Our frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman is back. This time, she’s delving into her favorite way to make cards – “By the Batch” method. Learn how Judi created her 8 cards by this method. The cards are divided in 2 batches (4 per batch) and she provided photos and instructions. We hope you enjoy today’s post!
Thanks for inviting me to share some projects, Joset. I get the same question all the time: How do you have time to make so many cards? The best tip I can offer is to make several at the same time and keep them simple.
This batch of projects illustrates my point. I made eight cards, There is a mix of stamping and coloring, a tad of fussy cutting and a smidgen of layering. The pre-folded patterned cards were purchased by the box.
1. To create the first batch of four cards: Place Black peel-offs on white cardstock, leaving space between them so they can be cut apart as separate rectangles. Refer to the photo above. Cluster the “extras” from the peel-off sheet off to the side. TIP: Keeping these little pieces on the cardstock with the other peel-offs makes it easy to color everything with the same markers. If you want to make five cards instead of four leave more space between the two Cuties with daisy skirts.
2. Using your favorite markers and pens, color Flower Cuties and all small extra pieces as shown or as you prefer.
3. Cut apart the rectangles, mat with a narrow black border, adhere to an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) patterned card base.
4. Fussy-cut around the leaves, flowers, butterfly, ladybugs and other remaining elements. Using foam tape for dimension, arrange and adhere these pieces. Refer to the photos above. (*I used all but ONE of the extras…the curved butterfly didn’t make it to the final projects)
5. To create the second batch of four cards: Instead of Black, start with Flower Cuties in Gold or Silver. Arrange some of the extra pieces (flower pot, butterfly, ladybugs) so they can be cut as a single unit with the Cuties. Using colors that coordinate with the boxed cards, color inside the lines with alcohol markers. Then color around the Cuties with one or more markers, halo-style, before cutting them out. This takes a bit more time than cutting a rectangle, but less time than fussy-cutting along the outlines! Optional: Using fine nib black and white pens draw faces and add details with a bit of doodling (two cards with polka dot background).
6. Stamp sentiments. Cut apart the lines of text and discard any unwanted words. Examples: Instead of the text on the stamp that said “I don’t think I want any more adventures” it is shortened to “I want more adventures” and instead of “If you’re already walking on thin ice you may as well dance” it is shortened to “you may as well dance.”
7. Using foam tape for added dimension, assemble the card fronts as shown in the two photos above and the two photos below.
More options: Use this same “By the Batch” strategy with a wide variety of Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-offs including Jackie’s Dolls, Dragonfly Ladies, and more.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Ranger Industries –
Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley “Say What You Mean” stamp set DYR34551
Adirondacks Earthtones Inks in Terra Cotta and Stream
Beacon Adhesives – ZipDry Paper Glue
Letraset – ProMarkers
Sakura of America –
Pigma Micron 01 and 05 in Black
Gelly Roll Medium in White
WorldWin Papers – ColorMates 90# Smooth & Silky Cardstock in White
Other – Lucky Charm and The Pier boxed cards (American Crafts); Foam tape (manufacturer of choice); Black speckled cardstock (manufacturer of choice); Basic tools including fine point scissors, craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat or paper trimmer