Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Multiple Cards anyone?

One day last week I was asked by two different people how many cards I create at one time.  I said I almost always do only one at a time.  This got me thinking... I think I have only sent one (yes, one!) card to anyone in the last six years or so. Other people make more than one at one time?
I make my cards and I keep them as my "samples" and I guess I don't want to part with them.  I just plain LIKE making cards!  I have had people want to buy my cards but I have always suggested that I teach them how instead (I did have someone strongly pressure me to sell her one of my cards because it "was the perfect card and I need one tomorrow" - which I ultimately did and I charged her a whopping $2).

I have given a stack of cards as a gift and my intentions are always that I give more card gifts. But... why don't I make more than one?  I know that I waste a lot of paper creating a card and I usually have a half dozen or so "false starts" before I end up with something I like. It also takes me hours to make just one!

My challenge to myself was to make several at one time and find a design and just stick with it.

I started with the card I made a couple of hours earlier (the Christmas Dove).  I decided that I really didn't like the leaves I added (put on because of the sketch challenge I was entering).   Here is my first batch:

Okay, I'm on a roll..I should be in bed but I have more ideas that I want to work on... So here was my second card (closeup at the top of this post):

This was heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then sponged with Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. I rubbed the ink around in a circle with an extra sponge (so I didn't contaminate the colors) to be able to blend the colors a little more. I then stamped the background words from the Stampin' Up! Flores Suaves set (to be discontinued at the end of May). Of course I rubbed off any ink that was on the embossed image.

Yes, I should have gone to bed (the sun will be up soon....) but I wanted to do one more while I was "rollin'".  This one needs to be quick and easy. Here is the result of that one:

This was stamped (Inspired by Nature) in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment (from Service & Sacrifice) and punched it out using the Decorative Label Punch,. And ... I made several of them:

Well, I'm tired but I DID IT!!! I actually made several of the same card at the same time!!

What do you do?  Do you make one at a time?  Do you make a bunch at a time? A combination of both?

Do you give card sets as gifts? Do you sell your cards? Do you send handmade cards at various times during the year? Do you have a "stash" of cards ready to send out as you need them?


  1. Beautiful card Karin these are techniques I have not tried yet as I am pretty new at this but I really like how they look. thanks for sharing.

  2. Your cards are beautiful. I make multiples for craft shows, ones I really like I just keep 1 then I can see what I did. Barb C

  3. Hello, great cards! I make one of each and take pictures to keep and label who it was sent to. I will sometimes make several of same card but change the colors scheme or one thing so they are not Identical. I do plan on making some cards sets to give this year as gifts. I also participate in swaps and send cards instead of buying them for all occasions. I really can't remember the last time I bought a card. I do sell sets of cards at times, but don't push it to sell them. I just like making cards, plain and simple.....
    The Cardphile Lady, Chris B. Texas

  4. Karin, I love your cards. Do share them with others, they would bring the recipient so much joy! I only make multiples for swaps. Never have time to make extras but I would like to so that I would have some on hand ready to send when needed, sympathy, get well, etc. Keep on stampin'.

    Patty in Indiana

  5. Wonderful done on your cards Karin......I use to make more than one card but working full-time and only weekend to create it works out that I'm only doing one these days!

    Besides I had belonged to a card group and have several on hand that I just donate the cards mostly now.