We can all agree that the last few months of the year are a whirlwind of activity. During these hectic days it can be hard to get any crafting projects done, so I’m here with some tips for streamlining your cardmaking process while giving yourself time to get creative.
- Autumn Die Collection – September Harvest – 1432E
- Layering Basics – Mixed Edge Rectangles – 1457e
- Tangerine Machine With Plates 138E
- Kraft,White, Glitter and other fall colors of Cardstock
- Plaid Scrapbook paper
- Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive – 200N
- Foam Squares
- Thankful Stamp (Target 2016)
- Versamark Pad
- EK Success Powder Tool
- Glitter Embossing Powder – Gold Enchantment – 596N
- 6″ Mini Guillotine – 809 – 150E
- Glitter Drops – Honey Gold – 762N
- Nuvo Crystal Drops Collection – Gloss Simply White – 651n
- Tape runner
One huge time saver is to gather up all of your favorite themed elements, in this case fall, in a box or tray for easy access throughout a particular season. This can be very helpful! If you do a little prep work at the beginning of the season, it makes it so much easier to sit down when you have a spare moment and dive right in.
The easiest way for me to work is to pre-cut a bunch of basic elements, such as card bases, tags, banners, or background layers. This helps me get the most out of my papers, and I can mix and match as I go to create a batch of coordinating cards all at once. The scalloped rectangles from the layering basics set are one of my favorite things to pre cut.
For my first card I grabbed one of my pre cut rectangles and chose a leaf die that fit nicely in the center. Be sure to use a little tape to hold it in place before running it through your Tangerine machine.
With a few quick snips on the guillotine I sized down some plaid paper for my A2 sized card, and applied several foam squares to the back of my leaf layer to make it stand out.
Time to glue on a simple twine bow.
Then add some Nuvo drops and you’re done! What a quick and simple card!
The next card has a few more layers than the first. One cool feature of these leaf die sets is that you can make silhouettes or more complex layers all from the same set. I chose to do the wheat stalk in copper glitter and kraft papers.
Once you have the two layers you can glue them together with the glue pen. It makes it so easy to get into all the tiny detailed areas.
I found the perfect fall sentiment on a “cut apart” scrapbook paper page to serve as my central layer. I attached that to a plaid scalloped rectangle with some tape runner, then covered the back of the plaid side with foam squares. I am a bit of a foam square addict.
Attach the wheat with a glue pen, add another simple twine bow and you’re done!
On this last card I tried to break away from my usual symmetrical approach by angling the scalloped rectangle layer across the corner of the card. I decided on the placement, then flipped it over on my 6″ guillotine for a quick trim.
I added another plaid layer to carry the theme through my final card and placed the angled rectangle over it. (No foam squares this time!) Then I treated a small area with my powder tool to prep for stamping.
Using a Versamark pad I stamped “thankful” as a clear watermark, then covered it with Gold Enchantment embossing powder.
I reached for my pile of assorted pre-cut leaf shapes to find one that fit the space perfectly, then added a simple bow.
And of course, my finishing touch is two different colors of Nuvo drops to bring everything together.
I hope this gives you some ideas to fit in a few quick crafting sessions before Thanksgiving arrives! Happy Crafting!