern were just perfect for this theme! Win!
In case you are also new to stamping multiples, here are some tips I hope you will find helpful:
- Find a simple layout and stick to it. Changing it up might lead you down lengthy rabbit trails…
- Do one thing at a time (cut all of the background paper, then cut the stars, etc.) Ford was wise.
- Make use of those days where you just aren’t feeling productive and simply stamp out and color your images. Store with the stamp set for when you are ready to assemble.
- Stamp different images (instead of multiples of the same images) on your paper. This will allow you to die cut multiple images at the same time. (Leave enough room between the images so the dies fit without overlap as this could damage them.)
- If time is an issue, limit the amount of tools and techniques per design. They ARE so much fun but every step you add increases the time needed to complete your project.
I hope you were inspired to have fun in your own craft space. If you have time, I’d love to hear whether you are a diva at making multiples or prefer the one-at-a-time approach. Perhaps you are like me and find value in them both. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today!