Stampin’ Up! created the most beautiful Valentine paper for me this year – the From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper! I knew that one way to use up a lot of the paper was to make a lot of Valentine cards – and send them to a lot of people!
How Many Valentine Cards?
Usually it takes me quite a bit of time to design and make just one card. Even if I’m copying an idea from someone else, I still work to give that idea my own personal touch. There are just not enough hours in the day to make lots of different cards. So, for my “lots” of Valentine cards, I needed to make many of the same card. To figure out how many cards I’d need, I made a list of all the people to whom I’d like to send cards. That was way too many! So I ratcheted it down to relatives and close friends. That was still quite a few, but off I went to try to make that many.
When making multiples, create a distraction
For me, making multiples of the same card can get pretty boring pretty fast. But If I am able to create something of a distraction from the same-old-same-old cutting and pasting, I find I can keep the boredom at bay. My first effort at creating a distraction was to decide to make the same card, but with different color combinations. That worked perfectly. I had to keep track, not only of how many hearts I was punching, but what colors they were. I had to make sure I was making the right number of stamped images in the right colors before I punched them. On top of that, I had to make sure that the hearts in the Designer Series Paper sheet that I was using were not upside down when I glued them onto my card front. Yikes!
The colors on both cards are Real Red and Flirty Flamingo, the colors in the Designer Series Paper. For the card on the left, the base color is Flamingo and on the right it’s Red. The accent colors are the opposite. This shows in the mat for the Designer Paper, the doily behind the hearts, and the stamped image. The layer behind each stamped image is one of the large hearts from the Designer Paper punched with the scalloped heart punch from the punch pack.
The Bottom Line
I know it’s hard to create multiples of the same old card, especially when you want to be creative. But then I remember that one of the main reasons I make cards is to send them to people. If I end up making just one or two cards a day, I miss putting a smile on the face of many of those people. So multiples it is. This is not just for events like Valentine’s Day. It’s for everyday thoughts like, “Thinking of You,” or “Just a Note!” You might remember one of my cards from last month. It’s a simple, “Just a Note,” card that’s easily duplicated – and I’ve done it several times! Check it out!