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Making Bulk Cards

It’s high time I stop neglecting this pretty much non existent blog and share something! I thought in honor of Mandala Day I will share some tips about making bulk Thank You cards, that I have learnt over the year as I have made multiple sets of them.

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  1. The more the cards, the simpler the design: when making any where between 25 to 200 cards, you don’t want to spend an hour per card!
  2. Use more diecuts and basic stamping: again this will just make it quicker to finish the card. I do most of my diecutting at the same time and also use my MISTI for stamping.
  3. Avoid intricate dies and stamps: this will also help with saving time as intricate dies have to be run through a few times, same with the stamps, they many need to be inked up more than once. If you want to cut out the stamped images, simple images can be fussy cut on the go.
  4. Color on the go: this let you use those few free minutes during the day to make progress on your cards.
  5.  Same design, different colors: use background and turn-about stamps to create a variation in your cards by changing out ink colors.
  6. Create an assembly line: instead of completing one card at a time, complete each step at a time. Die cutting, stamping, coloring, embossing and assembling separately will not only save you time, but will break the task down into smaller more manageable pieces allowing you to clean up in between and not have everything out at the same time!
  7. Lastly, assemble on the go (or on your couch): I personally like to do this step on the go during lunch break or waiting for an appointment. All you need are your components and some adhesive!

IMG-3169Now that I have shared my tips, time to share my most recent set of thank you cards! I used products from Pretty Pink Posh and Right at Home, and created these cards inspired by Crystal from Crystal Thompson Designs.

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Here are the steps that I followed to make these cards :

  1. Created card bases and cut paper for layers.
  2. Diecut layers and vellum circles.
  3. Stamped back of card with my personal stamp and the inside of the card with longer sentiment.
  4. Stamped the background using my MISTI.
  5. Added flickers using my gamsai tambi water colors and a round brush.
  6. While the flickers dried I stamped the “thank you” sentiment in versamark ink and added embossing powder. I heat set them all at once.
  7. With all the stamping and die cutting done, I took all the components with me to my car repair appointment and stuck them together while waiting for there.

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Products used :

Pretty Pink Posh // Geraniums

Pretty Pink Posh // Thank You Script Die

Impress Cards and Crafts // Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Impress Cards and Crafts // Versamark

Simon Says Stamp // Intense Black Die Ink

Right at Home // Find the Beauty Die Set

Micheals // Gold Embossing Powder

Amazon // Tonic Studios Layering Basic Circle Dies

Here are some order cards that I made multiples of, unfortunately I didn’t take a picture so some of them till there weren’t many left!

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(Products used : Simon Says Stamp Thankful Heart, Rhine stones, Random papers, VersamarkSilver Embossing Powder)

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(Products used : Lawn Fawn Lawn Large Stitched Square Stackables, Dahlia Turnabout stamp set, Intense Black Die InkMany Mandalas) These are square, 5 x 5 cards.

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(Products used : Thank You Script Die, Wild Rose Stamp Set, Intense Black Die InkArteza Real Brush Pens) These are smaller, 3 x 5 cards.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post helps you if you need to make a bulk set of cards!

Happy Crafting!

Farhana

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Stitched Cards

Stitched backgrounds and word die cuts

Does anyone else feel that their weekends tend to be busy than weekdays! I was going to share some last minute Ramadan cards today, but that isn’t happening as I am still putting them together! So instead I am sharing some cards that I sent out yesterday with happy mail (yes I made it to the post office!)

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Have you caught the stitching bug yet? I’ve been stitching since last summer, and I am OBSESSED! I take it with me everywhere, flights, road trips, lunch breaks, literally everywhere as I have a little pouch in my purse ALL THE TIME! But some how I never seem to finish them into cards, so that was the challenge to my self this weekend, and I think I’m happy with what I made!

Since the stitched background is itself a show stopper, I decided to keep the rest of the card relatively simple and use some sentiment dies to finish them off.

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For the first card, I used the “get well soon” die from Pretty Pink Posh, I stacked them and added some glossy accents to add some dimension. I also added a cherry blossom die cut (to cover up the fact that I didn’t center the die cuts).

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On the second card, I cut out the “hugs” word from the Hugs Shaker Die, stacked them too, this time ending with a glitter layer on the top. I had a colored fuchsia left over from a different card and added that to finish it off.

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Lastly, I used two sentiment sets from Pretty Pink Posh to finish this card, I didn’t stack the die cuts on this card, but I thought that they looked just as good!

Do you stitch on your cards? If so please share your favorite die in the comments along with how you finish them into a card!

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Products used :

Pretty Pink Posh // Flourishing Florals

Pretty Pink Posh // Hugs Shaker Die

Pretty Pink Posh // Lovely Script Die

Pretty Pink Posh // Get Well Soon Script Die

Pretty Pink Posh // Cherry Blossoms Stamp Set

Pretty Pink Posh // Scallop Frames Dies

Impress Cards and Crafts // Nuvo Watercolor Pencils (Brilliantly Vibrant)

Impress Cards and Crafts // Nuvo Aqua Flow Pen (in glitter gloss)

Kraftgali// Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die

Simon Says Stamp // Intense Black Die Ink

Happy Crafting!

Farhana

Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak!

And welcome to my tiny creative corner in the blog world! Why (re)start blogging at one of the busiest times of the year for me? Well, for one they say it takes 21 days to create a habit, so if I manage to share everything we go throughout this month, I’ll easily get to 21 days! And secondly, a conversation with a friend inspired me to blog what I do during Ramadan to share and hopefully inspire everyone else to get creative to make Ramadan special for your family and little ones!

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Let’s start today with a Ramadan card made with mostly non Ramadan products. We took a box of dates to give to A’s daycare teacher, and I had to have a card with it!

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It also gave me a chance to try out some new color pencils that I got as a gift over the weekend! Thanks for helping me stick to my “no purchase” challenge K!

Products used :

Pretty Pink Posh // Flourishing Florals

Pretty Pink Posh // Scallop Circles Dies

Impress Cards and Crafts // Nuvo Watercolor Pencils (Brilliantly Vibrant)

Impress Cards and Crafts // Nuvo Aqua Flow Pen (in glitter gloss)

Altenew // Ramadan Greetings

Amazon // Solabela Mumbai Pencil Set

Simon Says Stamp // Intense Black Die Ink

Thanks for reading and hope you all have a blessed month!

Farhana