ever find yourself needing a special card and not having the time to make it? the thought of using gas to go to a card store and spending $5 on an impersonal card may be fine for some, but to crafty folk it’s just a waste of time and money. why not consider working ahead to create a stash of cards for the whole year?
what cards would i need?
since everyone’s life is a little different, each person will need a different stash of cards. here are some suggestions which can easily be modified:
thank you cards – everyone receives gifts and favors, and therefore everyone needs to send some thank you cards during a year. thank you cards can be used for a variety of occasions, can be any color or theme and don’t need to be specific to their recipient.
birthday cards – needing birthday cards is pretty much a standard, but some people—those with a large family, for instance, will need to send more than others. generally, birthday cards should be somewhat age- and gender-specific, so keep a variety in your stash. it’s also good to have some gender-neutral cards on hand.
take a look at the calendar for the upcoming year…while you’re at it, why not make some personal birthday cards for those closest to you and save the stash cards for everyone else.
gift cards/tags – find yourself in a panic looking for a card right before you leave the house for a party? make a stash of tiny cards and gift tags that can be used on the fly.
religious occasions – cards are often needed for religious occasions such as communions, bar and bat mitzvahs and confirmations. if you expect to need cards for certain religious occasions, consider making them in advance. if you don’t use them, you can always keep them for the following year or whenever they’re needed.
congratulations – congratulations cards can be used for graduations, new jobs, winning awards, new homes, and similar events. you may want to consider making some general congratulations cards for unexpected events in this category as well. if you expect to need a lot of graduation cards in the next year, consider making some specific ones for your stash.
birth and sympathy – consider making some cards in either or both of these categories as well…it’s the circle of life.
no-occasion cards – cards not associated with any particular occasion can be very useful. they can be used to say hi, as thank-you cards, for birthdays, or even for certain holidays. these cards can be made without a greeting on the front so that one can be added later. check out these chocolate-themed no-occasion cards:
here’s another card that can be used for a loved one for a variety of occasions.
what about holiday cards?
holidays occur every year and you probably send approximately the same number of cards for each holiday each year. for some holidays, you may send so many cards that you use a single design and replicate it many times or allocate time for making the cards. for other holidays, you may choose to send cards if you have them, but not if you don’t. consider making holiday cards for next year when you work on other art for that holiday.
go through your calendar and make a list of holidays, figure out how many cards you might need and then make them in advance. remember that no-occasion cards can be used as holiday cards as well.
designing the cards
some people are natural card designers and like to make each card different. if you’re not, consider using sketches. if you are going to make a bunch of cards, consider printing a page of card sketches and making one card for each sketch. alternately, consider re-using the same sketch to make several cards. since it is unlikely that cards based on the same design will go to the same recipient, you can re-use the same design to make several cards at a single sitting.
what about supplies?
the best supplies to use are already in your artsy and craftsy stashes. consider using scraps of patterned paper and small pieces of leftover ribbon. however, if you want to purchase new materials specific for cards, Making Memories and Paper Source make some card kits that you may find inspiring.
making cards in advance, without the specific pressure of an occasion, can be relaxing and great fun. don’t forget to sprinkle liberally with glitter!!! enjoy.