Making cards and other paper crafts is very enjoyable. Although, with busy schedules, sometimes we wish we had more time to craft.
I’m certainly not suggesting you “rush” crafting, but there are a few card making tips that can take care of some things beforehand.
When you don’t have very much time for card making or crafting, these hacks below will allow you some more creative time.
You can watch video video below or on YouTube for a more in-depth explanation.
Here are 11 Time Saving Hacks For Card Makers
Supplies I used:
Stamp positioner – https://amzn.to/2thULB6
Scan and Cut – https://amzn.to/2IaclvN
Embossing Powder – https://amzn.to/2JURpyt
Heat Gun – https://amzn.to/2JZKPGM
Paper Trimmer – https://amzn.to/2K52kSk
Stamps and Dies I used:
Hooray Die – http://shrsl.com/10ss9
Sentiment Stamp – http://shrsl.com/10ssc
Messages Stamp – http://shrsl.com/10ssh
Thanks Stamp – http://shrsl.com/10ssk
Flower Stamp – http://shrsl.com/10ssn
Multiple Flowers Stamp – http://shrsl.com/10ssr
Watercolor Paper 1 – http://shrsl.com/wsrz
Watercolor Paper 2 – http://shrsl.com/10ssw
You can take your ream of cardstock to a paper specialty store or office supply store to have then cut your paper for you. I only cut my white card bases and note cards because that it was I used most often. I cut my colored cardstock my hand when I need it.
Heat Embossing Sub-sentiments
When you have a stamp set like this or this funny sentiment stamp that has a bunch of great sentiments you know you’ll use later, I like to heat emboss them on white and black cardstock so I have a small stash to pull from. My must have heat embossing powder if you’re going to any, is this clear embossing powder, and this white embossing powder.
Work in Stages
When heat embossing, I like to ink up all my images, and then pour the embossing powder over them. Then when all of the stamped images are covered, I like to put this heat tool on them all at once to keep the heat tool hot.
Pre Die Cut Words
When I’m die cutting my favorite word sentiments, I like to die cut a couple extra to have on hand later, Then I keep the the extra in this storage pocket.
2 for 1 Cards
When I have a card with a really great design element or background, I can cut it in half with my paper trimmer or die cut out an element from it to make two cards.
Stamp Entire Background 8.5 x 11
Creating my own background with stamps is fun. If I want a set of cards, I stamp an entire 8.5 x 11 piece of paper to have on hand later.
Use Patterned Paper
I keep a small supply of patterned paper when I want an easy way to build scenes. I love using this watercolor cardstock for easy scene building.
When making multiple cards, my stamp positioner is my best friend.
Multiple Stamps on Multiple Blocks
If I’m using an acrylic block, I like to have all of my stamps on one block or multiple blocks to have them ready for stamping. That way, I can also clean them all at once.
Cut out Images to Color Later
I love my Scan and Cut. I stamp my images, cut them out with the scan and cut, and then color it in later when I have time.
Color One Marker At a Time ( if possible)
I like to use one color at a time and color all of the images with the color to help save time.