Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping, Uncategorized

Start Your Stack! How To Get A Jump Start On Your Handmade Card Stash

It’s a great idea to have several handmade cards pre-made and on-hand for every occasion in your stack!  Today I’m going to share three handmade birthday cards, and share some tips on starting your year off with handmade cards in your stack, ready to give!  You’ll be ahead of the card game for the year and be ready for those occasions that surprise us all!

Hey everyone!  It’s Carissa Wiley here with you today.  I have some great ideas to jump-start your stack (of handmade cards) for the year.  I think getting ahead in the game is a great idea to help us feel better prepared for the events that tend to sneak up on us.  In fact, one of my goals for the year is to be better about sending handmade cards to family and friends for their birthdays!  I’m notoriously behind on that!

We all know that moment when your kid walks in a says, “Mom, do you have a birthday card I can use?”  I’m trying to avoid the scramble game by getting ahead.  And it kinda feels like I’m starting my year off on the right foot.

In today’s video, I’ll be walking you through the creation of three birthday cards and talking about some tips for starting your stack.  I’ve tried to keep these cards on the generic side, which allows me to use them for any birthday that might sneak up on me.  If you have particular people in mind, you can alter your strategy a little to make sure you have unique cards for each person.

Here’s a few tips for getting a start on your stack.

  1. Work ahead.  Pre-assemble pieces of cards.  You can work ahead by assembling die cuts, die cut sentiments or pre-stamping and die cutting sentiments.  If you don’t have a particular card in mind, you’ll have some sentiments ready to pull out and slap on a card in the future.  This is a great way to kick start creativity when you’re feeling a little less than creative.
  2. Create some creative boundaries.  Pick a theme and create several cards at once.  I’ve chosen a birthday card theme.  Not all of my cards are exactly the same, but I’ve limited the products I’m using and was able to create three cards very quickly.
  3. Stick to one thing you know well.  Choose something you’re familiar with for your jumping off point.  I didn’t rack my brain about what colors to use.  I know the palette I chose well, which helps me create quickly.  I could have chosen a tried and true layout instead, or a technique that I really enjoy.  But I don’t want to try something that’s completely new to me at this point.  Sticking to something I know and using different products with it is a sure fire way to guarantee success.
  4. Mix it up.  Use the same products and create multiple layouts.  These three cards were creating using the same stamp and die sets.  I’ve mixed up the images and the layouts to create three different cards.

I hope these tips help you get started on your stack for the year.  And I hope you found some creative inspiration in the card projects I’m sharing with you today!

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time, I hope you have a fabulous day!



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R20, R21, R22, R24, YR00, YR01, YR02, BG000, BG53, YG41, YG45, W00, W0, W2, E30, E31, E35


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  • Reply Chris January 15, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Thank you! This has to be my favorite all-time craft video. You’re so right about setting creative boundaries. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed trying to make a simple birthday card. I need to get ten or so CAS layouts, put them in a folder and stick to using them to build up my stash. Your cards will be the first ones in there.

  • Reply Pat McCleary January 15, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Great tips for adding cards to your stash. I love that little racoon. These are all so cute and I can see how limiting your supplies can be a big help. Thanks for sharing. I made 3 cards this week for family who have birthdays very close together. I’m not telling you how long I spent but nothing was repeated on any card and I was hours finishing them.

  • Reply Jen F January 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Awesome tips! Love the squirrel

  • Reply gigi1754 January 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Carissa, the joy in your voice during your opening is so infectious! It always makes me smile! I agree, if you have too many options it can make you feel overwhelmed. Great cards!

  • Reply deeberman January 17, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Great ideas….loved all three equally!!!!

  • Reply Betty Sue January 17, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I love all your cards! Raccoon card is my fav!!!

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