How To Save Time Making Cards


Posted on 8th April 2014 by Barbara Daines
Filed under All Papercraft Tutorials, Design Team

How To Make Cards In Batches

Hi everyone, Barbara here today with a small tutorial on 'batch card-making' to save you time making your handmade cards - all cards made with Papermilldirect White Linen!

I know lots of us don't like to ever make 2 cards alike, but sometimes 'needs must'! A batch of similar cards are great as gifts, wrapped in pretty sellophane and finished off with ribbon. I do lots of craft fairs, and packs of pretty cards are always a big seller.  On this blog you can find lots of great tips for selling handmade cards.

If you've ever made Wedding Stationery, doing one step at a time is an absolute MUST!  So, here's the method I use.....very basic, of course, no need to make things more difficult than they need to be.

        Batch Card Making

Firstly, I raided my 'inky' box.....this is where I keep all my  inked pieces of white linen cardstock....((my next tutorial will show you my methods of getting inky))

Paper Butterflies

I stamped and cut-out 6 of the fabulous Zen paper butterflies from Lavinia Stamps, I adore this stamp.

Paper Butterflies

And, because I'm finicky, I inked the backs of them too....

card blanks white linen

Next step was to fold and cut 6 x A6 base cards from Papermilldirect's beautiful white linen.

'matts' from black cardstock

And 6 'matts' from Papermilldirect black cardstock

butterfly cards

After cutting 6 more smaller pieces of white linen, I stamped the Zen butterfly and various sentiments. (great if you're giving as a gift)

batch card making card blanks

Now it's time to assemble the various parts.

butterfly card blanks

And last, but not least, pop the ready-cut butterfly on top of the stamped one.

Pretty butterfly design handmade crads

Don't these look fab now?

At this stage you can add jewels, glitter, bows etc. if needed.

Simple, effective and only took half an hour!

Products used for 6 cards:-

4.5 A4 sheets of white linen

1.5 A4 sheets of black

Scraps of inky-coloured white linen

Zen butterfly stamp from Lavinia Stamps,

and various sentiment stamps

Versafine inkpad

Here are another couple of sets I made in exactly the same way...

Gold envelopes Thank You cards

Handmade Thank You Cards

Hope you like them, share your latest makes over on the Papermilldirect Facebook Page


I'll be back soon with the best ways to get 'inky fingers'.

Tagged: batch cardmaking, diy notecards, diy thank you cards

6 thoughts on “How To Save Time Making Cards”

Barbara Daines

09th April 2014 at 9:22 pm

Thanks Barbara.....if you're doing wedding stationery, 'one step at a time' is definitely the way to go. I made my son & D-I-L's stationery, for 105 guests and if I hadn't done this method, it would have taken me months, instead of weeks x

Barbara Daines

09th April 2014 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Mags, Inky post coming soon ;-)

Barbara Daines

09th April 2014 at 9:17 pm

Glad I've inspired you, Lisa.....hope to see what you make ;-)

Barbara Greenhalgh

09th April 2014 at 12:41 pm

Great tips here, may be doing wedding invites next year so will make a note. Love, Love, Love the butterflies, just stunning. Thanks for sharing. xxx


09th April 2014 at 8:04 am

Great cards and fab tutorial on batch making. Looking forward to seeing your inky tips. Mags x

lisa winnard

09th April 2014 at 1:48 am

What a fabulous idea. I have the doily stamp and I'm so gona pinch this quick card making technique! I have a stack of the beautiful white linen card and now I know what I'm going to use it for. Thank you.

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