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  • Writer's pictureDori Shelton

Tips and Tricks for Fast and Simple Cards

Hello everyone!

Thank you for joining me today!

In this post, I am sharing tips and tricks to keep your card making simple and fast without sacrificing creativity. Card making techniques are wonderful and lots of fun to do; but sometimes you might just not have time, or the "mojo" to spend hours or days on making a card. Spending less time on a card doesn't mean you can't be fun and creative with it.

Click the video below for a full walk through of all the techniques and then scroll down for further pictures and more details.

Card 1: Sending you Lots of Hugs

Tip 1: Patterned papers can pull together a card in just a few minutes. If you're worried about coordinating papers, use a paper pad because these papers are designed to go together.

Tip 2: Find a sketch with measurements. Sometimes the thing that can take the longest when making a card is just figuring out the layout you want to do. If you can find a sketch with measurements, the hard work is already done for you.

For this card I chose this Mojo Monday sketch.

Card 2: Happy Thoughts

Tip 1: Embrace the White Space! Don't be afraid of leaving a lot of white space on a card. You do not have to fill up an entire card front. A splash of color with a black outline image and a simple sentiment can pull a card together in just a matter of minutes.

Tip 2: This is the perfect chance to look through your stash and use some of your older stamps.

Card 3: You Make Me Smile

Card 4: Happy Birthday.

Tip 1: Using embossing folders is a fast and easy way to add a fun wow factor to your card. With so many different types on the market you can really step up the dimension and texture of a card in just a matter of minutes.

Tip 2: Be sure to look through your "extras" that you've saved from previous projects. You might just discover that you already have what you need. For example, on this card I already had the "YOU" die cut so that saved me time!

Card 5: Friends are Treasures

Card 6: Always time for Friendship

Tip 1: Color blocking is a great way to get multiple cards from one technique. Combining it with a stamped image that's easily taken apart and put back together in a variety of ways can add a fun factor as well.

Measurements for the Card Blocking were as follows:

(5) squares of colored card stock measuring 3 3/4 x 3 3/4

Once the squares were all stamped with the same image, I cut each square as follows

Down the middle at 1 7/8

The left piece of the square was then rotated and cut in half again at 1 7/8

The right side of the square was cut into three pieces at 2 1/2 and then 1 1/4

That is all for today. I hope you enjoyed this tips for simple and fast card making and that they inspire you to be creative today!

I am participating in the following challenges:

Gem of a Craft Challenge: Anything Goes (Card 1)

Less is More: Anything Goes CAS (Card 2)

All Sorts Challenge: Anything Goes (Card 1)

Can You Handle the Pressure? Embossing Folder (optional floral) (Card 4)

Crafty Katz: Anything Goes (Card 5)

Creative Fingers: Anything Goes (Card 6)

My Time To Craft: Dry embossing (Card 3)

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