Welcome to another Cardz 4 Guyz biweekly challenge# 289 chosen by Pamela. The theme, love cards, is wide open for interpretation and inspiration. After all, C4G encompasses all ages. When you finish here, I hope you will jump over to the challenge site. There’s so much inspiration from the design team, and I don’t want you to miss it.
I have been making Valentine’s Day cards for my 5 year old and 4 year old great-nieces and my 2 year old great-nephew to exchange with classmates. There’s a total of 50 cards, so I’ve been busy.
Here’s my “love card” for my great-nephew’s Valentine’s exchange card:
Here’s the back:
- The Soft Succulent base of this post card Valentine’s Day card measures 3 inches by 5-1/2 inches.
- I used white on the backs of all the Valentines, and they are the same size as the base of the card.
- Thankfully, I had enough of the jungle DSP to do all the cards my great-nephew needs. Each piece of DSP measures 2-7/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
- I stamped the images and sentiments using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I cropped the monkeys using the largest square from Stitched Shapes die set and one of the stitched rectangles for the sentiment.
Tips for Mass Producing Cards
- When I first started mass producing cards, I would get all the elements stamped, cropped trimmed, etc. Then I would put all the individual cards together one at a time.
- HINT: it’s much easier to get all the pieces needed first. During assembly, work on one thing at a time. For example, with this jungle card, I first trimmed all the bases, then the white for the back of the card. Next, I trimmed down all the DSP. Then I did all the stamping, front and back, and moved on to the coloring.
- HINT #2: I’ve found that I need to make at least one more of each of the focal image blocks and sentiment blocks. That way, if I mess something up, I don’t have to pull out all the supplies again, which really slows down the whole process.
- When it came time to use the blends for the monkeys and the vines, I first colored all the vines using the Soft Succulent blends combo.
- Then, I went back and colored all the faces using the light Crumb Cale blend. Finally, I colored all the rest of the monkeys’ bodies using the dark Crumb Cake blend.
- I did the same thing for assembly. First, I adhered all the white cardstock backs, then the square monkeys, then the sentiments. Finally, I added small black matte dots. I chose the small ones to avoid a choking hazard since the recipients will be around 2 years old.
- For me, this assembly line way of mass producing cards seems to work out best.
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