Thursday, November 5, 2015

How to Make a Personal Card When You Have No Time

Years ago I loved to sit in my craft room and create away for hours, but lately my interest in paper-crafting is waning more and more.  It can be frustrating because if you have a reputation for always giving a thoughtful, handmade card for every occasion, people come to expect that.  I remember one time I was really pressed for time and I gave a lady in my church a store bought card for her birthday.  She was so upset, she said she always looks forward to getting a hand made card from me (never mind when it's my birthday and I get a card from no one in my church, nor a verbal greeting either!).  So I never made that mistake again and I always made sure to make her card extra special.

 But because I do the card ministry at my church, I have to send out birthday, anniversary, sympathy,  and get well card or other ministry-related to everyone in the congregation.  Some months, I really struggle to stay ahead and I have to find simple card designs or "cheats" to create that personal/hand-made card.  One way I have found to create a personal card when I have no time is to use pre-colored digital images.

The card pictured below uses one of those pre-colored images. I had this image just sitting on a pile on my desk.  As always, I was late getting a birthday card done on time, so it came in real handy.  All I had to do was cut it out with a Spellbinders Nestability and slap it on a few layers of coordinating card stock.

I have no idea what company the image is from, so if someone recognizes it let me know so I can give the artist credit.  I really wish all digital art companies would put their logo in tiny print somewhere at the bottom of their image.  That would be so helpful to me, as I tend to print them then lose the information of where they are from.

I did have to do something to this card to make it look like some effort went into making it, so I added a sentiment stamped on vellum and a felt heart.  I cut the vellum sentiment banner with an MFT die.

Pre-colored digital images come in handy if your really pressed for time;  which I always seem to be.

Have a great day!  Amy


  1. This is such a beautiful and nice idea ♥♥

  2. This is such a lovely card, great idea :)

  3. What a beautiful card Amy - the vellum sentiment is the perfect touch. I don't know how you keep up with all the cards that you need to make for your Church! I know what you mean about feeling the pressure to make a handmade card instead of just buying one. I love using pre-coloured Digi stamps as it takes me ages to colour stamped images. Digi Stamp Boutique ( has pre-coloured images which I have found to print out really nicely - so thought I would pass it on to you.

    Blessings to you Amy
    Jocelyn x

  4. Very cute card! But sorry to hear your interest in paper crafting is declining. I do hope you'll continue to make cards! Maybe you should try joining a DT again, I sometimes think it's the only thing that gets me still creating. Just saw a call out for the ABC Christmas challenge. I know you make Christmas cards all year, so it would be a perfect fit for you :-)


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