I have another card making video for you guys today. It’s a bit long. I tried to speed things up but there are just so many things I tried to pack into this video that it did become 15 mins long even after all the speeding up + trimming. I hope you guys do stick around.
I had some old Recollections stamps set that I bought long time ago. May be a couple years ago! I did use these stamps for some small cards etc. But this time around I decided to play with it to make an autumn themed patterned paper. I used this patterned paper to make 5 cards. I might just make one more, but that’s for later :-)
I tried to look for the exact same stamp set online but did not find it. Here are some alternatives which I thought would work best for creating a similar look.
All these stamp sets have small nature themed images. You could also use some smaller stamps from other regular stamp sets you might have.
I wanted this paper to have several areas of smaller colors plus some subtle embossing. The outline leaf image provided just the right touch. I did think of heat embossing the acorn too, but gave up as I did not want to add too much extra effort and also did not want a strong color like brown to become overpowering due to the embossed effect. I wanted the embossing to be just enough and not really compete with other colors on the pattern.
Creating the paper took me about 10, may be 15, mins or so. I was able to make 5 cards out of it, so I think the effort was well spent :-)
For making the cards, I used SSS stitched rectangles dies. I have only one set of these and that means I have only some sizes. But since this is a symmetrical geometric pattern it is easy to manipulate sizes using the same dies in different ways. As you will see in the video, I even used it to cut diagonally on this card here. Just a fun way to get something extra out of the supplies I already have.
On three of these cards above, I used long scripty sentiments from SSS “Flowers on my mind” that came with the SSS March 2015 card kit. I don’t have large acrylic blocks that can accommodate these long sentiments and also if I didn’t get it right the first time (like I still often do), I would have messed up the whole card. So I used my favorite MISTI tool to stamp these sentiments.
On two of these cards, I used the painted hello die which came with the SSS October card kit. I die cut it once with cardstock and again with foam in matching color. That gives it a beautiful raised look without the extra fuss of cutting several layers and lining them up.
Here are some things that I learned for making multiple cards at once:
1. I decided to plan things out a little more up front which helped in not wasting time browsing pinterest for ideas while I was working on the cards.
2. I used similar embellishments. That way I didn’t have to spread out too many supplies and also it was quicker to perform similar steps.
3. I made the card bases ready all at once and also worked on cards with similar sentiments / stamps at once. Kind of line assembly line of manufacturing where a single step is performed multiple times before moving to next step.
Here’s the video where I put it all together. I hope you enjoy and get inspired. Please do leave me comments / thumbs up / subscribe to my blog + youtube channel. Your encouragement means a lot to me!