Thursday, November 11, 2021

How to Make 40+ Cute Handmade Cards In One Day! {No Kidding!}

I love to make handmade cards - you probably do to, or else you wouldn't be here reading this. You definitely want to keep reading if:

  • You love to create card sets to give away as gifts 
  • You like to have a big stash of cards handy for all occasions
  • You love the sense of accomplishment, looking at a big stack of cards you made
  • You send a LOT of cards
  • You're looking for a simple card layout to reproduce
In today's post I'll show you a quick and easy formula for creating lots of different cards using just a few simple supplies. In fact, I made 47 cards in one day using this simple process. Plus, this idea is easy to customize with whatever supplies YOU love to use. Are you ready to learn my secrets to bulk card making? Let's go!

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In today's post I'll show you a quick and easy formula for creating lots of different cards using just a few simple supplies. In fact, I made 47 cards in one day using this simple process. Plus, this idea is easy to customize with whatever supplies YOU love to use. Are you ready to learn my secrets to bulk card making? Let's go!
Today's cards began with two products in my stash - a 6x6 pad of patterned paper, and a package of premade die cut shapes

But let's pause here for a moment - don't have a 6x6 pad of paper? Then use sheets of 12x12, or adjust the measurements and use 8.5x11. Or better yet, pull out your box of scrap paper (I know you have one) and let's use that up. Don't have premade die cut shapes? Die cut some basic shapes, and stamp out some sentiments. Go through your embellishments and use what you have. 

I love to share my favorite products and deals with you, but I am ALL FOR being creative with what we have. Your cards won't likely look anything like mine - because you're going to put your own spin on it, and use what YOU love.  Okay. . . .onward we go. Throughout this post, you'll see some of the cards I created, but don't worry - I didn't take a photo of all 47 of them!
Today's cards began with two products in my stash - a 6x6 pad of patterned paper, and a package of premade die cut shapes.   But let's pause here for a moment - don't have a 6x6 pad of paper? Then use sheets of 12x12, or adjust the measurements and use 8.5x11. Or better yet, pull out your box of scrap paper (I know you have one) and let's use that up. Don't have premade die cut shapes? Die cut some basic shapes, and stamp out some sentiments. Go through your embellishments and use what you have.   I love to share my favorite products and deals with you, but I am ALL FOR being creative with what we have. Your cards won't likely look anything like mine - because you're going to put your own spin on it, and use what YOU love.  Okay. . . .onward we go. Throughout this post, you'll see some of the cards I created, but don't worry - I didn't take a photo of all 47 of them!

Step 1: Prep Your Paper

If you're starting with a 6x6 piece of paper, just cut it in half on the 3-inch mark. Then, cut each half into two pieces, one 4-inch piece, and one 2-inch piece. Easy peasy. Cut a big stack of pieces for mix-and-matchability. (Each card will take one 4-inch and one 2-inch piece.) Did you notice, there's NO paper waste in this project!? As an alternate, you can also cut the paper into 3x3-in squares, and use them in the same way. I tend to do both, depending on the paper stash I'm using!
Visit my blog to see my simple formula for bulk creating handmade cards, that are all different. If you're starting with a 6x6 piece of paper, just cut it in half on the 3-inch mark. Then, cut each half into two pieces, one 4-inch piece, and one 2-inch piece. Visit my blog to see the rest of the  instructions for this simple handmade card idea

Step 2: Fold Card Bases

Here we're going to use what we've got again. I dug through my cardstock and chose sheets that matched the colors of my patterned paper.  I supplemented with white cardstock for some cards too. Sometimes I stock up on pre-made cards when I catch them on sale, but use whatever you like! Obviously you'll want to cut and fold however many card bases you plan to create.

Step 3: Mix, Match and CREATE!

Now that we've gotten the busy work out of the way, it's time for the FUN PART. Grab two pieces of paper that look good together and center them on a card base - the pieces will overlap. Think about how the colors and patterns interact, so they aren't too busy together. Then spread all those delicious die cuts all over your desk and start pairing things together. 

You'll probably want a sentiment for each card, and then cluster together one, two or three images that work together. I glued all of these cards, rather than using foam squares, because they're easier to pop in the mail. But again - do what YOU love. 
Make a super simple handmade birthday card with 6x6 patterned paper, plus a few premade die cut shapes. This clean and simple idea is part of my formula for mass producing or bulk creating handmade cards. Stop by to see the simple instructions and lots of ideas like this one!
If you've looked at the cards in this post, you might realize that none of them REALLY look the same, do they? But they all follow the exact same formula. And that, my friends - is the magic. It's what makes the project simple and FUN.
Have you ever made 47 different cards in one day? Bulk creating handmade cards, or mass-producing is simple when you follow my easy formula. It makes creating FUN and simple. Visit my blog to see lots of ideas and inspiration, plus the simple steps to follow, and a list of the supplies - you probably have them in your crafty stash already!
Using ONE 6x6 pad, and ONE pack of premade shapes, I ended up with 47 cards. I'm not even kidding. Not too bad, huh?! I really do encourage you to use what you have for this project, but if you are interested in shopping, I do highly recommend the cute die-cut shapes and coordinating paper at Spellbinders. For today's cards I used the Wild Hello 6x6 Paper Pad, and the coordinating Wild Hello Die Cut Shapes

 Here's a peek at just some of the shapes in this particular pack:

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If you're in the market for a monthly club, the paper pack and die cut shapes are both included as part of Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Club. This monthly box of goodies includes stamps, dies, paper, embellishments and more. But you can also purchase the die cut shapes, and 6x6 pads a la carte in the Spellbinders shop. That's how I got the product for this particular project (although I've played with the full kits before too, and they are so much fun!) 
In today's post I'll show you a quick and easy formula for creating lots of different cards using just a few simple supplies. In fact, I made 47 cards in one day using this simple process. Plus, this idea is easy to customize with whatever supplies YOU love to use. Are you ready to learn my secrets to bulk card making?
You'll find a whole assortment of past Card Kits on clearance right now, if you'd like to try one out to see what they're like.
Making a whole stack of handmade cards can be simple and fun - stop by and see my easy formula for mass-producing a whole pile of different handmade cards for any occasion. Make card sets to give as gifts, or just add to your stash of handmade cards to give out. Stop by my blog to see a whole bunch of ideas, and all my tips for bulk creating cute handmade cards like this one!
So, what do you think? Does this simple card making idea sound like something you can handle? I'd love to see you try it out! Remember the formula - two prints of patterned paper, a sentiment, and a few die cut images, and you're all set to create a whole pile of cards! (Can you beat my record of 47?)
Here's all 47 cards I made, using a simple formula with patterned paper and simple die cut embellishments. I'd love to share all my tips and tricks for mass-producing handmade cards, so stop by and visit this blog post for all the card making details!
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4 comments:

Betty said...

As always wonderful ideas! I am not seeing how you are using the 2x3 inch pieces cut from the 6x6…am I just missing them?

Laura Williams said...

Betty - the 4x3 and 2x3 prints are overlapped on each card. Depending on which piece you put on top, gives a different look. I also use 3x3 pieces sometimes too, depending on the paper I'm using! I hope that helps! :)

Betty said...

Thanks, Laura, I get it now.

Cami J said...

I’m so doing this! I have plenty at home to work with. I just need a day. I didn’t see a link to buy a day on the blog! Lol
Jk I see holidays coming up so the day is just waiting for me. 😁