Making Bulk Assembly Line Style Christmas Cards

January 11, 2011 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

TIME FRAME:

This year, I started my Christmas cards in the fall.   It worked out a lot better and kept the mess out of my holidays.  Highly recommend if you need a lot of cards.  I need about 150 cards (huge family!)

MY GOALS:

I made some decisions based on last year’s card-making:

  1. Avoid layers/mats/ribbon bows
  2. Avoid two- step cut/embossing.  As pretty as nestabilities are, the layering took too much time and I had trouble finding matching product by the end to go with my colored images.
  3. Use as little tape as possible (even at $1 tape rolls, I ate them up last year, think $30-$50.)
  4. Imagine a streamlined design, yet one that allows modification to battle boredom.

MY FIRST STEP:

This fall, I first came up with a way to create a nesting point on the page.  I laid an Oval nestability on the card to emboss a focal area without cutting, without gluing, without matting.  Wow, that cut a lot of steps and still looked elegant.

Second, I found a couple “branch” stamps.  The final one was bought on the buy/sell/trade forum at splitcoaststampers.com.  I’ve had great experiences buying used stamps there.  The other branch came with a papertreyink set from a”Take a Bough” puchases at the BST at splitcoaststampers.com as well with ornaments included.  I may do “Ornaments2”  for  my cards next year?  LOL

This year, I borrowed a slim EK success ornament punch from a lady in our scrapping group.  It punched all three ornaments at one time!  I had a little trouble with it sticking at one point, but punches some wax paper through it and it did fine after that.  Changing up the papers helped provide a bit of variety without totally having different sets of cards.  After doing a few card versions last year, I rather liked doing  just one main version this year so that I knew what people were referring to when they commented on it.

I used mighty Dollar popdots instead of tape on some of the cards to add dimension.

On the solid ornaments, I used a gold pen or gold ink and tiny stamps to decorate the ornaments.  My favorite tiny stamps were from a Nativity set I had on hand.  I can’t determine the manufacturer from the slip sheet, but there is a SSC081, C. STM 2006 on it.  the star came from it.

I used JustRite Stamps on the inside for the sentiment, and a family signature stamp I had custom made from ebay for gifts and cards (best investment I’ve made in a while, and only about $10).

For the second batch, I ran out of punched ornaments and used a cut file for ornaments using SCAL software and my Cricut–worked great.

Supplies:

Cards from Hobby Lobby, with 40% off coupon or on sale…collect throughout the year.  Bulk cards on in sets of 50, I think.  I used both white or ivory to match the papers I had handy.

Papers:  Core-dinations Wine cardstock, the cover sheet for $1 paper (punched), and other random paper.

Tape: $1 dotliners (my favorite tape of all time, by Elmer’s.  I can no longer find it at this price.)

“Frost” Shimmer Spritz on some cards (very expensive, but I got it for my birthday from a friend.  I’ve since added water and eyeshadow and it’s still spraying.  It doesn’t go far, but added a nice snowy effect.  I added an oval shield around the spraying area, which made a cool inset of snow.)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Entry filed under: Card Making, Christmas, Holidays, Nestabilities, Stamping.

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