here today with a card you can make in less than 10 minutes! I’ll be honest—when I first heard about the 10-minute card challenge I didn’t think I would have a problem. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to crafting, I don’t measure and I try not to sweat the small stuff. BUT … when I sat down with my first card idea, I was crafting in a panic, trying to do something cool AND keep it within the time limit. I made a mess, the card did not turn out as I had imagined and I went over my time limit. That’s when I realized it was time to KISS (Keep it Simple Silly!)
I have a couple of tips to share about keeping it simple and being prepared to craft a card in the next free 10 minutes you happen to have. The first tip is to pre-cut and score some card bases. If you tend to make A2 cards, then cut a bunch of 8 1/2 x 11-inch pieces of white cardstock in half and use a scoring tool to score them in half. Don’t forget these can be used as top-folding or side-folding cards!
Another tip is to die-cut some rectangles in the same card size. I love using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle as a card panel so I cut a bunch of those out of the same white cardstock. The stitching detail adds a nice touch and if I make a mistake I can just throw out the card panel rather than an entire card.
My next tip is to use pre-made embellishments! There are no rules that state you MUST stamp or ink or paint on every single card! Give yourself a break and grab some fun scrapbooking or card-making embellishments that you’ve had your eye on but haven’t used yet.
My last tip is to grab more elements from the same collection as the embellishments to complete your card. I love the Amy Tangerine Inflated Ephemera so I used the 6 x 6-inch paper pad and washi tapes to create my card. When you use items from one collection, a card tends to come together more quickly because you don’t have to worry about things matching.
With all the prep work I did, I was able to heat-emboss the sentiment and still create this simple card in about seven minutes, giving me several extra minutes to fuss around with the twine bow—lol!
I would love to hear your tips or supplies you keep ready to go for quick crafting!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Supplies: Solar white 80 lb. cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Amy Tangerine On A Whim Collection (6×6 paper pad, Inflated Ephemera die cuts, washi tape) from American Crafts; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; clear detail embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle; Large Stitched Rectangle dies (#LF767) from Lawn Fawn; pink sorbet twine from The Twinery; scoring board from Scor-Pal Products; adhesive runner from Therm O Web.