Christmas is fast approaching, but I was able to make and mail my holiday cards before it arrived. You still have time too! The way I see it, you still have time too if you have not sent any yet. I like to look at the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as a time to still receive those cards. The cards can be more generic and cover all holidays and the entire season that we all celebrate.
I made 30 cards in about 1.5 hours. I allotted 2 hours on Thursday morning to finish and was surprised I completed them 30 minutes before my goal! I was a card-making machine. I took photos of the stages to share how I create card multiples efficiently. I did not photograph the first step, which involved cutting each 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock sheet (15 sheets) in half at the 4.25″ mark on the 8.5″ width side to get my 30 card bases. Then, I scored each card base at 5.5″ using my Scor-Pal. That process took about 10 minutes or so to complete.
Stamp wreath in black in on all card fronts (top center). Time: 10 minutes
Stamp wreath berries in red ink on all card fronts to coordinate with wreath branches. Time: 10 minutes
Stamp sentiment on all card fronts in black ink. Time: 10 minutes
Stamp card greeting on card inside on all card fronts. Careful – make sure you stamp on the correct side of cardstock. Made this mistake 6 times and had to re-do 6 cards! Time: 10 minutes
Stamp card backs with your signature handmade stamp. Time: 10 minutes
Dry emboss woodgrain pattern on all card fronts. This took about 20 minutes and I got an arm workout!
Add stickles to wreath. The stickles did cause the ink to bleed a bit, but that taps into the icy winter season, right?!. This took about 5 minutes. DONE!
Here are all the cards all finished! I was so thrilled at this point that they were all finished so quickly!
Here is the finished card. It’s a very simple, one-layered card that’s perfect for mailing with a single stamp via first class mail. To take it up a notch, I thought the dry embossing was an important element to include.
Stamping the inside also helped me with the card stuffing process. All I had to do was sign them!
And of course I couldn’t resist adding a trademark stamp to the back just in case if people were wondering where on Earth did I find the card…it is handmade! The final step included stuffing them into A2 envelopes, addressing them, and adding the postage stamp! Those final steps took me about an hour to complete but that’s because I had to go buy stamps from the automated postal machine at my local post office and look up addresses here and there! There’s still time! Make a quick New Year’s Day card to send to your friends and family!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas! I’ll be back on Monday with a Mini Album post to share!