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10 Tips for Creating in Bulk / Batches –How to Optimize Cardmaking for Holiday Efficiency

Here’s a secret: Creating beautiful cards can be very relaxing! Sitting down, making something with your own hands, and having something beautiful to share with your loved ones are all reasons why many papercrafters (hobby and professional) enjoy what we do.

When the holidays happen, though, stress can go through the roof. There are a million things to do, and sitting down and being creative can often get pushed aside. How many cards do you have to make?? You can do it. This is definitely possible, and you can remain relaxed, too.

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See below for tips on how to optimize holiday card creation and make it easier for your friends and family to think “they definintely have their life together and got this adult thing down pat.”

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10 Tips for Creating Greeting Cards in Bulk:

1. Determine how many cards you think you’ll need.

Add 10% to that number. Seriously. Because we all do it — we send off our beautiful cards, and then realize we forgot to send one to Aunt Martha!

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I make a list by making 4 columns: Family, Friends, Crafters, and Professional Contacts. Whoa! Under each column, I just start writing out who I’d like to send a card to. Going through your address book or phone contacts can help with this.

2. Design using simpler elements.

Sometimes less is more, and I wrote a tutorial for cards using this motto. And I know you can make a less complicated card look amazing and festive! One and two layer cards can be magnificent. Limit your fussy-cutting, or try to find a punch that would work well.

holiday card with sheltering tree

Keeping a card Clean And Simple (CAS) can help you make a gorgeous winter card and make life easy for you!

3. Design a card that you love.

I can’t stress this one enough. If you are making a stack of these cards, LOVING the card will make it easier for you to WANT to work on them, and then you’ll feel proud to send them to your friends and family. This card can be your prototype while you efficiently create your giant stack of cards!

Need some ideas? Check out my pinterest board for holidays!Β Or follow me on Instagram, where I post many of my holiday cards!

4. Get and compile all of the supplies you’ll need.

I try to keep supplies for a specific project together in a box or on a table. A minute of organization can save you five minutes later. When you are ready to work on your cards, everything will be ready for you to start. Looking for what you need can be distracting!

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Still need supplies? Please consider getting your supplies through me. I’m an independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator, and love to help people find what they need for their projects. Do you have enough adhesive? Enough bling? I got you covered!

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5. Do you have a single slow step because something needs to dry, or can be really messy and has to be done away from your desk?

Do this element first! When I made these quick holiday cards, I created multiple sheets of glossy red and green with alcohol inks. This is the bottleneck for time on this card, so if making multiples, create a bunch of sheets!

6. Use the right tools.

Using the right tools is the best way to make your project look good while saving you time. Do you have a Stamparatus? Or a Cricut? These are REALLY amazing tools when it comes to creating multiple cards at once!

Stamparatus

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7. Get the most out of your supplies.

A cardbase is half of a 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, so you can get 2 cardbases from one sheet.

Save your scraps for when you are using the same color on a different card. Check out these tutorials where I show how to use scraps efficiently: blissful blooms, birthday cards,Β andΒ Broadway Star.

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These bulbs were punched from a rainbow of scraps

Stamping the same image for all of the cards? Stamp them all at once on just a few pieces of cardstock, like I did here for some baby shower invitations:

storks stamped in multiple for efficiency

8. Assembly lines can save you SO much time.

Doing one step for all of your cards at once can save you time pulling out and putting away your tools, cleaning your stamps, etc. Cutting your ribbon all at once can make this project faster.

This assembly line can be seen in this post, where I created a stack of Happy Crafting cards:

9. Create your cards over multiple days.

Feel accomplished everytime you sit down by having the goal to finish ONE step. Did you cut all your cardbases? Fantastic! Maybe the next step can be to cut next layer. Maybe the next day can be to stamp each card.

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Taking your bulk cardmaking one step at a time can keep you from feeling overwhelmed, and you can enjoy your crafting and feel good about your product.

10. Cut yourself some slack.

You are doing great. Enjoying what you are doing is important. Take a break if you get frustrated, get a mug of hot cocoa, and return for a fresh start. When your mind is relaxed, it’s easier to be creative.

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How many cards do you make for the holidays? I’d love to hear the number you strive for each year, so leave a comment below! Are you already done or just getting started? Don’t worry, you have time!

If you don’t already, follow my blog! I’ll be posting holiday cards along with tutorials for the next few weeks to hopefully inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by during this busy holiday season! Happy Crafting!

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