One Card: Five Ways

Saturday, November 28, 2015

If you ever make Christmas cards, or do any kind of production stamping you know how it goes... 

"Oh, this card will be simple, I can put together 10 or 20 cards in no time at all."

"Wow, that was a lot of cutting, but now the fun part... I love stamping."

"My hand is cramping. Just 5 more to go, I can do this."

"I never want to see another piece of this background paper ever again."

Creating multiple cards starts out fun, but there is a point where it turns tedious. When every recipient is getting a single card, it's important to do your best work on every piece, but it can tend to wear on you when you have to duplicate the same item over and over.

I solve my problem by getting a little creative at the end, during the final assembly and embellishment steps. This allows me to work quickly in the initial cutting and stamping, when you have lots of energy. It also saves time so you don't have to make lots of decisions, just cut and stamp assembly line style.

But by the time I am ready to add adhesive and put the pieces together, I'm getting pretty burned out, and my creative mojo is demanding some variety. This is where I kick in the "alternate options." Using the same pieces, the same layout, I make small tweaks so I don't lose interest. It keeps my creative brain happy, but it doesn't take much more time.

Tak this gorgeous White Pines Cardmaking Kit from Close to My Heart. With everything you need but adhesive and inks, you can quickly cut, stamp and assemble 15 cards. The kit comes with paper, cards and envelopes, a stamp set, embellishments and easy to follow instructions. You will make 5 cards each of three designs. 

I decided to try my little trick on this kit, by following the exact directions until it came time to assemble and embellish. I chose not to alter the design by rearranging any of the pieces, or add any additional items. The cards still look similar, but the little tweaks were just enough to keep my creative brain happy. 

Here is the card as designed by Close to My Heart.

Super cute, right? If you are into hidden pictures and "Where's Waldo" type of games, don't read the text above each photo and see if you can spot the differences.


For the next card, I flipped the patterned paper piece, and wrapped Fern Thick Twine vertically.

For card #3, I added pen detailing around the red cardstock, and instead of using staples on the twine as directed, I tied knots at each end and attached with a glue dot.

Card #4 had some distressing with Desert Sand ink. I also used the back side of the patterned paper and wrapped the twine around the piece, securing at the back of the patterned paper before attaching it to the card front.

For card #5 I used sandpaper to "white distress" the colored cardstocks. I also used two staples instead of one to attach the twine, and skipped the knot.

How about you? Do you ever change up the design to keep things interesting? Leave me a comment and let me know how you make production stamping more fun. Also, let me know which one is your favorite version of my White Pines cards!

November Stamp of the Month

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Long time, no post! I seem to be having a hard time keeping up with my blog of late, I will try to get a little more on schedule soon. Thanks to all my readers who are hangin' in there and continuing to check in on my blog.

The November Stamp of the Month, Cheers 2016 is now available until the end of November. You can get it for the full retail price of $17.95. If you purchase $50 in CTMH products you will qualify to purchase this set for just $5!

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