Good morning everyone
I hope you are well and if you are in the UK, you will probably be enjoying a wonderful little heatwave. And of course, what else should you do in a heatwave but make more Christmas cards!
Today I am sharing my process of mass producing a stencilled Christmas card. When I say mass producing, I am talking only 5 cards here – anything more than one card is mass production, right?
Warning! This is quite a long post, get a cup of tea or something stronger and get ready 🙂
Here is my card:
Now, I warn you, this was not quick, but it was quicker than if I had made 5 bespoke cards. The whole set probably took me about 2-3 hours, and the most important thing to remember in the whole process is that the more you do ahead of time, the easier it is.
I am going to do this post slightly differently, in steps. First of all, this was how I prepared for the project.
- Get all products you need out and ready – including tools and cleaning stuff. It is SO much quicker if you do this. Jumping up and down to the cupboard wastes valuable time!
- Go to the toilet before you start
- As you are in this for the long haul, get a cup of tea and be REALLY careful where you put it
- Put on some Christmas music
- Cut all panels to size (here I was very resourceful as I had loads of strips of 4″ cardstock left from other projects, so I made my panels 4″ x 5.5″)
- Prepare all card bases (4.25″ x 5.50″)
- Stamp and emboss all the greetings – and here I stamped the greeeting 5 times, added the powder 5 times, and then heat set one after the other – it doesn’t sound like it would save time, but it does.
- Cut the silver glitter strips to cover that little 0.5″ at the bottom of the card that your panel won’t cover as you have been ever so resourceful with your 4″ strips!
- Drink your tea which is now cold
- Go to the toilet again
That covers your preparation! Now for the compilation of the card….
- Take your stencil and ink blend all the images in that lovely blue colour in one go – here I did the snow mounds and the two block turquoise trees. Either heat dry or let the ink dry (I let it dry overnight because I had to go and make dinner – *sigh* – so annoying to have to break from the production line just to eat)
- I got up extra early to do the next bits before breakfast – does anyone else wake up thinking about their cards? Stencil the two stripey silver trees using Versamark ink. This is where the first problem occurred – because of the size of the stencil, I was not able to do them both in one go, I had to do them separately, which took extra time. I can’t think of a fix for that yet other than chopping up the stencil which I didn’t fancy doing. Remember to use your anti static tool before applying the ink….
- Stencil the little turquoise tree using Versamark ink and then add your gorgeous WOW teal glitter embossing powder and heat set. I actually stencilled and embossed each individual card but in hindsight I should have stencilled and heat embossed all 5 and then heat set in one go.
- When everything is set, get your snowfall stencil and start pasting! You need to secure your stencilled panel down to a craft mat first and then the stencil over the top. Add the paste using a palette knife – and always clean your knife and craft mat straight away (trust me it sticks and can be hard to get off, particularly on clothes if you drop it down you – ask me how I know). I also cleaned the stencil every two panels to make sure that the paste did not stick on the stencil, nor ruin the next card that was about to be done! You have to change your masking tape every few panels too as this gets mucky, so it’s a little fiddly but not too bad :). Then wait for the paste to dry. I had my breakfast (English breakfast muffins if you are interested, and you guessed it, a cup of tea) and looked at Instagram whilst waiting.
- Trim the completed dried stencilled panels (the snow scene stencil is slightly smaller than the actual panel so didn’t completely fill the width as you can see in the picture above)
- Adhere the silver strip to the bottom of the base card
- Adhere your completed pretty stencilled panel over the top
- Add foam adhesive to your sentiment and then pop it on top of the card.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my card and any other hints and tips you know of for mass production. If I am honest, I don’t like to mass produce as I like making individual cards but there are many plus points to mass producing, especially for Christmas. It is more time efficient, it’s great not to have to think of a new design every single time you create, you get good use out of all those lovely products you buy and you get to practice a technique over and over!
I hope you all have a great week, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts if you have it. Bye for now….
Snowfall – Memory Box Tiny Dots Stencil; Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste; Ateco palette knife
Sentiment – Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland; Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
Card panel/base – 300gsm white cardstock
Stencilled panel – Simon Says Stamp Christmas Scene Stencil; Broken China Distress Ink; Papermania Tinsel Silver Embossing Powder; Wow Totally Teal Embossing Glitter
General – Versamark Ink; Silver glitter paper; Foam Adhesive; Double sided adhesive tape;