Revolutionize Your Cardmaking with These Time-Saving Tips

Last Updated: June 18, 2024

Are you a card maker who is always short on time but wants to create beautiful and unique handmade cards?

DIY "miss you" card with an ink blended rainbow ombre background and the sentiment die-cut "miss you"

In this blog post, we'll discuss some time-saving tips and tricks for efficient cardmaking that will help you maximize your productivity and create stunning cards without spending hours in your craft room. (But, hey, if you don't mind spending hours in your craft room, we're here to cheer you on and support you too *wink*)

4 handmade cards and a few different colored bird die-cuts

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned card maker, these tips and techniques will surely help you streamline your cardmaking process and save valuable time. Let's dive in and explore some of the best time-saving strategies for efficient cardmaking.

Clean and simple handmade shaker card with a light bulb and stamped flowers in the background

The Challenges of Traditional Cardmaking

Traditional cardmaking often involves time-consuming tasks such as fussy cutting stamped images, stamping multiple layers using an acrylic block, etc. which can be both tedious and inefficient. Additionally, the process can lead to quite a bit of waste, as fussy cutting with scissors may result in unused scraps of paper and stamping "boo boos" can still occur when you use acrylic blocks.

Colorful geometric greeting card made with Altenew PixelGrid Cover Die

Modern and Innovative Crafting Solutions

Our Zero-Waste Dies and One-Go Stamps and Dies offer innovative solutions to some of the most common challenges faced by cardmakers.

Simple thank you card with leaf potpourri in the background, made with Altenew's Zero Waste Dies2 handmade cards made with the same Zero Waste Dies and Stencils from Altenew

The Zero-Waste Dies are designed to streamline the cutting and layering process, allowing you to create intricate designs without the usual material waste. By optimizing the placement of cutting lines, these dies ensure that every piece of paper is utilized to its full potential, reducing waste and increasing cost-effectiveness.

DIY birthday card with a floral background, made with Altenew's One Go Birthday Greeting stamps and diesDIY birthday card created with Altenew's One-Go Stamps and Dies

On the other hand, Altenew's One-Go Stamps and Dies are engineered to maximize productivity by allowing you to stamp and die-cut multiple images in a single pass. This not only saves time but also ensures consistency across your handmade card designs, making the assembly process more efficient and enjoyable.

Time-Saving Tips and Tricks for Efficient Card Making

Motivational greeting card idea with a simple stamped flower background and the sentiment "you are enough"

Create Sentiments in Bulk

One of the most time-consuming aspects of cardmaking is creating sentiments for your cards. Instead of making sentiments one at a time, consider creating them in bulk. Try this the next time you’re binge-watching your favorite TV show or movie, or while listening to a podcast. This will save you time in the long run and ensure that you always have a stash of sentiments ready to use for your cards. 

A few die-cut sentiments for card making and paper crafting

By having a collection of pre-made sentiments on hand, you can easily add them to your handmade cards and save precious time during the cardmaking process.

DIY 'hugs' card idea with colorful geometric background and whimsical floralsSimple masculine card idea with colorful geometric background, made with Altenew PixelGrid Cover Die

Use Versatile Geometric Backgrounds

Geometric backgrounds are not only trendy and visually appealing, but they are also incredibly versatile. Instead of spending time creating intricate and elaborate backgrounds for your cards, consider using geometric stamps, stencils, cover dies, or 3D embossing folders.

Boho chic handmade card idea with purple 3D embossed background and boho dream catcher

These versatile tools can be used to create a wide range of background designs, from simple and minimalistic patterns to bold and eye-catching geometric shapes. By incorporating geometric backgrounds into your handmade card designs, you can save time while still achieving a modern and stylish look.

Handmade masculine birthday card dea with a wooden fence and bird die-cut

Invest in Versatile and Multi-Purpose Crafting Kits and Products

When it comes to efficient cardmaking, investing in versatile and multi-purpose crafting kits and products can make a world of difference. Look for crafting kits that include a variety of coordinating elements, such as stamps, dies, stencils, and more. These all-in-one kits can help you save time by providing everything you need to create cohesive and professional-looking cards without having to search for matching products.

3 handmade cards made with the same stamps and stencils

Additionally, consider investing in multi-purpose crafting products, such as versatile stamp sets, basic dies, and gradient cardstock. These essential supplies can be used for a wide range of card designs, making them valuable time-saving assets for any card maker.

Altenew's 9" x 12" Ultra Sticky Mat for card making and ink blending
Fun Fact: The 9” x 12” Ultra Sticky Mat is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to crafting. With this sticky mat, you can save so much time and create cards effortlessly! 
DIY masculine card with ink blended geometric background and the sentiment "kindness is your superpower"Handmade masculine greeting card idea with geometric background

Make the Most Out of Your Stencils and Embossing Folders

Stencils and embossing folders are powerful tools that can help you create intricate and detailed designs on your handmade cards with minimal effort. Sometimes it’s challenging to find a background pattern for your focal point. Stencils and embossing folders (especially coordinating ones!) can help add texture and visual interest to your projects easily.

3 handmade greeting cards made with the same Altenew products and dye inks

These tools are incredibly versatile and can be used with various mediums, such as dye inks, embossing paste, or watercolors. By making the most out of your stencils and embossing folders, you can quickly elevate the look of your cards while saving time on intricate design work.

Altenew Stampwheel stamping platform for card making, scrapbooking, and other DIY paper crafting projects

Invest in a Good Stamping Platform

A good stamping platform is a game-changer when it comes to efficient cardmaking. Instead of individually stamping each image or sentiment on your cards, a stamping platform allows you to stamp multiple images at once with precision and ease. This not only saves time but also ensures consistent and crisp stamped impressions on your cards.

Altenew Stampwheel stamping platform for card making, scrapbooking, and other DIY paper crafting projects

Look for a stamping platform that offers stability, adjustable positioning, and compatibility with various stamp sizes. With a reliable stamping platform in your crafting arsenal, you can streamline the stamping process and significantly reduce the time spent creating multiple stamped elements for your cards.

DIY masculine greeting card with a green leafy backgroundHandmade masculine greeting card with green leafy background

Create Multiple Cards at Once Using the Same Products

Another effective time-saving technique for efficient cardmaking is to create multiple cards at once using the same products. Whether you're using stamps, layering stencils, dies, inks, or 3D embossing folders, creating multiple cards with the same design elements can help you maximize your productivity and save time.

2 handmade greeting cards with layered flower stencil from Altenew

Once you have selected your handmade card design and gathered the necessary supplies, consider making two or more cards simultaneously. This allows you to efficiently use the same products across multiple cards while minimizing the setup and cleanup time for each card.

Handmade greeting cards for grocery workers and frontliners, made with Altenew stamps and dies2 nature themed DIY greeting cards with stenciled leaves and foliage

Additionally, creating cards in batches can help you establish a consistent workflow and make the most out of your creative energy. Read more on How Mass Produced Cards Can Still Be Creative and Unique.

3 easy handmade card ideas made with the same 3D embossing folders, press plates, and hot foil rolls

Enjoy These Time-Saving Tips for Cardmaking

Efficient cardmaking is all about maximizing your time and resources while still creating beautiful and high-quality handmade cards. By implementing these time-saving tips and techniques into your cardmaking routine, you can streamline your process, boost your productivity, and enjoy the satisfaction of creating stunning cards without feeling overwhelmed by time constraints.

Cute DIY handmade shaker card with goldfish images

Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional card maker, these tips and techniques will surely help you make the most out of your crafting time and produce impressive DIY cards with ease. Find more cardmaking ideas, tips, and tricks In the Craft Room!

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