I had a project for a friend that involved 100 cards.. yes I said ONE HUNDRED. This was a mix of cards for various occasions .. birthdays, welcome cards, congratulations on a new baby .. all the usual kind of things you like to have on hand.
This project was a mutual thing, I wanted to practice my card making and not have a tonne of blog project cards hanging around and she wanted cheap but unique cards to send out. Win Win for both of us, she covered the cost of materials and so… we had a project !
One of the things we had to bear in mind was the materials.. as card makers we all know how much money we can pile onto just one card LOL. We forget about the hidden extras like foam padding, glues, printer costs etc…. and of course the inevitable Foobahs, where we have to start over from scratch and it ends up in the trash bucket. And of course anyone who doesn’t craft is clueless to the time and money that goes into one card
.. let alone 100 LOL
I have a set of rectangular dual stitched Lil’Inkers dies that played a big part in this project. She needed some simple “welcome” cards that were suitable for any age, sex or cultural background. These dies were perfect for a super simple but attractive card set, that not only look good, but also let me use up a bunch of my scrap card stock too.
This is a close up to show how I used the dies to make a nested rectangle background ….which I then mixed and matched in various color themes and added a “welcome” sentiment to. The Welcome die was a Gina Marie, but is currently unavailable.
I mixed these up between plain and simple die cuts and some hand stamp/ digital stamps and colored images. I think the set came out rather well. Every card is unique and some were left sentiment free so she could pick and choose what occasions to use them for or just because they didn’t really need it.
These ones feature the Gina Marie X stitched dies and the Gina Marie stitched rectangular dies and some bugaboostamps that were just perfect for this set. These one I used with a polka dot base card from Michaels, which is rather cute. The images are colored with pencil and blended with alcohol to give a soft almost watercolor, feel to them.
Of course I threw in a bunch of my project cards too, even though most of them were NOT quick and simple cards, I would rather someone got some enjoyment from them rather than have them gather dust on my shelves. So she got hold of some of my past Bloobel stamps, Sheri Baldy, Scrapper’s Delights and Cute As A button project cards too.
The dual stitched nested dies is a great way to use up scrap card and build up a stash of nested frames… which you can simply add a sentiment to or add in a center panel image of your choice. Great way to use up your scraps bucket too, so keep those scraps and then crank out some blanks on your Sizzix Bigshot, or whatever you use… and put them in a box for projects like this.
They work great for smaller note sets too and I have a fab cut file for a chunky envelope from Myscrapchick which is perfect for those. It was designed for the layered deep cards that won’t fit in a regular flat envelope, but work perfectly for a 10 set of note cards and envelopes too ..and it makes a fab gift for someone. ** keep an eye out on my blog for discounts and sales at MyScrapchick These are another great one to have on hand, I set my Cricut Explore off cutting these while I prepared dinner one night and I have a stack of precuts waiting to be assembles as needed.
Last year I made a Christmas card note set for a friend and mailed them to her in the chunky envelope inside a bubble envelope..and they reached their destination in perfect shape 🙂
Once you get started and have a theme/idea ..it’s really not such a huge task as it sounds when you say 100 cards. You can make very pretty notecards sets quickly and without costing a fortune. They make great gifts…. go on try it…. it’s fun and will put a smile on the recipients face 🙂
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