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Holiday Quickies: Ten Minute Cards

Ten Minute Cards

By: Linda Selymes, Editor and Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 5.5" x 5.5"

For this post I will do a detailed tutorial on the first card shown above, and quick and dirty instructions on the three shown in the second photo.  But, before I start, I'd like to share a few tips about making cards quickly.

First of all, the very first time you make an original card, (not one for which you already have a tutorial), it's my guess you can't do it in ten minutes.  Designing cards usually takes much longer.  You will normally audition things, find things you do like, things you don't, change your mind, and change supplies before you come up with "THE" perfect design that you like.  Only one of the cards shown above was made in only ten minutes the very first time I made it, and at least for me, that's very unusual!  It almost always takes more time the first time around.  Maybe I'll let you guess which one it was.  However, the second card I made of each of the designs shown was completed in ten minutes or less.

The second tip is, in order to make cards quickly, whether you are making one or a dozen, make sure you have all your supplies at hand.  Nothing is worse when you are under a tight schedule than to have to search for what you need.  So it's a good idea when you have a card you really like. which you want to make multiple times, to write down the supplies used so you can find them before you start.  I think it goes without saying that if you are doing multiples of the same card, you use the "assembly line" process.  Cut all your papers, do your dry embossing if needed, die cut all images you are using, stamp all your images, including adding the embossing powder if you are using it; emboss all after they're stamped, and then assemble the cards and add glitz at the end.  When you know what you are doing, and do it in order, you can make fairly complex cards quickly.

Thirdly, I don't know if you can really call this a tip, but I make about 70 cards every Christmas to send out, plus a few to sell to close friends, and I would NEVER have the attention span to do the same card that many times, so I usually spend a day or so designing, write everything down, and then I make about 10-12 of each of the designs I want for that year.  Sometimes I will bring out favorite designs from a previous year.  To make sure I don't send the same card to the same people twice, I keep a database with the names and addresses of people to whom I mail cards  (or give one in person) .  Each of the designs each year is numbered, i.e., card 1, card 2, etc.  I make a little note in the database that in 2010 I sent card 3 to my sister and so forth, so that if I do card 3 from 2010 again this year, she doesn't get it twice.  Make sense? Also it takes almost no time, since I always photograph cards I make and keep them on the computer and on a labeled CD and the name and year (2010 Christmas Card 1) tells me everything I need to know.

If some of you reading this have some tips on quick card making, it would be wonderful if you would share them with us in a comment.  Having said that, let's get started!

2011 Christmas Card 1 (shown above)


 Joy to the World (Impress Rubber Stamps)
Stained  Glass Background (Heartfelt Creations)
Duplex Brown Polka Dot Card Stock (Memory Box)
Gold Card Stock (Curious Irridescents)
Kraft Card Stock (Unknown)
Glossy White Card Stock (KromeKote)
Colorbox Gold Pigment Ink (Clearsnap)
Brilliance Archival Pearlescent Chocolate (Tsukineko)
Scoring Board & Bone folder (Martha Stewart)
Heartfelt Exclusive Decorative Oval Window Die (Spellbinders)
Grand Calibur Die Cut and Embossing Machine (Spellbinders)
Detail Gold Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Judikins)
Heat Tool (Milwaukee)
Paper Cutter (Fiskars)
Scotch Mounting Tape (3M)
Double-sided Adhesive (Staples)
Large Pop Up Glue Dots
Decorative Flower (Prima Flowers)
Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Stamp Handle and Foam squares (Ranger Industries)
Acrylic Block for foam mounted stamps 


