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Stamping For Card Makers Simplify Your Start & Reduce Decision Fatigue

Updated: Apr 15

If you're an avid card maker, you know that the world of crafting supplies is vast and can sometimes feel overwhelming. With so many options available, it's easy to get caught up in decision fatigue, spending precious time and energy trying to choose the perfect embellishments and designs for your cards. However, there's one versatile tool that can simplify your card-making process and alleviate decision fatigue by following a few simple process.

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Stamping has long been a beloved technique in the world of card making, and for good reason. It allows you to create beautifully detailed designs with ease, adding a personal touch to your cards that simply can't be replicated with pre-made embellishments. Stamps come in a wide variety of themes and styles, making it easy to find the perfect design for any occasion or recipient.

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How to Simplify Your Card Making with Less Decision Fatigue:

So, how can simplify your card-making process? Let's explore a few key ways:

Step 1: Limit Your Supplies:

By starting with a limited set of supplies that you want to work with saves time and less decision fatigue. For today's post I limited my supplies to stamp sets that I wanted to use from Hero Arts. By limiting the stamp sets and dies I wanted to use I could follow the steps in the process and just enjoy each process in this system.

Wild Columbine Hero Arts Card by Rick Adkins

Step 2: Decision-less Die Cutting:

After I picked the dies I new I wanted to use I start the card making journey with sitting down and just doing some decision-less die cutting. I don't have any card ideas in mind. I just set down and die cut the elements I wanted to use, like frames, word dies, floral elements etc. I may not use all of them when I get to the design process but I have them when I want to use them. If I don't use something I can put them back in the die storage to use at a later time.

Color Layering Iris Hero Arts Slimline Card by Rick Adkins

Step 3: Envelopes:

After I had my decision-less die cutting I put everything in different envelopes. And I put all of that In a Photo Box where I have my supplies stored that I want to use. But regular old plain envelopes work great for storing the pieces until you get to the design process plus you will use them in a later process as well. I also cut card panels at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" in White Cardstock, Bristol Cardstock, and Watercolor Paper as well and store in the Envelopes and put in the box to use on my cards.

Antique Bee Hero Arts Wreath Card by Rick Adkins

Step 4: Batch Stamping:

The next step is just to set down and stamp out your images. I stamp them all on a large piece of cardstock, watercolor paper or Bristol paper. All depending on how I think I may want to color them later. Since I love to watercolor I do must of mine stamping on Watercolor Paper with Water proof ink. I used Hero Arts Intense Black Ink on today's projects since it's waterproof and I could use my Hero Arts Watercolors to color. While I am in the stamping process I also stamp a set of simple cards as well.

Antique Bee & Bee Fancy Die Hero Arts Card by Rick Adkins

Step 5: Color

Next in the process is to set down and enjoy your favorite coloring process. This can be down as I you have time. You can go pull your stamped images from your box and your coloring supplies and take them and color each image as you have time. You can take this to your kids games, or sit and watch a show and just enjoy the coloring process as you have time. It could be five or ten minutes here or there. The great thing about this system is that you can do each step as you have time. So you are not making a ton of decisions and you actually get more done.

Tulips Bouquet Hero Arts Card by Rick Adkins

Step 6: Fantastic Fussy Cutting:

Yes, I said Fantastic Fussy Cutting! I know most people don't like to fussy cut, but I have found that if I set down to watch a movie or tv show and that's all I am doing after my other sessions then I don't mind it to much. But this is also where if you have dies that coordinate with your stamped images that you use them as well. But I don't worry to much about the small things, If I cut something off it's okay.

Coloring Layering Iris Hero Arts Card by Rick Adkins

Step 7: Auditions and Casting the Card:

The last step in the process is the audition phase. That's where I lay everything out and create different arrangements on card panels. Once I find a design I like I slide the elements into my envelopes again. And the envelope goes back in the box. Then when I have time I can go to the box and pull out an envelope and create the card. At this point all I have to do is some background inking and add the sentiments or sub-sentiment and put the card together.

Over the last few weeks I have found that by using this system that I can be more creative, and come up with things I might not have thought of when I was just sitting down and making one card. Plus, I am using supplies I have wanted to use for awhile and haven't gotten around to. And by limiting the supplies it's less to decide on at one time. Plus this has actually saved me time because I am not frustrated with what am I going to do for this card attitude. I can set down with my envelope and create the cards I want when I have time. Once the box is empty and I have time I can start again. Thanks for dropping by today.

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