Lisa’s 10 Minutes or Less Card
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Hello! It?s Lisa with some tips on quick card making and my own 10-minute card.

There are days when a quick card is ALL I?m going to get to create. When my children were younger, I was making a card on the run almost every weekend. I promised each and every time that I was going to create a stash of kid-friendly birthday cards or teacher thank-you cards in advance ? and well, I never did.

Since I know everyone is busy, I thought I?d start with five tips to give you a head-start with quick cards:


  1. Set yourself up for success. I have pre-cut card bases and panels at the ready. While this might not save much time in the grand scheme of things, I know I can reach into my drawer of supplies and find card foundations at the ready. I also have watercolor paper panels and several acrylic blocks with my paper. See the picture above for my basics drawer.
  2. Unless it is very simple, quick cards may not be the time to color. However, it is the perfect time to get inky! Grab your solid surface stamps and your favorite ink pads.
  3. Consider making a one-layer card or use your standby layout. I have a couple layouts that I gravitate to and in a pinch, this will save time.
  4. Limit your layers. When you have limited time, it?s probably not wise to make a shaker card ? unless you are a rock-star of a stamper!
  5. Find simple ways to add wow!
    • Patterned paper
    • Embossing folders
    • Repeat stamping
    • Glitter or sequins

So, with these tips in mind, I set a timer and started stamping!

My first card is a one-layer, inky card. While I used several inks, I put each of the different frame images on a different acrylic block and stamped quickly. This card was finished in less than four minutes! Who doesn?t love a rainbow of fun colors?!

Since I had time on the clock, I started racing and managed to create this card in the remaining time. I die-cut the word bubble, stamped the cup and sentiment, and colored simply with alcohol markers. The small image size makes it perfect for a quick card. I found a bit of patterned paper to dress up the card front and mounted the word bubble with foam tape. Such a fast card!

Since I have two kids, I had to make another card just like it for my son. While I was technically off the clock, I was smart with my time and made a card I know I?ll use. Besides, I had all my supplies out and messy already.

Were these tips helpful? If the only cards you have time to create are quick ones, what are some of your go-to layouts or images? I?d love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Classic Crest solar white 110# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Amy Tangerine Sketchbook 6×6 paper pad from American Crafts; Flirty Frames and Love You a Latte stamp sets from Lawn Fawn; Memento rich cocoa ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; premium dye ink pads (doll pink, orange peel, sunshine, green leaf, island blue, black) from Simon Says Stamp; Copic® markers (0, E25, E29, RV02, RV04, RV06, W1, YR02, YR04, YR07) from Imagination International Inc.; clear glitter pen from A Wink of Stella; A Lot to Say die from Neat and Tangled; Big Shot die-cutting machine, standard magnetic platform for wafer-thin dies and standard cutting pads from Sizzix; adhesive foam tape from 3M.

6 Responses to Lisa’s 10 Minutes or Less Card

  1. DawnL says:

    Great tips and wonderful quick cards, Lisa!!

  2. Great ideas and great cards Lisa!

  3. Great cards, Lisa! I have a similar stash of quick start elements. And, I save all the embellishments-that-didn’t-work too. I can’t tell you how many times I dig through that pile and find the perfect one for another card.

    • Lisa Silver says:

      What a great tip, Pamela! I have a bowl for die-cuts that didn’t make a project as originally planned. I rummage through this for ideas, but will need to make one for embellishments! Thanks!

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