  1. All of the supplies you will need for this card are shown in the picture below except for the heat tool, die cut machine, paper cutter, and the Scoring Board.
  2. Start by cutting all your paper to the size needed.  Duplex Polka Dot paper is a half sheet, cut to 11" x 5.5", scored and folded for a top fold card base.  The Kraft card stock is 5.25" x 5.25"  You will need two pieces of gold card stock, one at 5" x 5" for background, and one that is approximately 5" x 4.5" for the die cut.  You will also need a scrap of glossy white card stock approximately 4.5" square for the sentiment.
  3. Cut and dry emboss the die following your die cutting machine directions for the cutting and embossing sandwich.  With scissors, cut out the center cross bars.
  4. Lightly distress the die cut with Brilliance Chocolate ink, using the Tim Holtz tool or a sponge.  
  5. Turn the die over, and using thin strips cut from the mounting tape, add the tape around the whole die cut, but don't remove the backing yet, and set aside.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in the center of the glossy white card stock with gold ink, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, remove excess and return to container, heat emboss and set aside.  On the gold 5" square, stamp the stained glass background two times with the Brilliance Chocolate ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  (Note:  It's usually faster to do all the stamping and embossing at the same time.)
  7. Centering the die cut over the sentiment sheet, remove the backing from the mounting tape, and press it firmly over the sentiment.
  8. Now turn the piece over and with scissors trim the excess glossy card stock away so that none of it shows from the front.  It doesn't need to be neat on the back.
  9. Distress the edges of the gold background stained glass piece and the Kraft background piece with Brilliance Chocolate Ink.
  10. All that is left to do is assemble the card.  Here are all the pieces.
  11. Adhere the Kraft card stock to the card base, and the 5" x 5" gold stock to the Kraft stock.  Add more adhesive to the back of the sentiment piece, and center on the front of the gold card stock.  Adhere the Prima flower with a large Pop Up Glue dot, and the card is finished on the outside.  On my card, I added a simple sentiment on the inside which said "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".  I have little stick-on labels that I print by the sheet on the computer and adhere to the back which say "Handmade by lindamarie designs".  One of these days I'll get around to having a custom stamp made for myself.
2011 Christmas Card #2
This is an A2 card (4.25" x 5.5") and requires only two stamps, both from the Heartfelt Creations Wise men Ornament Set.  Stamp the ornament in embossing ink, sprinkle with gold EP, and heat set.  Cut out the ornament with scissors, leaving a scant fraction of an inch around the outside gold line.  Tape it onto a scrap of red glitter paper, and then cut out the glitter paper leaving a tiny border.  Set aside.  Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of gold card stock, and trim around it closely.  Cut a green piece of glitter paper the same size as the card front, 4.25" x 5.5" and glue to the card blank.  Add dimensional tape to the back of the ornament layers and some tape to the back of the sentiment and add to the card front.  Another hint for fast card making, is to let the paper do most of the work, and use little baubles, like tiny bow I added.  It comes ready-made, and is from Granny's Bitty Bows.  After I made this card, an improvement I'll make on the next ones I make is to stamp the sentiment in embossing ink and emboss with black.  I think it will show up better.  One other time saver is there is a gorgeous Heirloom Ornament die made by Spellbinders which I will use to cut the red glitter paper with.  I had ordered it but didn't have it when I made the first card.


2011 Christmas Card #3
This card is 5.5" x 5.5" and also requires only two stamps.  Both are by Heartfelt Creations.  Stamp the Feather Grass Flourish stamp in embossing ink on the outside edges of the  burgundy background card front and emboss with gold EP.  Stamp the Elegant Holly Swirl on a small square (about 4") with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color the leaves  with green copic markers.  Add purple ink to the edges with a sponge.  Cut a piece of gold card stock about a quarter-inch larger than the image and glue the image on top, and the gold card stock to the card front.  Add red stickles to the berries, green stickles to the flourishes,  and allow to dry.  Card finished!

2011 Christmas Card #4

This is another 5.5" square card with only two stamps.  The holly is another stamp in the Elegant Holly Swirl set by Heartfelt Creations, and Joy to the World is the same stamp used in the first card, by Impress Rubber Stamps.  To make this card, make a 5.5" card blank from one-sided patterned card stock.  Cut a piece of black card stock a fraction smaller and adhere.  Cut a piece of gold card stock a fraction smaller in height and about .75" smaller in width and adhere to the right side of the black card front.  The gold leaves are a specialty ribbon made by May Arts and are glued down the edge between the black and gold stock with glue dots.  Stamp the holly with Tuxedo Black ink on a piece of white card stock and color with markers of choice.  Die cut with the scalloped circle die by Spellbinders, and before removing the die, sponge some purple ink around the edges.  Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of white, trim, distress edges with purple ink, and adhere to a slightly larger scrap of black.  Adhere the sentiment at the bottom and the image centered above it.  Voila!  All done!
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful, especially if you're behind in your cards.  I gave you a little hint in this article that should help you decide which card was made in under 10 minutes the first time I made it.  Which one do you think it was?
Have a very blessed, safe, and Merry Christmas!


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