Cardmaking in Bulk: Same Same or Different?

Lately I've been making lots of cards in bulk. In the last month or so I've made 6 we're moving cards, 12 teacher appreciation cards, and 18 farewell to friends cards. So it's fair to say I've learned a thing or two about how to go about doing this as quickly and easily as possible, which is good because now I've got a bunch of thankyou cards to make too!!

My first trick is to keep them to a smaller size - that means there's less real estate to fill up. I like to do 4x4" folded cards because it's easy to cut these out of 12x12" cardstock and get four to each sheet.

The next trick is to figure out a design that doesn't include too many elements, and then just do one part of the design on all the cards, progressively moving through them. For example, for these cards I started off by stamping 8 mice and cutting them out. Then I did 8 flower-beds. Next I did 8 speech bubbles.... you get the idea!

My dilemma with bulk cardmaking is always this.... do I make every single card exactly the same, or do I change it up each time? Making them the same is certainly the easiest and the quickest route. Once you've figured out the original design you don't have to do any more decision-making. But it does slightly bore me creatively!

In my video today I'm going to share with you my solution as I show you the process behind these cards. It's about keeping the same overall design, but just changing one thing each time. It's the best of both worlds!

Products Used: 

Neat and Tangled Schoolhouse Stamps
Neat and Tangled Schoolhouse Dies
Neat and Tangled Bloom Stamps
Neat and Tangled Bloom Dies
Neat and Tangled Square Thoughts Stamps
Neat and Tangled Square Thoughts Dies
Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies Stencil 
Neat and Tangled Fairy Garden Sequin Mix
Neat and Tangled Lucky Stars Dies

You are the Sprinkles on my Donut with Lexa Levana

Hello everyone! Lexa here today to share a lovey dovey card with adorable images from the Say Yes To Donuts stamp set. I choose two donuts with a boy and a girl peeking, aren't they the cutest?

I stamped all my images with black Versafine ink and watercolor them using Distress Markers. I picked some matching patterned papers and played with the layout for today. I personally think this pink and brown color combination goes really well with the theme, sweet! I die cut the Heart of Gold die in the middle, through the card base, so it created a heart shaped hole.
Inside the card, I layered the outline of geometrical heart on top of the same pink cardstock I used on the fishtail banner. I white embossed the sentiment on a piece of vellum and adhered it with some glossy accents over the heart. That's how I added some texture and dimension to this card.

To finish my card I added some of pretty pink sequins in various sizes. I really hope you like today's card and inspiration. I will see you next week. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you all have an amazing day!

You're a Gem with Sharna Waksmulski

Hello Neat & Tangled friends! I am so excited to be joining you today!

I have a shaker card featuring the new set, You're a Gem. I often need thank you cards & cards for crafty friends so I absolutely fell head over heals for the sentiments in this one.
I watercolored the background in a soft pastel rainbow. The gems I white heat embossed and using the same shades as the background colored them in as well. I cut the frame to leave a small boarder around the edge so the background is continous across the cardbase. I filled the shaker with the gems as well as the sparkling rainbow sequin mix from Lucy's little things.
Finally, I adheared the panel to a 100lb cardstock base & gave it a good shake!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Summer Sale!

Hello friends!

We love summer, and we love a good sale, so let's have a summer sale!

Code is good now through July 23, 2017 at 11:59pm EST!

Happy shopping!

You're An Awesome Friend with Keeway

Hi there! It's Keeway here and today I wanted to share another card featuring the July Release of the oh-so-cute Schoolhouse set. I love this set so much! One of my favorite things about this set is its versaility. It might be a school-themed set, but you can make this little mouse write any sentiment you want, which means you can make it fit any type of card you need!

I stamped my images in hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I then die cut all the images with the coordinating Schoolhouse Nice and Neat dies.

On white cardstock, I blended Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey distress inks. I really wanted a large sentiment to work with so I decided to use the Awesome Nice and Neat Dies to pair with my sentiment from the Schoolhouse set. I die cut the 'Awesome' three times out of white cardstock and adhered them together. It creates a beautiful depth to the sentiment. On a black cardstock then I die cut a dome shape out of, I also die cut the outline of awesome to get the inverse shape -- the coolest thing about these dies! And to finish the full sentiment, I heat embossed 'You're an' and 'friend' in white. I simply used a post-it to mask off any portion of the sentiment that I didn't need.
And finally, now that all the pieces are ready, I assembled them all onto my ombre background as if the little mouse writing the sentiment!

Thanks for joining me today and hope to see you next time!

Thankful Autumn with Kay

Hello! I'm here to share a card with you that I did with some fun Neat & Tangled products! I know, I know, it's another fall card. I figure if people can make Christmas cards all year, then I can make fall cards all year too :) Besides, it seems like Christmas sneaks up on us so fast, that Fall kind of gets squished out and left behind. Can't have that now!

For this card, I'm using the Triangle Patterned Builder diesMaple Leaves Journaling Card, and Maple Thanks. The paper is from Doodle Bug Design.

I started by cutting  a lot of the smallest triangles from the Triangle Pattern Builder Dies,  out of the fall colored patterned papers. I then drew a diagonal line across my white card base, and started piecing my quilt design. Once I had one row down against the line, lining up the other pieces by eye was a chinch!

After I got all of my pieces glued down, I stamped the sentiments from the Maple Leaves Journaling card along the edges of some of the squares. Then I cut the Maple Thanks die out of white card stock and glued that down at an angle.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed my card!

Kay :)

Swirly Twirly Stencil Waves Background

Hi there! It's Cheiron here with my monthly post. This week I am sharing a card with an adorable elephant from the Beach Day set on a background of "waves" made with the Swirly Twirly stencil. This background is super easy to make using a mono print technique with Distress Oxides and stencils.

To begin, I took my stencil and Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean.

Then I pressed the inks into the stencil with the Distress Oxides, I find it easiest to apply a little twist while pressing them down so the ink comes out of the pad easier.

Once my inks were on the stencil, I gave them a few spritzes of water, until I could see it beading up on the back of the stencil. When the stencil was inked up and sprayed with water, I turned it over and pressed it down onto a panel of watercolor card stock to make a monoprint. I placed a paper towel over it to blot any excess and then removed the paper towel and stencil.

I love the look of this background, and think it looks just like waves! I hope you will try it out for yourself :)
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