Fast does not have to mean that they will not be beautiful though, and Magenta stamps make that easy. If you want to see a few tips on mass producing your cards, hang in with me to the end of this post.
I adore this pinecone branch stamp, and also the beautiful Wishing you Peace Love Joy stamp, both designed by Nathalie. When I got the new stamp images to look at, I immediately circled these two. I knew I would make a card with them together.
If you are going to make multiples of the same card, it really helps to have at least one stamp platform. After aligning the stamp exactly where I want it, I leave the it in the stamp platform until I'm very sure I'm finished making as many of that card I want.
I stamped the pinecone branch image onto pieces of dark blue cardstock with Versamark ink. Through years of making many multiples of Christmas cards, I have learned that if you apply the embossing powder right away, you can wait to heat it while you stamp and powder several pieces. I usually do at least 4 or 5, and have done more before heating. I have never had any trouble with doing this.
The embossing powder I used was JudiKins Detail Silver.
I heated each batch, and stamped and powdered some more. If you are making multiples of a card, it's best to make all you need of each component before moving on to the next.
After stamping all of the pinecones, I cut them all out with a 3" circle die from the Hero Arts Infinity Circle die set. I tried to get more light on these so you can see how pretty the silver embossing is. I'm not sure I succeeded though. These are very pretty in real life.
I used the next larger circle in the set to cut circles out of silver glitter paper. Since I'm cheap, er..thrifty, I cut the centers out of all of the glitter circles. I can use those in another project. I made sure that the glitter frames I made have a wide enough surface area for my purposes, as these will go behind the blue circles to mat them.
Next, I cut out panels from white cardstock (using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die that cuts to 3.75" x 5") and positioned my sentiment toward the bottom center. Once I had it set up, it was easy to stamp as many as I needed. Last, I cut out the mats for the white panels, and I used the same dark blue cardstock as I used to stamp the Pinecone Branch.
Here's everything ready to be put together. I made a dozen of these cards. I was lucky enough to get to put these together while chatting with friends. Sometimes I use this time to listen to podcasts or music.
I used to make 80 of all the same design, but I would hate the card when I was finished. It's just too much to make 80 of the same anything, so I started making about 7 or 8 different designs each year. This also gives me a chance to use other beautiful Christmas stamps and dies.
Magenta Products used:
|09.261.K Pinecone Branch|
|07.1019.F Wishing you Peace Love Joy|
Other Products used:
Versafine Clair Blue Belle
JudiKins Detail Silver embossing powder
Papertrey Ink Enchanted Evening cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
DCWV Silver Glitter paper
Hero Arts DI 100 Infinity Nesting die set
Lawn Fawn LF 768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables